When I first started working in Corporate America, I was fortunate enough to have close colleagues all over the country. Virtual meetings were a common practice. In these meetings, we discussed the challenges of our business and how to resolve employee and customer concerns. YAY!
Before long the excitement of these meetings turned to disdain. I was flabbergasted by the volume of virtual meetings that suddenly flooded my calendar.
I remember one day in particular. I was in my office in Las Vegas, NV and noticed the most beautiful sight I’d seen in months: a sliver of open space on my outlook calendar,.
“YES!” I thought to myself. “Just enough time to go to the bathroom before my next meeting.”
I smiled and opened my eyes wide with excitement. Tragically, a few moments later, that open space would succumb to a blue rectangle, right before my very eyes. A conference call was scheduled in the only open space I had that week. I started to think people were trying to kill me – death by a thousand meeting invites.
I started to hate virtual meetings.
It took years for me to come to the realization I have today. I don’t actually hate virtual meetings. I hate poorly run virtual meetings. Gathering with fellow colleagues united towards a common business goal has real value in the workplace, like:
- Resolving current or potential conflicts or collisions
- Improving the quality of decisions
- Partnering with others to accomplish a goal
- Sharing ideas
Virtual Meetings that are run well are a beautiful thing. Meetings that aren’t run well…..well, they just suck.
My goal today is to make sure your meetings never suck so people don’t talk about you behind your back.
Here’s what you need to do: Press play on the video below to see all the juicy virtual meeting hacks I have for you in this magical vid (it’s less than 5 minutes).
Once you’re done:
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Always remember our purpose my friend; to increase the number of female leaders in organizations. Knowing that, organizations all over the world need that unique gift that only you bring. So, go out into the world, act with conviction, be courageous and live joyfully every single day.
Adwoa Dadzie is a Vice President of Human Resources at Comcast and a Millennial Corporate Career Thought Leader.
The views expressed in this post are Adwoa’s and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.
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