One of the hardest parts during a virtual meeting is understanding spoken language. This video gives useful tips on how to use the chat and record meetings to facilitate understanding.
- Joining a meeting from a distant location … is very easy these days … thanks to video conferencing software such as Skype. … But when there are several people in one location … and you are the one who's joining in from far away, … understanding the conversation is very hard, … and you could miss important details. … How can you improve this experience? … To start, you could use the chat function … on your video conferencing software to share documents, … key concepts, even to take notes. … Whenever I'm having a lesson over Skype … with one of my students, … we use the chat as a virtual whiteboard and notebook. … We share materials, … I type key concepts, ask them to type answer to questions … to check the spelling, etc. … And the next lesson, we can go back … and look at that information if we need to. … If someone in the meeting needs to share data … such as email addresses or phone numbers, … what better way to keep track of that … than the chat. … The same is true if you need to share documents …
- Identify some multicultural issues that might arise during lunch or dinner meetings with international colleagues.
- Explain how to handle various language-barrier issues with colleagues.
- Recall ways to simplify your language.
- Summarize the benefits of the chat function for communicating with colleagues.
- Describe ways to communicate effectively with foreign colleagues through email.