Why You Should Keep Your Online Meetings Small

Posted by Sabrina George on Mon, Jun 08, 2015 @ 04:46 PM

Recently, a lot of customers have been asking about the ideal size of an online meeting. Is it better to try and squeeze as many people into a meeting as possible, or keep the meeting size small and contained?

While there is no right or wrong answer, as every meeting will have its own unique needs in terms of who should be on the call, in general it’s best to keep in mind that smaller meetings (meaning three or less) will help with the following issues:

Establish trust: If you’re looking to gain the trust of your client, it will be hard to do so in a meeting room full of other people. Generally speaking, people will be more inclined to open up and share ideas in an environment with fewer ears and eyes, and thus less pressure.

Save time: Large online meetings are a great way to address many different people at once, but the downside is that they tend to drag on longer than necessary and tend to be dominated by people with louder personalities. In effect, those who are quiet may be less inclined to share good ideas.

Improve efficiencies: It can be hard enough trying to get one or two people to agree on next steps following a meeting; large groups can therefore be much worse. Stick with smaller meetings, and you will have an easier time agreeing on what needs to be accomplished after the meeting.

It’s important to realize that every client has different needs, and you may have to engage in meetings of all different sizes over the course of a day. Therefore, it’s important to have an online meetings platform that is scalable enough to grow and shrink quickly.

Click here to learn more about how Onstream Meetings can provide your business with a flexible, scalable online meetings solution.

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