Do you find leading or participating in virtual meetings challenging? If so, you are not alone. We have all experienced virtual and face-to-face meetings that are effective and those that are ineffective. As virtual meetings have become the norm, leaders and facilitators are seeking ways to overcome the challenges and bridge the gaps created by physical distance. Knowing how to help groups have effective virtual meetings is a valuable skill that can be applicable to several aspects of your life. The goal of this course is to help you develop these skills and incorporate tools that will allow you to build relationships, influence others, and get work done while engaging others in a virtual environment.

Approximate Time to Complete: 30–60 minutes

Leading Virtual Meetings is appropriate for anyone who wants to strengthen their ability to lead or more effectively participate in virtual meetings. This course is appropriate for leaders, managers, team leads, trainers, facilitators and individual contributors who want to develop the skills that are vital to engaging in effective meetings in a virtual setting.

Course Description
The ability to effectively lead virtual meetings can offer distinct advantages for you, your group, and your organization. Research indicates that only around 50 percent of in-person meeting time is effective and that drops lower when it comes to virtual meetings. Ninety percent of people report daydreaming in meetings and 73 percent do other work while in a meeting. However, leading a meeting in a virtual environment can be challenging. To build trust, align actions, plan and execute strategies, and ultimately achieve the group’s desired results you have to amplify traditional meeting management and facilitation techniques when in a virtual setting. While this is a critical responsibility for people who manage a dispersed or blended team, it is also an important skill set for those who lead, teach, and influence others without formal authority.
Whether you regularly lead virtual meetings or only facilitate them from time-to-time, you have likely discovered some best practices as well as experienced some stumbling blocks. This self-paced digital-learning course will help you identify your current strengths and challenges as a facilitator of virtual meetings. You will discover a simple, dynamic, and fluid framework that supports flexibility, engagement, and accountability and that you can use to guide you through the process of facilitating powerful and valuable virtual meetings.

The learning objectives and outcomes for this course include the following:

  1. Reflect on your strengths and diagnose opportunities for improvement in leading virtual meetings.
  2. Learn a practical framework for facilitating virtual meetings in a way that promotes higher levels of engagement, alignment, and accountability.
  3. Explore facilitator behaviors, actions, and best practices that can add to or detract from the virtual meeting experience.
  4. Explore common virtual-meeting challenges and how to overcome them.
  5. Improve your confidence in leading a virtual meeting.
  6. Create an action plan to apply what you learned.

Resources and Downloadable Tools Included

  • Participant Resource Guide