Nonprofit board members are often faced with difficulties in the logistics of to having meetings in person. However, with the advent of virtual technology there are numerous benefits of holding meetings remotely. This includes:
The possibility of reaching a larger geographic area. This could lead to greater diversity on the board and a more comprehensive view of governance.
Reduced travel costs. Reduced travel expenses.
There is less confusion around attendance and quorum. This is especially true when using a tool for board management that allows members to sign in effortlessly.
This gives more flexibility in scheduling. This allows nonprofits to hold board meetings during the times that are most convenient for their members.
Engagement increased. A well-prepared agenda, and a clear framework for board meetings will help in achieving this. A more collaborative and engaged board will lead to better decision-making.
The challenges of virtual board meetings
While it’s easier to focus on work in a virtual meeting than a physical one however, it’s not always easy to avoid distractions such as checking emails or eating snacks during the call. To prevent this from happening, establishing a conversation procedure prior to the start of the meeting is essential. For example, letting the attendees know that it’s polite to turn off their microphones when they’re not in the mood to speak will help reduce background noise during discussions. Also, keeping meetings brief is essential to keep focus and engagement. Checking in regularly with attendees who are not in the room to see whether they have any thoughts on a particular subject can help as well.