Create Engaging Mobile Meetings
(Reading time = 1 minute 51 seconds)
Wayne Turmel is a master of mobile meetings and his 100 page book imparts his wisdom to you to help you ensure mobile meeting success. I appreciate his concrete tips and actions and how by applying what he offers you will create a more engaging mobile experience. He offers a guide to increasing your comfort, confidence, and competence in creating painless and productive virtual meetings. I especially enjoyed reading the book as this type of book can often be a dry affair but Wayne spices it up with humor and a conversational tone that is inviting and engaging. He offers specific tips and includes checklists and templates to put the ideas to use right away.
Here are a few tidbits that stood out for me as I read his book:
- virtual meetings suck
- managers spend 50% of their time in meetings
- About 66% of participants say webmeetings are a waste of time yet in the United States, people spend 66 million person-hours per year engaged with these meetings
- 75% of people who use presentation tools have no training before beginning
- set up everyone as a speaker or panelist for your meeting, loosen your control and set the stage for collaboration
- Let everyone write on the whiteboard
- Get photos of people when they are introduced
- use mostly uploaded files
- get participants engaged with polls and other tools
- transform passive participants into active attendees
This book should be in the library of anyone holding virtual meetings and I believe the practices Wayne outline will offer a wonderful boost to mobile employee engagement. I am conducting some experiments with Fuze on a manager’s influence on mobile employee engagement and will be following a number of the fine recommendations that Wayne made to improve the design and delivery of these experimental manipulations in engagement.
David Zinger is an employee engagement speaker and expert who is quite interested in mobile employee engagement and what we can do to improve engagement for people who spend all or part of their day being connected virtually.