Conference calls can be tricky. They can be hard to get into (unless you use MobileDay of course) and once you are in they can be difficult to read. Because nobody is actually physically in the room, the usual rules surrounding body language are … out the door.
A bad conference call is a colossal waste of time, but a good conference call can be just as productive—if not more so due to the lack of time wasted in traveling—as a physical meeting. So, how do you make sure that conference call is the best that it can be?
Body language is very powerful during in-person meetings, and it is way more effective than you would think during conference calls and online meetings too! Here are a couple of ways in which online-meeting body language skills are going to help you out.
Especially if you are the speaker or the meeting host, it is really important that you establish confidence and credibility from the other attendees. You’ve got no hope of keeping their attention otherwise. It’s hard enough in a physical meeting to know if you are holding the attention of the room, but in an online meeting you sometimes don’t even know if someone has physically left the room—not to mention mentally checked out.
Meetings can and should be the most productive part of your team’s week. We all know that despite this fact, meetings are often the most boring waste of time. There is nothing worse that watching the minutes tick away when you know that your to-do list and email inbox are having a competition to see which one can get the fullest by the time you get to them.
By keeping yourself, and everyone else in the room fully “on” you can turn those tedious, paper-pushing, I-want-a-new-job meetings into something rad.