I shared Beth Kanter’s post on making online meetings less exhaustive in this past Friday’s Mixed Links edition, but thought it was worth going into a little more.

In that post, Beth shares the online session she did with Lightful in the UK and here are her top tips on handling online meetings.

  • Have an agenda to stay on track.
  • Have more than one facilitator to handle typed in questions or technical issues.
  • Be understanding of children and pets (and don’t worry so much about yours).
  • Encourage webcams to feel closer to colleagues.
  • Use Zoom backgrounds for some fun or to hide what’s going on at your house.
  • Schedule at least an hour of downtime between meetings.
  • Use breakout rooms to encourage more conversation in smaller groups.

For more tips and resources, see Beth’s full video and post on her blog.