Virtual Meetings and Real World Conduct: Rules of Etiquette

Virtual meetings are a part of our day to day professional lives, just as much as our in-person meetings in conference rooms or Starbucks. Most of us know how to conduct ourselves in virtual meetings but it helps to be reminded. For those of you who are new, there’s a few “rules” you might want to take note of.
The New York Times has a nice piece on how to conduct oneself in virtual meetings:
Q. Virtual meetings have become a staple of business life, whether conducted by phone or video. What are the biggest differences between a virtual meeting and one that is face-to-face?
A. Teleconferences and videoconferences offer a relatively inexpensive way to meet with colleagues from around the country or the world, but they also present special challenges.
When you aren’t in the same room with other people, you lose important nonverbal cues that register unease, confusion, agreement or disagreement. That makes it easier to miscommunicate, says Sean O’Brien, senior vice president for strategy and communications at PGi, which provides technology platforms for virtual meetings.
Participants in virtual meetings often feel a lowered sense of accountability, Mr. O’Brien says. “In face-to-face meetings people really show up, not just physically but also mentally. They come to the meeting prepared and actively participate,” he says. In virtual meetings — including the telepresence variety, where images are highly realistic — that’s often not the case.
Read the full article here.