Board meetings on the internet eliminate one of the biggest barriers to participation and attendance: time. Meetings are shorter and board members are able to attend more meetings. This alone increases turnout and decreases the chance of missing crucial decisions. However, it’s crucial to be aware that managing an online board meeting has its own problems.

Meetings in person allow participants to read body language and facial expressions. This can be a challenge in a virtual conversation. It’s also difficult to keep remote board members interested. For example board members might be uncomfortable speaking up at the course of a meeting because they don’t feel their contributions will be heard. Even when they do speak up speak up, their voice might be drowned out by other members or background noise.

Inconsistent audio quality as well as inconsistent software are also issues for online board meetings. It’s crucial to select an online video conferencing system that’s secure, accessible, easy-to-use and packed with features to aid your business. Ask your board members if they can test the platform prior to the online board meeting. This will allow you to avoid any technical issues.

Another challenge is to keep the meeting on track. Limiting the length of discussion items may assist. It’s recommended to set an objective for each item and limit its duration. For example, you can designate a leader for every item on the agenda or set a deadline for each item. Before moving onto the next item, the goal is to arrive at the decision or generate ideas.