Tip #839: Virtual Meeting Rules

“Most people doubt online meetings can work but they somehow overlook that most in person meetings don’t work either.”  Scott Berkum

We’re used to having meeting rules of engagement. We know how important they are to ensure effective and comfortable meetings. Recognizing the need for virtual meeting rules of engagement, Seth Godin has published what he calls Toward a Zoom Agreement that easily applies to any virtual meeting platform.

Here it is in its entirety:

Toward a Zoom agreement

“If you promise not to check your email while we’re talking, we promise to not waste your time.

If you agree to look me in the eye and try to absorb the gist of what I’m saying, I agree to be crisp, cogent and on point.

If you are clear about which meetings are a waste of time for you to attend, we can be sure to have them without you.

If you can egg me on and bring enthusiasm to the interaction, I can lean into the work and reflect back even more energy than you’re contributing.

The purpose of a meeting is not to fill the allocated slot on the Google calendar invite. The purpose is to communicate an idea and the emotions that go with it, and to find out what’s missing via engaged conversation.

If we can’t do that, let’s not meet.

Multi-tasking isn’t productive, respectful or healthy.”

Do you think a virtual meeting agreement would be useful? Do you agree with Seth’s approach?

May your learning be sweet- and safe.


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