When it comes to managing the complexities of running a nonprofit, boards are always seeking ways to increase efficiency and effectiveness. Virtual meetings allow them to reduce expenses and eliminate the hassle of traveling and scheduling conflicts, but they also give board members more time for volunteer work and committee involvement.

Virtual meetings can be more dynamic than in-person meetings when they are conducted properly. It’s essential to use business software that supports dozens of online collaboration tools, which can help participants interact with each other more efficiently. It’s not uncommon for these tools to incorporate chat functions as well as other features that encourage people to communicate person-to-person during the meeting, and take breaks to make the event more enjoyable.

It can be difficult to discern body language and facial expressions in a virtual conference. In addition, it’s often more difficult for the chairperson to keep everyone engaged. In the end, it’s easy for one person to dominate the discussion and block other members from speaking to speak.

This is a big problem which can cause a lot of frustration. To fix this issue it is crucial to observe the traditional structure of a board meeting and to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard. This means keeping the meeting brief and avoiding topics that aren’t relevant to the agenda, and making sure that all participants are able to take part without a technical issue. It’s also helpful to have someone in the meeting who is able to resolve any issues that arise during the meeting.