How to Design and Deliver the Best Hybrid Meeting Experience, Part 4: Best Practices

A hybrid meeting is a gathering that features at least one group of in-person attendees connecting virtually with other meeting attendees.  This series offers insight into designing and delivering the best hybrid meeting experience for your users or clients.

In Part 1, we summarized the factors to consider when designing a hybrid meeting space.  Part 2  addressed specific space factors. Part 3 spoke of the latest technology considerations.

This chapter will summarize best practices for conducting a hybrid meeting.


The increase in demand for hybrid meetings for businesses has driven advancements in meeting room technologies and software platforms such as Zoom and Teams, making them much more straightforward to use than ever before.  This development is good news for all of us, particularly meeting facilitators or leaders.

Even with the latest technologies that allow all in-person and remote faces to be seen and voices to be heard, there are some human factors to consider to conduct a successful hybrid meeting.

Key Considerations


  • Be respectful of people’s time by:
    • Substantiating that a meeting is truly necessary
    • Including only those who are in the best position to contribute to the desired outcome
    • Sending out an agenda beforehand
  • Schedule an appropriately sized meeting room for in-person attendees and with proper technology for remote attendees
  • Include the “click to join” link for the platform you will be using in your invitation



  • Be prepared for every meeting. It is a show of respect for those you have invited.
  • Do whatever it takes to make sure your technology is ready to go:
    • Familiarize yourself with your company’s meeting technology tools
    • If you are using an unfamiliar room, conduct a dry run beforehand – or at least show up early enough to have everything operational for you and your guests
    • Solicit a teammate to join the meeting remotely ahead of time to verify the room camera view, confirm audio levels, and practice navigation for remote attendees
    • Run through your presentation to ensure your intended screen shares will be fluid
    • Consider turning off notifications on your PC to prevent emails that might be private from being shared in the meeting
  • Practicing in a meeting room will prevent that embarrassing panic run to IT or a support person to drop what they are doing to save your day
  • Be sure the meeting room is welcoming
    • Show up early to check the room and do any necessary tidying up and check stock on any desired consumables



  • In hybrid meetings, live meeting participants share the benefit of face-to-face interaction, which can leave remote attendees feeling disconnected and less likely to participate
  • As the leader of the meeting, make a conscious effort to encourage engagement and inclusion with virtual participants


Ground Rules

  • With the dramatic increase in hybrid meetings, many companies have adopted ground rules for remote participants. Some examples are:
    • Setting up in a location with minimal distractions and an appropriate background
    • Encouraging participants to have their cameras on and mics muted (when not talking)
    • Recommending appropriate attire
    • Encouraging participants to abstain from other work during the meeting
  • As stated above, the meeting leader should promote engagement with the virtual attendees. It is fair to expect remote participants to be focused and engaged as well


The world has changed significantly in the past two years, but meetings remain an essential tool to move your business forward. By following these best practices, you can adapt to the changes in behavior, technology, and attendance and get more value from your meetings.


Q: What are the key considerations when designing the agenda for a hybrid meeting?

A: When designing the agenda for a hybrid meeting, it's crucial to consider the needs of both in-person and remote participants. Ensure that the agenda allows for ample time for collaboration and interaction among all attendees. Clearly communicate meeting objectives, allocate sufficient time for presentations and discussions, and incorporate breaks to avoid attendee fatigue. Consider leveraging technology to enhance engagement, such as incorporating live polls or interactive Q&A sessions.

Q: How can I effectively manage participant engagement during a hybrid meeting?

A: Managing participant engagement in a hybrid meeting requires intentional effort. Encourage active participation from both in-person and remote attendees by creating an inclusive environment where everyone's contributions are valued. Utilize engagement features your video conferencing platform offers, such as raising hands, chat functions, or virtual breakout rooms, to facilitate interaction. Consider assigning a facilitator who can moderate discussions, ensure equitable participation, and encourage remote attendees to share their thoughts and ideas.

Q: What are some tips for maintaining audience attention and focus in a hybrid meeting?

A: To maintain audience attention and focus during a hybrid meeting, it's important to employ various techniques. Begin by setting clear expectations and communicating the meeting's purpose at the outset. Use visual aids, such as slides or screen sharing, to support your presentations and keep participants visually engaged. Break up long presentations or discussions with interactive elements like polls, group activities, or short Q&A sessions. Lastly, be mindful of the meeting's duration and incorporate regular breaks to prevent attendee fatigue.

Q: How can I ensure effective communication and collaboration between in-person and remote participants?

A: Effective communication and collaboration between in-person and remote participants are vital for a successful hybrid meeting. Use high-quality audiovisual equipment to ensure clear and seamless communication between both groups. Encourage active participation from remote attendees by using collaboration tools like virtual whiteboards or shared document editing. Foster inclusivity by regularly checking in with remote participants, addressing their questions and concerns, and ensuring they have an equal opportunity to contribute to the discussion.

Q: What steps can I take to evaluate the success of a hybrid meeting and gather feedback?

A: Evaluating the success of a hybrid meeting and gathering feedback is essential for continuous improvement. Consider sending post-meeting surveys to all attendees, asking for their opinions on various aspects of the meeting, such as agenda effectiveness, technology usability, and overall experience. Pay attention to both quantitative ratings and qualitative comments to gain a comprehensive understanding. Additionally, debrief with your team to discuss strengths, areas for improvement, and ideas for enhancing future hybrid meetings based on the feedback received.


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