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Make Virtual Meetings More Productive

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing our very way of life, businesses are rethinking everything. More and more real estate professionals are working from home. Remote meetings are inherently different from in-person meetings, and this means they are often poorly run. That’s a serious concern even in normal times, but in times like these, it can be disastrous. It’s crucial that agents and brokers get meetings right.

Luckily, there are plenty of simple things you can do to make online meetings as impactful as possible. Below are some tips to make it more productive:

Keep your background visually clean and professional.

Ensure the background is neat and professional. Pay attention to what is visible behind you onscreen. Avoid bright areas of the background, such as a window on a sunny day, as this may put you into shadow.

Gear up with a good headset.

If you will be participating in or leading online meetings regularly, purchase a headset that you plug into your device’s jack. A good headset will make your voice sound both clearer and richer and will eliminate more of the background noise.

Encourage meeting attendees to keep their cameras on.

The effectiveness of meetings will increase exponentially if everyone has their cameras on, turning an audio call into a video-conference. This keeps people engaged because they know what they’re doing is visible to everyone else.

Find creative ways to keep people engaged.

Many online meeting platforms are able to issue multiple-choice polls and then show a graph of participant responses. The same can be done with chat questions. You could also make everyone a presenter, even if you simply ask them to read a slide to the group.

Try to give everyone a task.

Seek to distribute the roles of facilitator, presenter, timekeeper, and note taker among the participants. If you have a standing meeting, it can be rewarding to rotate these roles to different members of the team for each meeting.

Sharpen your presenting skills.

Use storytelling as an engagement tool. People tend to snooze when you start talking in bullet points. Keep it brief and look to the meeting outcomes to determine what your audience really needs to know. Vary your tone, changing up your pitch, rhythm, and volume. It will make your presentation more interesting to listen to. And use body language, which can help convey your story.

Realtor Magazine. (April 2, 2020). 10 Ways to Make Virtual Meetings More Productive.

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