Working from home also means that we all have to conduct and attend online meetings on a daily or weekly basis. To ensure that you are aware of the best etiquette when hosting or attending online meetings, the following rules should be followed. These rules will ensure that all attending will experience a successful online meeting.

Always Test your Device and Software before the Online Meeting

Before conducting or attending a meeting ensure that you have setup your device in a space that has a neutral background. Then test your video and make sure that you are happy with how it looks. Next, test the sound and set the volume to a suitable volume. Most importantly, you need to ensure that you have received a meeting link way in advance of the meeting. All software that connects you to the online meeting should also be checked in advance to ensure you that it works correctly.

Dress Professionally

Choosing what you should wear to an online meeting is sometimes a difficult one. It is best to choose a professional look that represents the type of meeting that is to be held online. If it is a high level meeting, then a more professional look should be followed. If it is a more informal day-to-day meeting, then a more relaxed look that is still professional should be followed.

Be On Time

It is best to arrive early for any online meeting as suggested above as it will allow you time to check your device and software settings to ensure that you are able to join the meeting. Never be late for an online meeting as it will disrupt the dynamics of the online meeting and it will show disrespect. Always log into the meeting on time and if possible a few minutes earlier.

Put your Smartphone away

During an online meeting it is best to put your Smartphone away. This will ensure that no distractions will occur during your online meeting. It is also unprofessional as well as bad etiquette. If it is a long meeting then all notifications and emails should be checked during breaks instead. If you are waiting for an important message or call then you should communicate this to all your colleagues at the very beginning of the meeting and leave the meeting for a quick break if and only if it is necessary.

Prepare an agenda

To successfully conduct an online meeting, ensure that you have prepared an agenda in advance. This could be sent out to participants before the meeting begins so that everyone can come prepared or it can be presented at the start of the meeting. This will allow all participants, including the organiser, a clear outline as to what discussions need to take place and what outcomes need to be achieved.

Maintain Professionalism throughout the Meeting

By ensuring that you maintain professionalism throughout the meeting, you will no doubt show respect for your colleagues and ensure that the meeting is more productive. This means that you need to stay focused without disruptions such as typing on your keyboard during the online meeting, notifications from your smartphone or conducting other tasks during the meeting. A clear sign that you are interested in the meeting and focused on the task at hand includes maintaining eye contact at all times. It is also important that you don’t interrupt others while they are talking rather wait for your turn to speak.

Set time aside for Questions

To get the best result from online meetings, it is important to set time aside for questions. Question time can occur after each agenda topic or it can occur at the end of the meeting. This will allow all participants to have their say and resolve any issues that they may have. A successful online meeting can only occur if everyone has participated and discussed the issues that they are concerned about. This also fosters team building and will lead to more productive meetings in the future.
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