I remember going into lockdown in March last year and urgently needing to find a tool to facilitate in-person meetings that were suddenly moving online.
Someone had used Zoom before so we went with that and from then on Zoom became my constant companion.
For many, ‘Zoom’ means ‘online meetings’ in the same way that ‘Google’ has become synonymous with ‘web search’. But Zoom is the tip of the (growing) iceberg.
Online meetings are here to stay and there are an increasing number of tools to help you lead better meetings that keep people organised, engaged and connected.
Are you ready to explore?
- Agreedo is for taking meeting minutes.
- Around provides a suite of tools to improve audio and video experience of online meetings.
- Brightful provides games for virtual meetings.
- Butter is a tool for hosting interactive meetings.
- EasyRetro is a tool for running retrospectives.
- Gatheround seeks to “help people bond, learn and connect.”
- Grain is for recording, clipping and sharing video from Zoom.
- Highfive is a tool for video conferencing.
- Hopin, SpatialChat, VideoFacilitator and Wonder are for hosting online events.
- Jamm enables quick, easy and fun 1-click video collaboration.
- Mentimeter, Slido and Crowdpurr are tools for running polls, quizzes and Q&As.
- Meeter connects your calendar to your online meetings to help you manage calls across different platforms.
- Meetric creates actionable meeting notes that connect to your calendar.
- Meet with Spot is a tool for running walking meetings (pun not intended).
- Mindup is a tool for planning meetings.
- Miro, Conceptboard, FigJam, GoWall, GroupMap, Hoylu, Lucidspark, Mural, StormBoard, Stormz are collaborative whiteboards.
- Notiv, Otter, Perfect Recall, Reason8, Fireflies record and transcribe meetings.
- Polka is about transforming meetings into a durable resources of knowledge.
- Rume allows you to play games and have multiple conversations in one space.
- Sessions brings your tool stack into your meetings.
- tl;dv enables meetings to be recorded and the most important moments tagged.
- Wheel of Names is a fun tool for picking who will participate next.
Have I missed something? Please share it in the comments below.
Learn to lead better meetings
Of course, tools can only do so much. You can buy the best set of golf clubs on the market but if you don’t know how to swing a club it’s all for nought.
The good news is — you can learn to lead better meetings. Investing in these skills will reap benefits for you (and the people you lead) for the length of your professional career.
Bright Pilots is a new platform to provide you with the skills to lead better meetings.
These online, interactive classes are hosted in real-time by experienced facilitator, Ben Crothers. In 2-hours you can be equipped to lead better meetings for:
Disclosure: I helped develop the website for Bright Pilots (but I can claim no credit for the brilliant concept — all of that must be attributed to Ben Crothers).