Virtual meeting IQ: Q&A

The great news is that Effective Virtual Meetings:  Seven Ways to Boost Your Virtual Meeting IQ is that it was interactive and there were a ton of questions.  The bad news is that when there are 500 people in the audience, you can’t get to them all.Q&A

Following is one that came in that I didn’t get to during the presentation:

Nancy C. writes, “Do you happen to have the statistics about how often people would listen to the recording, instead of meeting min?  What I am trying to figure out is whether meeting min is less effective than ‘recording’…thanks.”

I know of no statistic like that, and I read everything I can about our emerging industry.  It’s never been part of one of the studies I’ve conducted.

Here’s what I do know:

One, I worked at four different companies who sold audio/web conferencing prior to founding 1080 Group (we don’t sell conferencing or event production services – we’re entirely educational).  The utilization rate for any recording was low…so low that it was conveniently not talked about.

Two,  I don’t know whether your team would rather have recordings or meeting minutes or not, but most people, if they do listen to a recording, will listen as they do other things.  This is sub-optimal for them catching everything that goes on.  I also believe most folks would prefer being able to quickly review notes than listen to a recording (I don’t need to listen to the discourse that led up to us deciding to give Philippe a certain task, I just need to know he’s got the action item).

That said, it very much depends on the nature of the meeting and whose affected.

In your shoes I’d poll your team.  It should be easy to figure out where to put your effort.

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