We have adapted our accountancy practice to work with existing and new clients through virtual meetings. Over the course of the past few months, we have all had to adapt to working remotely.
Despite lockdown restrictions, many businesses have found ways to move their operations online, with all staff working remotely. This has given rise to an increased volume of virtual meetings on services such as Skype, Zoom, Teams, WebEx or other popular online meeting services. This has resulted in a new challenge – how to have an effective virtual meeting.
Just like any meeting, take the time to set an agenda and circulate it in advance of the call along with any supporting documents.
Setting an agenda and sticking to it helps to keep the virtual meeting on track. If there are lots of documents, make sure that you circulate them in time to allow people to read them well in advance.
Choose the right technology
There is nothing more frustrating than dialling into a video or conference call and not being able to connect due to a technical glitch. Before you set up your virtual meeting, check with the attendees that they are comfortable (and able) to use your platform of choice. If possible, use a system that allows users to join via a web browser – most platforms such as Skype, Teams, Zoom, WebEx, etc. allow this.
A virtual meeting is still a meeting, so make sure you give it your full attention. Ask all attendees to use video – this makes it harder for them to do something else during the virtual meeting as they will be on everyone’s screen. In addition, seeing people on screen can help those who have been working from home during COVID-19 to feel more connected.
Jump into the content
Don’t waste time (yours or other people’s) during a virtual meeting. Keep it short and get straight into the agenda. Aim to follow up within 24 hours of the meeting with any relevant action points as it keeps people’s attention. By sending the notes around 2 weeks after a meeting, momentum on any actions may be lost.
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We have adapted our business to provide clients with virtual meetings. We offer a wide range of services which are unique to your business and work with clients virtually all over the world. Our team of chartered accountants have a wealth of experience in a broad range of sectors, from construction and property to the charity sector. Our team work hard to ensure they create smart and effective tax-efficient solutions for start-ups to optimise growth and help them succeed. If you want to learn more about how the team can help or simply want some start-up advice from a trusted accountant do hesitate to contact us. For more information please do hesitate to contact us on 0161 962 1855. Alternatively you can email us using the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.
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