How to Maintain Focus During Virtual Meetings


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When you’re in a virtual meeting, it’s easy to find your mind drifting away — especially if it’s your fifth one of the day. To make sure you’re as engaged as possible, take a few moments beforehand to understand the meeting’s purpose and what value you can add.

o What is the most critical information you have, and what do you want to contribute? Jot down these points.

o If you don’t have a critical role to play, identify exactly what you hope to learn from the call. Coming prepared with specific questions will prime you to listen more carefully.

o If you speak during the meeting, acknowledge previous statements so people feel heard, but don’t spend a lot of time rehashing earlier points. Add something new to move the conversation forward.

o And don’t worry if you do zone out: Gently notice what distracted you, and return your attention to the call.

If you missed something, don’t be afraid to ask a clarifying question.

This tip is adapted from Stop Zoning Out in Zoom Meetings,” by Sarah Gershman.

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