Running a successful meeting is an art, and it’s one that’s further complicated when it takes place online. When you bring a group of people together in a meeting, you’re taking up a large number of man-hours, so you’ve got to ensure you’re maximizing that time. Making sure you stay on point and have an online meeting that efficiently achieves its goals isn’t easy, but these simple tips can help. Have a Well-Planned Agenda We’ve all been in a meeting that seems to go on and on without any real direction. This can be highly frustrating for everyone involved and waste people’s precious time. It’s easy to get side-tracked and veer from your main topics when you’re running a meeting, but if you’ve got an agenda, then you at least have a guide to keep you on track. This is as true for in-person meetings as it is for online meetings, so make sure you’ve done your planning and you’ve got a clear idea of the timelines you want to stick to. Encourage Pre-Checks Don’t waste the first fifteen minutes of every meeting, making sure everyone’s camera and microphone are working. Make sure everyone has checked they’ve got their technology in order before they join the call.