One of the challenges of the “new normal” is adjusting to online meetings.

There’s new technology involved. It’s harder to feel a personal connection. And because it’s video, suddenly you (and your home workspace) have to look and sound good on camera… without the help of a camera crew, set designer and director!

Unless you have a television broadcasting background, it can be just a little daunting.

But doing virtual meetings well is an important skill to have if you want to keep advancing in your career.

Virtual Meetings Matter for Your Career

Virtual meetings are the closest thing we’ve got to face-to-face right now. That’s why they’ve become the “go to” way to communicate and connect in the current environment.

And now, without in-person interaction, the way you show up on virtual meetings carries a lot more weight for your career. They’ve become the main way to:

  • Build relationships and trust
  • Connect with people and be present
  • Communicate your ideas and build your reputation
  • Influence people and outcomes
  • Demonstrate your leadership and competence

Getting it wrong can hurt your reputation and stall your progress. Or worse yet, erase the gains you’ve made over the last months and even years.

That’s why you need to get good at virtual meetings right now.

But mastering the art of virtual meetings is also a critical skill for your career in the future because they’re in all likelihood here to stay, even when in-person meetings are possible again.

So now is the time to develop your virtual meeting skills and set yourself up for greater career success in the “new normal”.

3 Common Virtual Meeting Mistakes to Avoid

As a starting point, the key is to avoid the basic mistakes most people make. From there you can work your way up to become a virtual meeting expert!

As with developing any skill, you want to learn from someone who knows a lot about the subject. So, last week, I invited Esther Stanhope to share some tips on how to do virtual meetings well and the most common mistakes people make.

Esther is a former broadcaster with 26 years as a BBC live producer where she helped stars and guests alike look and sound great on live TV. She now works with top global managers and leaders on how they can make an impact and come across with charisma and confidence in conference calls and virtual meetings.

She’s also the author of the award-winning book, Goodbye Glossophobia, on how to banish the fear of public speaking, which applies to virtual speaking as well.

So her whole career has set her up perfectly to help you right now.

Watch the video below and find out how to avoid the three most common mistakes that people make with virtual meetings.

How to Ace Virtual Meetings

As with any skill, showing up as your best self in virtual meetings takes practice and there’s an art to doing it well.

If you want to learn how to be great in virtual meetings, then you’re in luck because Esther has done a special training exclusively for Career Mastery™.

In “How to Ace Virtual Meetings”, you’ll discover:

  • 7 Tips to help you look, feel, and sound good on camera
  • The biggest mistake that people make during video conferences – and how to avoid making it
  • How to turn your hectic home office into a quiet and professional studio
  • The most important takeaway for becoming effortlessly professional on every virtual meeting

You’ll come away with skills and actionable tips to stay focused, connected and professional during all of your virtual meetings while working from home.

Get instant access to “How to Ace Virtual Meetings” in Career Mastery™, along with other resources to advance your career.

Now I’d love to hear from you…

Are you doing virtual meetings and what part of them do you want to improve?

Leave a comment below and let me know!