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As more and more teams move to remote work, virtual meetings have become an essential part of daily business operations. 

Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular tools for conducting virtual meetings, with many organizations using it to facilitate collaboration and communication. 

However, scheduling a Teams meeting can be a bit of a challenge, especially if you're new to the platform. 

In this blog, we'll explore some tips and best practices for scheduling a Teams meeting to ensure that it runs smoothly and efficiently and how Insightful’s work from home management software can help.

How to Schedule Meeting in Microsoft Teams

Tip 1: Use the Teams Calendar

The easiest way to schedule a Teams meeting is to use the Teams calendar. This feature allows you to see your schedule and schedule a meeting directly from Teams. 

To schedule a meeting, simply select the "New meeting" button in the calendar tab, fill in the details of your meeting, and send out the invitations to your attendees. This is a great option if you're already familiar with Teams and want a quick and easy way to schedule a meeting.

Tip 2: Use the Teams Meeting Add-in for Outlook

If you prefer to use Outlook to manage your calendar, you can still schedule Teams meetings from within Outlook using the Teams meeting add-in. This add-in allows you to schedule a Teams meeting from within the Outlook calendar by clicking the "New Teams Meeting" button. 

From there, you can add the details of your meeting, select your attendees, and send out the invitations. This is a great option if you're already using Outlook and want to keep all of your scheduling in one place.

Tip 3: Use the "Meet Now" Feature

If you need to schedule an impromptu meeting, the "Meet Now" feature in Teams is a great option. This feature allows you to start a meeting right away without having to schedule it in advance. 

To use this feature, simply click the "Meet Now" button in the Teams channel or chat where you want to host the meeting. From there, you can invite attendees and start the meeting.

Tip 4: Set a Clear Agenda and Goals for the Meeting

To ensure that your Teams meeting runs smoothly and efficiently, it's important to set a clear agenda and goals for the meeting. This will help keep the meeting focused and ensure that all attendees know what is expected of them. 

When scheduling the meeting, be sure to include the agenda and goals in the meeting invitation so that everyone is on the same page.

Tip 5: Use Video and Screen Sharing to Enhance the Meeting Experience

One of the benefits of using Teams for virtual meetings is the ability to use video and screen sharing to enhance the meeting experience. This can help keep attendees engaged and ensure that everyone is on the same page. 

When scheduling the meeting, be sure to include any instructions or guidelines for using video and screen sharing so that everyone is prepared.

How to Use Teams for More Complex Meeting Types

While Teams meetings are great for small to medium-sized meetings, the platform can also be used for more complex meeting types, such as webinars or large-scale virtual events. Here are some tips on how to use Teams for these types of meetings:

  • Customize Your Meeting Settings: Customizing your meeting settings, such as allowing attendees to join without a video or mute participants on entry, can help ensure that your meeting runs smoothly.

  • Use Breakout Rooms: For larger meetings, consider using breakout rooms to divide attendees into smaller groups for more focused discussions.

  • Use External Tools: For webinars or large-scale virtual events, consider using external tools, such as live streaming platforms or event management software, to enhance the attendee experience.

Best Practices for Facilitating Virtual Meetings

Effective virtual meetings require more than just a reliable platform. Here are some best practices for facilitating virtual meetings:

  • Encourage Participation: Virtual meetings can feel impersonal, so it's important to encourage participation and engagement from all attendees. Consider using icebreakers, breakout sessions, or other interactive activities to keep attendees engaged.

  • Manage Time Effectively: Virtual meetings can easily run over time, so it's important to manage time effectively. Consider setting a clear agenda with specific time limits for each agenda item.

  • Assign Roles: Assigning specific roles, such as a facilitator or timekeeper, can help keep the meeting on track and ensure that everyone has a clear understanding of their responsibilities.

  • Follow Up After the Meeting: Following up with attendees after the meeting can help reinforce key points and ensure that everyone is on the same page.

Best Practices for Securing Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings can present security risks, especially if sensitive information is being discussed. Here are some best practices for securing virtual meetings:

  • Use Passwords: Enabling passwords for your virtual meetings can help prevent unauthorized access and ensure that only invited attendees are able to join.

  • Use Waiting Rooms: Waiting rooms allow the host to manually admit attendees to the meeting, providing an added layer of security.

  • Avoid Sharing Sensitive Information: Whenever possible, avoid sharing sensitive information during virtual meetings. Consider using other communication channels, such as encrypted messaging platforms, for sensitive discussions.

By following these best practices, you can ensure that your Teams meetings are effective, efficient, and secure.

Use Insightful to Optimize Virtual Communication 

Insightful's software for monitoring remote employees provides valuable insights into employee engagement, attendance, and participation during virtual meetings, allowing managers to identify areas for improvement and optimize their team's virtual communication strategies. 

By leveraging the power of software that monitors remote workers, businesses can ensure that their virtual meetings are effective and efficient, ultimately leading to improved collaboration, productivity, and success.

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