Hi Brave People,

In times of crisis like this, we need our forums more than ever.

4 Best Practices for Virtual Forum Meetings in COVID-19 | Work From Home
4 Best Practices for Virtual Forum Meetings in COVID-19 | Work From Home

Sharing, learning and supporting one another is critical to ensuring we all come out the other side stronger and smarter.

We know this is difficult given current "social distancing" protocols and "lockdowns" in effect around the world.

But maintaining your forum rhythm should be a non-negotiable and is likely one of the highest value activities you can spend time on right now.

To help, we have compiled a list of best practices for hosting virtual forum meetings.

1. Scheduling

It’s difficult to find meeting times that work for all, so stick to your regular date if you can, or use a meeting scheduler like Doodle to save yourselves the countless back and forth emails.

2. Video

An easy to use video conferencing platform will allow the forum to maximize personal connection (body language). Here are a couple of the most popular, easy-to-use options:
Zoom (free version maxes time at 40m, so go Pro for $15/mth)
Google Hangouts (free)

3. Duration

No matter what you do to optimize your virtual forum meeting, the reality is that attention-span is significantly less in a virtual environment. Reduce your regular meeting time by at least 50% - and the shorter the meeting, the greater the likelihood of getting all members to attend.

4. Norms and Roles

Maintain your regular meeting norms and roles as best you can. This is especially important in a virtual environment where distractions abound - put the cell phones away, stay off of email, etc.

Shahzaib Anwar

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