This article was originally published in 2015 and has been completely updated in 2020.
Remote meetings, conferences and webinars have become common to most business people around the world. Usually it is easier even in nearby locations to hold virtual meetings when you have more than a few attendees, especially at executive level, or when travel is difficult.
In my own country of Australia, the distance from east coast to west coast cities is around 2040 miles or 3290 km, which is ¾ of the width of the USA. Flight time is 4-5 hours. Due to such distances, it is often easier to conduct a virtual conference than take a big chunk out of the week by traveling in person to the other side of the country – especially due to different time zones.
Face-to-face meetings are the most effective because personal presence is important in assessing the facial expressions, voice, appearance and body language of other attendees, as well as in viewing visuals in the room. But virtual meetings are a necessary substitute at times.
If you want to win in this type of meeting environment, keep these 10 tips in mind:
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