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How to improve success in online meetings

How to improve success in online meetings

How to improve success in online meetingsAre your online meetings successful? Is your concentration slipping? Today’s world provides many distractions that can cause you to lose focus or concentration. Many articles have been written about the electronic technology that disrupts normal conversation.

Do you lose focus in online meetings?

My business model is a live and interactive process for writing and coaching frequently conducted in online meetings over video technology. Since my clients meet with me anywhere from three or four meetings for a simple beginner resume to 20+ meetings for one of my more complex packages, we have varying degrees of concentration. I have learned that most of the time, I have to keep the client focused and at the same time keep me focused. They may only have the one meeting with me during a day but I can easily have four client online meetings.

You may find that job interviews, coaching sessions, and business meetings are also conducted in online meetings with remote video technology. You will need to stay focused on the topic at hand and minimize distractions.

Perhaps you haven’t given much thought to things that can easily make an online meeting (or an in-person meeting) go bad or become nonproductive, let me point out a few of them:

  • Phone calls
  • Texts and Facebook Messages
  • Dogs Barking
  • Babies Crying
  • Eating during meetings
  • Television
  • Multiple monitors
  • Family members interrupting
  • Music
  • Fidgeting
  • Bunny trailing
  • Life stories

What you can do to improve concentration during online meetings

  1. Turn off or mute technology (Phones, tablets, televisions, and radios, or even extra monitors if they are not part of the session)
  2. Make sure your dog is settle or out of the room (As someone who has a German Shepherd as an office companion, I know that can be easier said than done. Most of the time Buddy is quiet during client appointments but sometimes squirrels seem to keep bugging him or he is extra hungry)
  3. If you are in a client meeting, have someone else watch your child. There may still be background noise but just having someone else there to meet their needs helps.
  4. Train other family members to stay out of the room when you are in a meeting or interview.
  5. Learn to relax. When video is being used, the people on the other end of the call see and hear everything. Don’t bite your nails, click pens, or tap your feet.
  6. Eating should be obvious. I eat before or after client sessions. I may have water or coffee with me but overall, you are better off to eat before or after meetings.
  7. If you are a storyteller, rein it in. Keep the meeting on topic.
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Global Marketing Director

Fortune 500 Company, Pennsylvania

“Hey Julie, Just a short note to say thanks for your help with my resume. It was a great help for me in landing a couple of opportunities that led to offers.”

Senior Vice President

Banking, Maryland

“It has been a whirlwind since you completed my resume, a lot of changes to the organization in light of the merger, a busy market, and as well a lot of folks making decisions to leave versus stay.

For me, an offer was made that I will be accepting. I can tell you my resume has been met with rave reviews so I trust you implicitly, have recommended you, and will be a customer for life as I may need to re-engage you.”

Office Manager

New York, NY

I wanted to find someone who will work with me live, so I can explain all my responsibilities and accomplishments to a literate professional, who will then be able to put it into right words and create a “WOW” resume for me.

Next day I woke up and for some reason my gut told me to work with Julie, so I called her, and boy was my gut right. I am so happy with my new resume and cover letter, I have a second breath for job search. We worked live on Skype all the time, I could see exactly what she was doing, and I couldn’t ask for a more personalized experience for my money.

Executive Vice President, Marketing

Boston, MA

I wanted to reach out and let you know I landed my next exciting opportunity! On March 28, I'll be joining ABC Company as their EVP Marketing. The fit couldn't feel more perfect! I'm so excited and can hardly wait to get started. Thanks so much for everything you've done to help make me look good! :) It worked. (again!)

Career Change

Transportation Industry, New York, NY

"My first walk-in transportation company (ABC Freight) and my first job opportunity! I can't thank you enough!"
His goal - the transportation industry. He was ready to leave a successful career selling Manhattan real estate to follow his passion!

Instructional Designer

University, Wisconsin

“I highly recommend Julie as a professional career management consultant. Her ability to assess her clients needs and desires, and then creatively collaborate with them to create an overall digital profile that truly represents “who they are” is amazing.

It was time to give my professional profile some pizzaz, and create a professional online presence, and the first person that I thought of was Julie. After working with Julie as a professional, I can say that the service Julie provides is nothing short of the way to (as her web site states) “find your perfect career marketing strategy”. Give her personal face-to-face strategy a try!”