When you’re in a virtual meeting, it’s easy to find your mind drifting away — especially if it’s your fifth one of the day.
- To make sure you’re as engaged as possible, take a few moments beforehand to understand the meeting’s purpose and what value you can add.
- What is the most critical information you have, and what do you want to contribute? Jot down these points.
- If you don’t have a critical role to play, identify exactly what you hope to learn from the call.
- Coming prepared with specific questions will prime you to listen carefully.
- If you speak during the meeting, acknowledge previous statements so people feel heard, but don’t spend a lot of time re hashing earlier points.
- Add something new to move the conversation forward.
- And don’t worry if you do zone out: Gently notice what distracted you, and return your attention to the call. If you missed something, don’t be afraid to ask a clarifying question.
This tip is adapted from “Stop Zoning Out in Zoom Meetings,” by Sarah Gershman