Optimize Your Meetings for Engagement

— So, does anybody have any feedback? Or questions?

Silence. 15 seconds feel like forever. I can’t tell by people’s expressions if they agree with what I have just presented. I know they must have things to say, why aren’t they speaking up?

This was so much easier with in-person meetings. Remote sucks!

What if we just don’t know how to run remote meetings yet?

After months of attending large VC-only meetings I think I found a pattern. I’ve also talked to a few people who also noticed the same thing.

Failure modes:

But not all meetings where like that. A few were actually really good.

Here’s the secret sauce:

In the current realities optimize your meetings for engagement

By engagement I mean this — imagine you meet a bunch of old friends that you haven’t seen in a while. Everybody’s sharing their stories, and everybody else is actively listening, asking questions, and are fully immersed.

Just imagine the things we could do if our remote meetings felt even remotely like that.

First of all, it’s a mindset shift. Switch your strategy from just doing the meetings the way you did before COVID (or the way everybody else is doing it right now) to optimizing for the engagement, and wonderful things will happen.

I think the solution has 3 key elements: organizational, human and technology.

Organizational:

Human:

Technology:

Hi! My name is Alex. I’m a software engineer at Facebook, where I work on React Native, Oculus and Messenger. I love thinking about development experience.

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