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How to host remote-friendly online meetings: a 3-step guide

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In his book Alchemy, Rory Sutherland, author and Vice Chairman of Ogilvy in the UK, makes a suggestion that might forever change the way you look at video conferencing:

Video conferencing is not an upgrade from phone calls, but a substitute to business travels.

And he’s right: video conferencing is more time-efficient, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly.

Online video meetings have grown in popularity in the last few years. With the widespread adoption of remote work culture, online meetings are more important than ever in helping teams and businesses collaborate better with each other.

Interested in learning how to host better meetings? New to video conferencing? This one’s for you.

1. Choose the right video calling software

There are tons of options for video conferencing software out there—from personal video calling apps like FaceTime and Whatsapp to more sophisticated software for businesses like RingCentral Video:

screen view of people on a video conference

With RingCentral Video, you can start a video conference call from any mobile device and invite other people to join your meeting just by sending them a link to the call.

When choosing an online meeting software, make sure it has all the features that meet your specific requirements.

Here are a few things to look for:

For example, most online meeting tools are pretty easy to use—you just need a computer with a built-in webcam and internet connection.

But if you need something more robust, there are some apps that are designed for businesses. These tend to have additional features that’ll come in handy if you have a remote team that has lots of online meetings:

screenshot of RingCentral app interface

For example, RingCentral Video lets you do screen sharing while on a video call.

2. Decide on the equipment you need (if any)

After you’ve chosen an online meeting app or software, you might need some other gear:

3. Start the meeting: hosting duties

Now, you’re all set to begin the meeting. Here are a few points to keep in mind to make sure your online meeting runs smoothly:

  1. Test your sound system and equipment before you begin.
  2. Look into the camera and speak clearly and audibly.
  3. Communicate the meeting’s agenda and etiquette with everyone (e.g., tell people there’ll be a Q&A or discussion after so that people don’t interrupt the speakers while they’re talking).
  4. Introduce everyone if the participants don’t know each other.
  5. Moderate the meeting so that everyone gets to speak and one person isn’t talking over other folks. Here are a few tips for how to meet with a purpose:

 

Ready to start hosting online meetings? 

Get started with RingCentral Video!

Originally published 02 Mar, 2021, updated 03 Aug, 2021

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