Dear LWML Leaders,
Welcome back to Tips for Leading with Confidence. We pray this leadership tip will be beneficial as you serve our Lord through the LWML. We welcome your feedback and suggestions.
Etiquette for Electronic Meetings
This spring and summer, many virtual meetings have been held using applications such as Zoom, Facebook Live, or Google Hangouts. The realization is that many of us could improve our etiquette for these types of interactive communication/video conferencing platforms.
Here are some basic guidelines:
• Check out the free tutorials offered by your platform to learn how to use the various features before you are in a meeting.
• Check your audio and microphone before the meeting.
• Dress appropriately.
• Ask family members to avoid interrupting or moving around within camera view, and move pets to another room.
• Turn off all other internet-using devices on the same router. This is often the cause of crackling audio.
• Establish lighting to be in front of you so other viewers can see your face.
• Consider what is in the background (behind you in the room).
• Turn off your microphone when you aren’t the speaker to avoid background noises.
• Look at the camera when speaking so there is a greater probability that you will appear to have eye contact with other meeting participants.
• Don’t eat in front of the camera or cause others to be distracted by watching what you are doing. Focus your attention on accomplishing the purpose of the meeting.
• Don’t cause the meeting to go longer than it needs to. Stay on task and keep unnecessary conversations to a minimum.
• If you are the meeting host, consider having the meeting recorded. A recording of the meeting can sometimes be just as valuable as attending. It can then be shared with those who would benefit, but aren’t required to attend. If you do have it recorded, announce it to everyone on the meeting before you start recording.
• Keep private meetings private. Only share passwords with people you want to be included.
Enjoy the blessing of technology, but respect others by using it wisely!
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Leadership Development Committee
LWML 2019–2021 Leadership Development Committee
Lois Teinert, Chairman
Marie Chow, Vice President of Organizational Resources, Advisory