Are you also working from home at the moment? We spoke to Lotte Nystrup Lund, an expert on meetings between people and technology. She has shared her top tips on how to hold online meetings and how to be as effective as possible while working from home.
The Nordic countries are taking increasing precautions with respect to managing the spread of Covid-19, and this involves more and more people working from home. But how does that actually work in practice? And can you take advantage of your experience of physical meetings when talking to people digitally?
We spoke to Lotte Nystrup Lund, CEO of the consulting firm Futurista, who coaches companies and managers on sustainable leadership and how to achieve sustainable results. Lotte has a degree in cultural and social analysis, and the history of ideas. She told us how online meetings affect us, and she shared her top tips on how to conduct them in the best possible way.
Lotte also kindly shared her ideas on how to approach weeks of working from home and what she thinks about the future of digital meetings!
“Right now, I’m working on a big analytical project that requires a lot of preparation time. In order to be able to work efficiently and stay focused, I use the Pomodoro Technique. That basically involves being super focused for 25 minutes, and then having a well-deserved break for 5 minutes doing something that is really relaxing, regardless of whether that involves running around the house a few times, eating a carrot or going outside to enjoy a spot of sunshine. There are several apps and websites for Pomodoro, so just google it to find out more.”
“What’s cool is that I have for many years been leading a project about the future of meetings, and I have repeatedly stated that there is something special about physical meetings. And that digital meetings are an important and obvious tool, but that they can never quite replace what physical meetings have to offer. I’ve never realised before just how spot-on those words are. I’m a very sociable person who develops, innovates and inspires together with other people. So, I miss being sociable – properly – in addition to being digitally social, which of course I am at the moment.”
“Many people and organisations have been so quick in learning to make use of digital meeting techniques that have long been available to us. That shift is something that will be a great lesson to benefit people after the crisis. But a lot of research shows the importance of continuing to have physical meetings. Perhaps the intense use of digital meeting platforms during this time will help us appreciate physical meetings in a whole new way.
“Being better at using digital tools. That our health is important and should be prioritised. That we human beings love being together and that we miss that very much when we can’t. That everyday life – as it was before all of this – is really good.”
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