It’s Time to Mind Your Turn in Online Meetings

Episode 9

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the power of gesture to take turns in online meetings

Our interactional space at work may have moved online, but that does not give us an excuse to get worse at taking turns in meetings.

Why is it that virtual meetings can feel like you need jungle warfare to protect your turn when speaking or even to get a word in, in the first place?


If you are involved in online meetings, you have a responsibility to take turns effectively.

What strategies are you using to create smooth transitions in your meetings?

Do you also pay attention to visual gesture among your teammates? If not, do it! 

It will help your meetings run smoother.

It pays to keep online meetings visual. I strongly recommend you don’t stick to audio-only. 

The Little Shot is here to build your communication in lots of little shots until you become a Big Shot communicator (in the nicest possible way), so I hope you find this episode affirming.


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mind your turn in online meetings

Episode 9

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Bowers, J., Pycock, J., & O’Brien, J. (1996). Talk and embodiment in collaborative virtual environments. CHI ’96. https://dl.acm.org/doi/fullHtml/10.1145/238386.238404


Mondada, Lorenza. (2007). Multimodal resources for turn-taking. Discourse Studies – DISCOURSE STUD. 9. 194-225. 10.1177/1461445607075346.

Is your team constantly interrupting each other? 

It sounds like you may need to do something to optimise the turn taking in your online meetings.

Why not share today’s Little Shot?

Or better still, our team can also run workshops to build your team’s communication comfort and ease. Get in touch to find out more.

If you want to have more engaging online meetings, make sure you check this tutorial: How to Deliver Engaging Online Meetings, if you haven’t already seen it.

Ciao for now!


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