The Benefits and Challenges of Virtual Board Meetings

Nonprofit board members are often faced with difficulties with logistics when it comes to meeting up in person. Virtual technology can provide many benefits for virtual meetings. This includes:

The ability to reach out to an extended geographic area. This can lead to increased diversity in the board, as well as a deeper perspective on governance issues.

Reduced travel expenses. Reduced travel expenses.

There is less confusion about attendance and quorum. This is particularly true when you use the board management software that allows for members to sign in.

This allows for greater flexibility in scheduling. This allows nonprofits to have board meetings at times that are most convenient for their members.

Increased engagement. This is easier to achieve with a well-prepared agenda and clear board meeting structure. A more cooperative and engaged board will result in better decision-making.

The challenges of virtual board meetings

Although it is easier to concentrate on work in a digital meeting than a physical meeting however, it can be difficult to avoid distractions such as checking emails or eating snacks while the call is in progress. To prevent this from happening, it’s essential to establish a formal conversational protocol before the meeting. To cut down on background noise it is possible to inform participants that it’s polite to turn off their microphones if they’re not in the mood to speak. Keep meetings short in order to maintain attention and engagement. Regularly checking in with remote attendees to see whether they have any thoughts on a particular topic might assist as well.

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