Running Effective Virtual Meetings: Tools and Techniques for Engagement

In many of the workshops I've been facilitating based on the Happy Healthy Nonprofit: Strategies for Impact without Burnout, many nonprofits are recognizing that offering some workplace flexibility to employees is not only an attractive benefit, but also can increase productivity and help with burnout prevention. Many nonprofits allow staff to work remotely one day a week. Workplace flexibility creates a need for better skills in facilitating virtual meetings and hybrid meetings, where some participants are in the room and others participate using audio-only or video conferencing platform. That's why I've added a new workshop on running and facilitating effective virtual meetings.

Virtual Meetings and Today’s Effective Nonprofits

My business relies entirely on virtual meetings. I use them to meet with my staff. And all of my client meetings are virtual too.

In the beginning, I wondered if virtual meetings would be as effective as meeting in person. I worried about losing the sense of immediacy and close connection that come from face-to-face interaction. I wondered if virtual meetings would inspire the kind of follow-through I expect from in-person meetings.

But in more than three years of virtual meetings, I’ve learned that not only do they work well, but in most cases, they are more efficient and more effective.