9. Encourage engagement with active listening and minimizing distractions.
10. Use the mute button if you’re not actively participating, but when it’s your time to speak, don’t forget to talk yourself off mute.
Coda templates that encourage polite and productive meetings.
At Coda, we think of meetings as the foundation of how work gets done, as something we can create and design. Every aspect of meetingsーfrom pre-reading information to gathering feedback in a way that’s more inclusive to etiquetteーreflect our culture and create genuine opportunities for productive collaboration.
But we don’t re-design every meeting. Instead, we turned our most popular compositions of building blocks into time-saving templates and made them available inside any Coda doc. Here are a few that we find particularly helpful during meetings.
in every single Coda meeting—especially now that some workers are in the office and a lot more are working remotely. It’s a lot harder to discern body language and raise hands in a virtual space. No matter the meeting size or who is attending, this template works to eliminate bias and the vocal minority.
One of our oldest rituals—the templated and accessible processes our teams rely on to succeed—is asking colleagues how they feel. We put this
at the top of our meeting docs, so we can get an understanding of how people are doing with their work and in their personal lives. We tackle this at the start of a meeting which helps set the tone for the rest of the discussions.
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Many meetings rely on collective, real-time feedback. One of the challenges in parsing through comments live is accurately gauging sentiment. We’ve seen success by implementing a
Let’s face it, you’ll lead and attend countless meetings over the course of your career. You're a meeting professional. Designing effective meetings—and fostering a culture that is intentionally considerate—gives you an active role in your team’s productivity. And turns your meeting docs into virtual symposiums: inclusive, interactive spaces for your attendees to write, brainstorm, be heard, and make decisions together.