The Non-Obvious Guide to Virtual Meetings and Remote Work

The Non-Obvious Guide to Virtual Meetings and Remote Work

by Rohit Bhargava


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Why do virtual meetings usually suck and how can you make yours better?
What are the five secrets to delivering a compelling virtual presentation?
How can you collaborate with people you have never met in real life?

Most guides to virtual work pretend like it is better than being face to face. It usually isn’t. But in today’s business world, there are many reasons you may need to work remotely or do virtual meetings, from taking parental leave to navigating a global health pandemic. In this short guide featuring a compilation of the best advice and insights from more than 50 experts from all industries, you will learn the keys to being effective from afar. Whether you need to deliver a presentation to a virtual audience or collaborate with a global team, this handy guide will help you be more productive when you can't be there in person.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781646870233
Publisher: Ideapress Publishing
Publication date: 05/26/2020
Series: Non-Obvious Guides Series
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x (h) x (d)

About the Author

Rohit Bhargava is the founder of the Non-Obvious Company and entrepreneur having started three successful companies. He is widely considered one of the most entertaining and original thinkers and speakers on marketing disruption and innovation in the world. He is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of five books and teaches marketing and storytelling at Georgetown University in Washington DC.

Table of Contents

Foreword i

Introduction v

Part 1 Working Remotely

Chapter 1 Remote Work 101 01

3 Factors Leading to a Rise in Remote Work

Why People Love Remote Work

Why Companies Love Remote Workers

The Difference Between Doing Remote Work and Working from Home

Seven Challenges of Working Remotely

Chapter 2 The Remote Working Lifestyle 13

The Five Habits of Remote Workers Who Get More Done

How to Set an Efficient Schedule

How to Stay Focused and Avoid Distractions

How to Conquer Isolation & Loneliness

Five Mindfulness Principles to Make Remote Work Better

Three Ways to Create Remote Work-Life Balance

Chapter 3 Creating Your Workspace 35

Deep Work vs. Shallow Work

The Ten Elements to Consider When Picking a Workspace

Creating Your Home Office

Setting Up Your Infrastructure

The Beauty of Analog

Chapter 4 Building Your Reputation & Personal Brand Virtually 43

What Is a Personal Brand?

Why Your Personal Brand Matters More When Working Virtually

Three P's of a Powerful Personal Brand

Demonstrate Your Personality

Bring Your Perspective

Have a Presence Online

The Importance of Consistency

Part 2 Virtual Meetings

Chapter 5 How to Prepare for Virtual Meetings 55

The First Questions to Ask …

Tips for Creating a Virtual Meeting Agenda

Seven Rules of Virtual Meetings

Getting the Tech Right

Develop Your Participation Strategy

Four Models for Virtual Meetings

Last-Minute Prep Tips

Chapter 6 How to Foster Virtual Engagement 67

Five Reasons That Virtual Meetings Suck

How to Keep People Engaged

How to Facilitate a Virtual Meeting Like a Pro

How to Foster Creativity While Working Remotely

Chapter 7 How to Deliver a Virtual Presentation 79

Getting the Setup Right

Ten Tips for Effective Virtual Presenting

How to Add Variety to Your Virtual Presentation

Making Your Presentation Memorable Virtually

How to Sell with a Virtual Presentation

Why Apologies Kill Virtual Presentations

Chapter 8 Virtual Events, Trainings, Webinars, and More 97

What is a Virtual Event?

Six Types of Virtual Experiences (and When to Use Them)

How to Produce a Virtual Event

How to Select a Virtual Speaker

Three Tips for Crafting Virtual Experiences That Engage People

Non-Obvious Ideas for Virtual Experiences

Part 3 Virtual Collaboration

Chapter 9 The Art of Virtual Communication 113

Why Virtual Collaboration Is Hard

Setting Expectations with Your Virtual Team

How to Mind Your Digital Body Language

The Secret to Better Virtual Communications

Three Tips for Better Emails when Working Remotely

Three Tips for Using Instant or Team Messaging

How to Communicate in a Multicultural Team

How Doodling Improves Collaboration

Chapter 10 How to Build a Virtual Culture of Trust 131

Ten Rules for Building Trust in a Virtual Team

The Virtual "Signs" That Destroy Trust

Team Building Exercises That Work

How to Break Down Silos

Chapter 11 How to Lead a Remote Team 143

Five Tips for Leading a Remote Team

How to Fix Common Problems with Remote Teams

How to Improve Accountability

How to Manage Conflict in a Remote Team

Emotional Intelligence in a Virtual Setting

Chapter 12 Hiring and Building a Future-Proof Team 161

What Most Teams Forget About Real Diversity

Three Secrets of Hiring Amazing Remote Workers

How to Ace the Virtual Interview (Whether You're the Interviewer or the Interviewee)

How to Conduct a Virtual Onboarding Program

Remote Work and the Blockchain

Five Trends Changing the Future of Work

Conclusion 173

Reading List 175

Glossary of Terms 177

Endnotes 179

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