Tips for more productive remote meetings

İpek Tüzün
İpek Tüzün

Nishchal Dua, Director Of Marketing at Airmeet, shares their top three tips to run an efficient and productive meeting for those who work remotely. He also tells about Airmeet, the all-in-one platform to host interactive virtual events, meetups & conferences.

1- Please introduce yourself and tell us a little bit about your work. Tell us how your journey started.

People don't buy good products. They buy great stories backed by good products.

I am a storyteller, and I help products to grow their markets. I travel and work on the move. As a digital nomad, I usually scale mountains and jump out of airplanes.

Right now, I'm working as a Director of Marketing at Airmeet, which is an all-in-one platform to host interactive virtual events, meetups & conferences. I'm a big supporter of remote work and location independent lifestyle. I am also the host of The Remote Work Summit, organized annually with a global audience of 15,000+ entrepreneurs, HRs & CEOs, and speakers from Microsoft, Facebook, Github, WordPress, and Trello Evernote & others.

2- What makes a virtual event experience life-like, and how can users build meaningful connections with Airmeet?

Virtual events are effectively a democratized & decentralized community experience that allows people to meet and connect irrespective of geographic or financial restrictions. To deliver life-like experiences on a virtual platform, you would need to have a rich broadcasting stage, intuitive participant engagements, and extensive sponsor and partner support built into the platform. This is exactly what Airmeet delivers out-of-the-box.

On Airmeet, users can build meaningful connections because of our highly interactive Social Lounge with its smart speed networking functionality. This allows users to choose a virtual table and get on an audio-video call with other participants.

3- Fast forward ten years, how do you see the 'future of meeting'? What are your expectations or predictions?

The "Future of Work" is the more critical, over-arching question here since it's our professional lives and culture that will impact ‘the meeting experience.’

Over the next decade, our work will become increasingly remote and decentralized. This will effectively reduce the need for co-located teams and in-person meetings to a considerable extent. As teams and companies become more result-oriented, culture-driven, communicative, the collaboration will also evolve into more low-touch interactions.

4- From your experience, what is the most important thing to consider when using a virtual event platform? What makes Airmeet different?

It starts with knowing what your primary use case is for the virtual events platform. At the highest level, there are two primary use cases of an events platform:

1. Conferences & Summits

A large-scale, less-frequent conference is often about thought-leadership, brand building, and sponsor/partner connection. In this regard, Airmeet offers extensive branding and customization options at the event Reception, Stage & Social Lounge. Airmeet has a dedicated "Arena" with exhibitor booths for your sponsors and partners to drive extensive value.

2. Meetups & Networking

Community interactions, networking, value exchange, and education are the primary goals. Airmeet offers a profound networking functionality because of the customizable Social Lounge and our smart Speed Networking feature. Both of these effectively help members of a community better connect with each other.

5- This question is for our freelancers around the world. One of the biggest challenges of remote workers right now is having efficient and productive meetings. As an expert on the topic, how do you think remote workers can tackle this challenge?

This is a real challenge, mostly because meetings can eat up a big part of your time and leave you with minimal ROI to show for.

Here are my top 3 tips for efficient and productive meetings:

Always question, "Can this meeting be done async?"- Often, simple discussions, decisions, inputs can be made asynchronously without any need for a group meeting.

Agenda, time-bound & conclusion of meetings- Meetings should always have a plan. First, they should be time-bound and still end up with meeting notes that include action points.

In large meetings -assign individual roles to people in a larger group meeting to keep everyone involved in the conversation. These roles could be the "timekeeper," the "notes taker,” and so on.

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İpek Tüzün

İpek Tüzün is a human being, digital marketing person, writer, researcher on the future of work, and sci-fi fan based on earth.