"Do you have ten minutes? I want to run something by you."
—Well-meaning remote co-worker.
A 10 minutes catchup in remote math means 45 minutes down the Zoom pipe. It's a trap. A meeting won't speed up anything for your team. An entire day of do-you-have-ten-minutes leaves us feeling drained and done.
Be honest with yourself, and with your calendar. Weed out these troublemakers to gain more space.
So what do you do instead? If an asynchronous document can do the job, ditch the meeting.
We have some tips to make these better.
More people means more passive stares from people scrolling through their social feeds. So:
It makes decision-making easier and leaves room for everyone to participate
What about the almighty "all-hands meetings"? You'll be showered with gifts when you remove them. If you do have a big announcement, shoot a video of yourself presenting it instead. Then share it with everyone to watch on their own time(zone).
Ever walk into a meeting with a pancake on your face? Didn't think so. So why would you hide your face in an online meeting?
Keep your camera on. You'll be able to see and mimic people's feelings and expressions—building trust and engagement just as you would in any real-life conversation.