Board meetings that are online can be more accessible than in-person meetings. However, nonprofits should be aware of a few points in mind. Board members who aren’t familiar with virtual meetings might need assistance with the technology. Certain things that can be done in person might not be feasible online, such as showing whiteboards or content on flipcharts or flipcharts.
Choosing the right meeting management software is vital to your success, so be sure that the platform you choose is safe and user-friendly. Also, make sure that your attendees are encouraged to test their video and audio equipment prior to the meeting and to turn off their microphones if they are not using them. A moderator can be helpful. This person will ensure that all the above systems function effectively and help if something goes wrong during the meeting.
When it comes to hosting remote boards the most important thing is to keep the discussion flowing. It is easier to accomplish this if you check in regularly with attendees from remote locations and ask them to share their thoughts. It is also important to encourage them to share their opinion and voice their opinions during meetings. This will improve participation and collaboration in your online board meetings. It is important to conclude every meeting by soliciting feedback. This allows your attendees to share their thoughts with you in a way that doesn’t make them feel overwhelmed or intimidated.