Over the last few weeks we have seen a large increase in the number of people conducting Microsoft Teams meetings as they move to remote work arrangements. Whether you are brand new to the tool, or conduct all of your meetings on Teams, we want to provide you tips on how to have the best online meeting experience.
#1 Connect online with people inside and outside your org
With Teams, you can host online meetings with people both inside and outside of your organisation. The next time you schedule a meeting in either Teams or Microsoft Outlook, simple include the email address of your external guests and Teams will take care of the rest – including sending an email invitation complete with instructions on how to join your online meeting. Your meeting guest can click on the link, enter their name, and join the meeting from their browser – all without having to install a plug-in or download the Teams client.
#2 Stay in control of your meeting
Teams provides the meeting organizer with many options when it comes to defining the roles and permissions for online meeting participants. For example, you can choose to enable a meeting lobby, which lets the organiser define when and who is admitted into the meeting. You can also designate who can present, mute attendees, and start/stop recordings, just to name a few.
#3 Hold face-to-face conversations with video
If you can’t meet in person, meeting online with video is the next best thing. Encourage everyone in your Teams meeting to turn on their video. Turn on background blur to keep the focus on you instead of what’s behind you.
#4 Share only what you need
When sharing content in Teams meetings, you control what others can see. You can decide whether you need to show your entire desktop, or just a specific window. If someone is sharing their desktop or an application, you can request the presenter to give you control.
#5 Don't miss the meeting, even if you missed the meeting
Whether running a few minutes late, or double-books with a fire drill, there’s a good chance that someone will miss the meeting. Instead of bringing them up-to-speed in another meeting, simply record your Teams meeting. not only is the recorded meeting stored in the cloud – and a link provided in the meeting chat – but participants can search the meeting transcript and jump to the point in time of the meeting where it was mentioned.