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Virtual Meeting

What is a virtual meeting?

Virtual meetings can be defined as meetings that involve professional interactions using integrated audio, video, and digital tools. The meeting attendees participate remotely and usually don’t share a common physical location.

This is a common phenomenon adopted by companies as they started adopting the new hybrid work model.

Now, let’s understand the various types of virtual meetings.

What are some types of virtual meetings?

The main types of virtual meetings are:

  • Teleconference
  • Video conference
  • Web conference

Let’s discuss the types in depth below: 

Teleconference

In this, meetings are conducted over the telephone or mobile phone. It was one of the primary modes of meetings before advanced technology took over. It is simple to use and requires no additional budget as every individual has the basic equipment. However, with technological advancement, the audio only stream makes it too one-way communication and modern office spaces don’t mandatorily need work phones to operate.

Video conference:

With applications like Skype, Teams, and Google Meets, organizations can have video meetings where the participants are able to see each other and connect better. However, some systems need updated software making them less affordable for smaller companies. Also, a security issue persists where hackers could access sensitive company files.

Web conference:

Video meeting software has now been upgraded into full-fledged web conferencing platforms that are browser-based and don’t require additional software setups. These platforms also help make the meetings more engaging with features like mobile accessibility, cloud storage, Q&A sessions, and interactive polls. The only limitation of this system is a slow internet connection.

Thus, with the onslaught of remote work, different modes of virtual meetings have been gaining prominence.

How can I prepare for a successful virtual meeting?

Here are the best practices for the participants of a virtual meeting:

  • Try accessing the meeting 2-3 minutes earlier than the scheduled meeting timings, as it helps avoid potential network issues.
  • Always prefer selecting the device with a better audio mode, i.e., your computer or phones, and not both.
  • Mute yourself throughout the meeting and unmute only while addressing the meeting or asking a question.
  • Speak directly into the headset or microphone to ensure all the meeting participants hear you.
  • Enable your web camera to make the meeting more interactive.
  • During conference calls refrain from side conversations and let only one person speak; not following this leads to confusion.
  • Meetings may be recorded, so limit the information being shared online.

What are some tips for hosting successful virtual meetings?

Here are the best practices for hosting a successful virtual meeting:

  • Create efficient agendas and inform the meeting attendees of their roles beforehand.
  • Start the meeting with an agenda review and introduction to the attendees.
  • Use tools like presentation slides, interactive polls, and Q&A sessions to make the meetings more interactive.
  • Ensure all the team members can participate in the discussion and are engaged throughout the meeting.
  • Send a copy of the meeting minutes after it ends, including the outcomes, and the actionable insights derived.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1.  How long should a virtual meeting last?

A virtual meeting usually lasts for 30 minutes to one hour or might take longer hours if its objectives still need to be fulfilled.

Q2.  What are the advantages of virtual meetings?

The key advantages of virtual meetings are convenience, flexibility, cost-saving, and enhanced personalization. They also add other potential benefits like reduced time travel, environmental impact and global collaboration.

Q3.  What is the difference between a virtual meeting and an online meeting?

Virtual meetings are conducted remotely using digital tools, while online meetings are conducted using the Internet for communication and collaboration.

Q4. How do I choose the right virtual meeting platform?

To choose the right virtual meeting platform, consider meeting needs, features like video quality and screen sharing, user-friendliness, cost, security measures, and integration capabilities with existing tools.

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