It is difficult if not impossible to always meet face to face (F2F) with other people. Where we have access to the internet, we can use web based asynchronous meeting tools which are particularly useful when people are spread across many time zones or find challenges in scheduling same-time meetings. Web based meetings allow us to include people we might not otherwise be able to see at a F2F meeting. Web meetings allow us the ability to interact in a specific way as we might in a F2F meeting without the cost of time and travel of a F2F meeting. There are challenges meeting via the web, but these can be met with some consideration to both what technology and processes we use, as well as sound meeting design.
When online tools enabled ongoing distributed conversation, it was a natural next step to use the same tools to recreate meetings. Meetings are different from ongoing conversations in that they have a specific goal, usually reached through an explicit set of tasks or activities. They are time-delimited meaning they have a beginning and end as compared to ongoing conversations.
Much like a face to face meeting, asynchronous meetings benefit from planning.
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