Start before you start.
You can start your online meeting anyway you want. But I’ve seen how a few pros are starting theirs, and thought I summarize it here. The start matters, because after all, how many chances do you have to make a first impression? Right. One.
Avoid stumbling into your online meeting still arranging your screens. Here is what works for the pros:
- Communicate clearly with the invite. You set the expectations.
- Write a timely reminder.
- Use the lounge or waiting room with purpose. Decorate it with your logo and add a personal message. You can also use the 400-keystroke limit to point participants to a sli.do page for audience interaction. With a waiting room, so that you are the one to pull up the curtains to start your session. It gives you a bit of control for making your first impression.
- Calibrate yourself. Check your energy level. Refocus on your purpose. Be happy to get going.
- Post a reminder on your chat channel or forum.
- Check your checklist.
- Smile. into. the. camera. Smile through the camera to reach the people on the other side.
- Then you start.
Tomorrow, I’ll continue by summarizing what the pros are doing in their first minute.