You usually have power meetings over breakfast, golf, or at a steak dinner.

Welcome to Power Quarantini Gatherings – your new virtual space to meet on a casual level with colleagues, team and family.

Just like any business or personal meeting, you don’t want to waste your time. And that’s what I find happening in our new virtual world – too many meetings with too many voices and not enough structure. Net result – “get me out of here”.

Here are 5 tips on creating a virtual casual meeting space that works.

  1. Chose a facilitator. If you are meeting in person at that steak dinner you do not need to appoint a facilitator! But, in our pandemic virtual world, you must have a way to organize the gathering.
  2. Listen more than you talk. And when you are listening, mute your computer.
  3. Introduce everyone at the meeting. Last week we had a Quarantini with distant cousins on my husband’s side and there were a few on the call that I did not know. I still don’t know much about them!
  4. Share your screen with caution. You might want to have everyone see your screen and there is an easy button to click on Zoom to do this. But, be sure you don’t have stuff open on your screen and tabs at the top that you want to remain private. Best rule of thumb: clean your open tabs before attending a virtual gathering.
  5. Follow general meeting best practices. Even if these meetings are of a casual nature, you still want to have a clear understanding of when the meeting starts & ends, what’s the general agenda and what everyone wants to accomplish.

Stay safe. Stay sane.

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Karen Cortell Reisman, MS, Executive Communication Author & Speaker

 

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