The Challenges of Online Board Meetings

The Challenges of Online Board Meetings

Online board meetings remove one of the biggest barriers to attendance and participation: time. Meetings are shorter, which means board members are able to attend more of them. This alone increases turnout and decreases the chance of omitting crucial decisions. It is important to recognize that a board meeting online isn’t without its own challenges.

In-person meetings allow participants to read body expressions and facial expressions, which is difficult to accomplish in a virtual chat. It’s harder to keep distant board members engaged. For example, board members may feel reluctant to speak at a meeting if they aren’t sure that their input will be heard. Even if they do speak up however, their voice might be drowned out by other participants or background sound.

Poor audio quality and inconsistency software can also be a problem for online board meetings. It is essential to select a video-conferencing platform that is secure, accessible, simple to use, and comes with many features that will help your business. It’s a good idea have your board members try out the platform prior to your online board meeting to avoid technical issues.

Another challenge is keeping the discussion on track. Limiting the length of discussion topics can assist. It is recommended to establish a goal for each item and limit the time it takes. For instance, you could designate a person to lead every item on the agenda or put a time limit for each item. The aim should be reach a decision or generate ideas before moving on to the next item.

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