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Effective Virtual Meetings: Reading The Room When The Room Doesn’t Exist

Published: April 22, 2020       Updated: April 23, 2024

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If you weren’t familiar with web conferencing technology and other team collaboration software before this year, there’s a better-than-good chance you are now. With all of us forced to work from home, everyone is getting a crash course in best practices for document sharing and how to pick the best virtual background.

At Idea Grove, we’ve embraced remote work for a long time. We’re lucky in that way. It gives us a lot of flexibility. But there’s a difference in working remotely a couple of days a week and working remote full-time. One of the things we’ve had to learn is that when communication is virtual it’s different. Namely, we lose a portion of that non-verbal communication we often rely on to get a point across.

In the middle of this unusual work situation we on-boarded a new team member, Laurie Lane. In the video below she offers some thoughts on what it’s like to meet a whole new team without getting to shake anyone’s hand and how she’s been using some of the features of our web conferencing software to make sure she’s "reading the room" and communicating effectively with new coworkers.

How has working remotely changed the way you communicate with your team members? Let us know in the comments below. We look forward to the discussion.


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