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6 Tips for a Fresh Start with Virtual Meetings in 2021

January 5, 2021 GMT

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- We waved goodbye to 2020, but meetings on a screen will fill our calendars in 2021 and beyond. The new year is an opportunity for a fresh start with virtual business meetings.

“What we learned is that tactics like changing our body language or polling our audience can improve engagement and productivity,” according to Mimi Bliss, an executive presentation skills coach and former TV reporter in Nashville, Tenn.

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Bliss worked (virtually) with more than 1,000 professionals on virtual presentation skills during the first nine months of the pandemic. In interactive workshops and coaching sessions, she asked people to share what was wrong with their virtual meetings and how they could make them better. The professionals worked for law, accounting and architecture firms; universities, government, and global corporations; and industries ranging from economic development to financial services. They represented multiple countries and worked in eight different time zones.

“When I polled people at the beginning of my workshops about their #1 challenge with virtual meetings, the leading response was almost always ‘lack of interaction,’” said Bliss.

At the end of each workshop and coaching session, Bliss asked participants what they’d learned that would result in better virtual meetings. Here are six of the top-rated techniques:

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“If we get better at virtual meetings during the pandemic,” said Bliss. “We’ll be more effective as leaders and presenters when we can do a mix of in-person and virtual meetings in the future.”

Mimi Bliss has more than 20 years of experience as an executive presentation skills coach and media trainer. A former TV news reporter, she focuses on public speaking as a core leadership skill. Mimi is based in Nashville, Tenn., and works with clients from across the United States and around the world. She posts videos with speaking tips at mimibliss.com and on LinkedIn.

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