When you’re in a virtual meeting, it’s easy to find your mind drifting away — especially if it’s your fifth one of the day. To make sure you’re as engaged as possible, take a few moments beforehand to understand the meeting’s purpose and what value you can add. What is the most critical information you have, and what do you want to contribute? Jot down these points. If you don’t have a critical role to play, identify exactly what you hope to learn from the call.
Coming prepared with specific questions will prime you to listen more carefully. If you speak during the meeting, acknowledge previous statements so people feel heard, but don’t spend a lot of time rehashing earlier points. Add something new to move the conversation forward. And don’t worry if you do zone out: Gently notice what distracted you, and return your attention to the call. If you missed something, don’t be afraid to ask a clarifying question.
Make it a great day!
Source: Harvard Business Review