Etiquette for virtual Mastermind groups

Etiquette for Virtual Mastermind Groups

When you are in a virtual mastermind session, it’s important to be aware that there are a few subtle-but-key differences to in-person meetings, so it’s a good idea to be aware of these nuances, as it will help keep the meeting flowing and benefit everyone.

Preparation

Your initial preparation is really important. Since eye contact in a virtual meeting is much more important, you want to avoid having to writing things down while others are speaking. At the start, spend a few minutes to getting into the zone, try and lose the thoughts and emotions that may be a remnant of whatever you have just finished doing to enable you to focus and fully concentrate on the meeting.

  • Sign in early or — at the very least — on time
  • Have your goals, check-in or hot seat agenda written down
  • Turn off all other devices or distractions
  • Dress appropriately
  • Respect the guidance of the host and speak clearly

Why Flow is so Important

For several reasons, online meetings don’t flow quite as well as in person. The main one is the lag or rendering in the audio or video signal. Often there is a little stop/start when we speak, and this can make the meeting flow choppy. Therefore, it’s important to interrupt as little as possible and also try and hold your questions until the other person has finished speaking. Body language and even emotions via facial recognition are also harder to read via a screen – so just be aware of this and make some allowances.

Here are a few quick tips to keep the flow going:

  • Keep body movements to a minimum (Some of us are very expressive with our hands which can come across completely different on a screen)
  • Maintain eye contact by looking into the camera – Otherwise, people might think you have stopped listening or paying attention.
  • Actively listen to other participants’ opinions – Make some side notes if you have a question about anything
  • Make the session engaging and fun – let’s try not to take ourselves too seriously
  • Mute your microphone when not speaking to avoid background noises coming through
  • Try not to interrupt other speakers (as previously mentioned)
  • All these tips will help to keep your virtual mastermind humming along so that everyone gets maximum value out of each session. There should always be a designated host & timekeeper so respect them and please refrain from ”hogging” or monopolizing the meeting.

Additional Support

Eccountability is fostering an open and welcoming community, so please respect all other contributors thoughts, ideas, and opinions — even if you disagree somewhat.

Code of Conduct

During Eccountability Mastermind Meetings, members must adhere to our code of conduct. You can refer to the code of conduct via the menu on the Eccountability meeting platform.

If you encounter a group-related problem that you feel you cannot resolve during the meeting, contact us by email, so we have the opportunity to address your concerns.