This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life

The Habit

Online meetings can be just as productive as a meeting held in person, provided everyone remembers that the meeting is still a meeting.

Turn your camera on.  It seems weird at first but it doesn’t take very long before it feels normal, and makes a huge difference in the quality of the conversations you can have.

Especially in larger meetings and when some attendees are present via phone only, announce who you are when you’re talking.  It takes no extra time to do, and brings refreshing clarity to the call.  Not only is it courteous to other attendees, others can focus more clearly on your comments and questions when they’re not trying to remember whose faceless voice spoke last.

Prepare.  As with any meeting, be organized and prepared.  Make sure you’re ready to contribute value to the discussion and serve the needs of the group with your presence.

The Tool

This is one section of the guide that has been revised many times.  My favorite tool is GoToMeeting, but in the last couple of years Cisco WebEx has improved significantly and has some nice features, especially when it comes to collaborative remote computer support.  With that said, GoToMeeting is clearly the most polished, professional experience available.

LINK: GoToMeeting

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This post is part of the series The Best Tools and Techniques for Winning at Business and Life

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