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How to have more inclusive meetings over Zoom 

10-29-2020 08:51

Looking to make your virtual meetings more inclusive? Dolly Chugh provides 15 ideas you can start using today in her post via 

How to have more inclusive meetings over Zoom
Oct 20, 2020 / Dolly Chugh

My personal experience — and the prevailing wisdom of management and psychology research — is that meetings default to patterns like these:
    • Whoever speaks first is likely to set the direction of the conversation.
    • The higher-power, more extroverted, majority-demographic people are more likely to take up disproportionate airtime, receive credit, be given the benefit of the doubt and interrupt others.
    • The larger the group, the less meaningful the conversation — and the less likely we are to break out into more meaningful, smaller group discussions because doing so is time- and space-consuming in the physical world.
    • Key information is less likely to be shared when it is already known by others; lesser-known but important information tends to not be shared broadly.
    • Whatever we did in the last meeting, we are likely to do again in the next meeting
The result is predictable: A sub-optimal, sub-inclusive meeting.

I believe we can do better.

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10-30-2020 15:24

Thanks for posting this article. I am doing a presentation for our Employee Learning Week about Team Collaboration while working virtually and this article has some great points. I really like the opportunity to leverage Zoom to learn people's names/call name preferences and pronouns. Such an easy thing to do can go a long way in terms of building relationships!