Teams: #FightCorona – How do I add an agenda prior to the meeting?

Having discussed the lobby, the next area we will look at is adding an agenda prior to the meeting. Agendas can help focus the meeting, keeping members on track and making them more productive.  They help with a structure and a narrative. Of course, not all meetings or audiences warrant agendas, and they are not a mandatory part of the scheduling - so this is completely your decision on a meeting by meeting basis

Teams: #FightCorona – How do I turn the Meeting Lobby on or off?

We have covered scheduling it and joining the Teams Meeting, but before we can get into the meeting itself and explore all the good things we can do within it, we need to cover a few other topics first. Let's get to grips with the lobby.

Teams: #FightCorona – How can I schedule a meeting?

One of the keys to remote working with Teams is meetings. Meetings are a big part of Teams and like Chat, are one of the fundamental ways in which we can collaborate with others within our organisation, as well as guests and external users. In the next several blogs we will go into all the aspects of meetings including how to schedule them, how we can join them, what the meetings experience is like, how we can share, how we can amend meeting settings and how we can utilise integrated apps like the whiteboard

Teams: #FightCorona – How can I set my availability? When is it right to chat and call?

If we are working remotely, we need to know when we can contact others and when it is the right time to chat or place a call. We can't assume that because others aren't in the office they automatically have more time on their hands. We certainly don't want them to make that assumption about us. There are a number of features in Teams that can help with managing your availability and seeing others availability - the primary one being Presence

Teams: #FightCorona – Mentions, Tags and Read Reciepts

To finish our introduction to chat, we are going to cover three specific features that are good for every member of every team to know: mentions, tags and read receipts. The first two are examples of targeted communications. Targeted communication means finding an appropriate audience and ensuring that your message reaches them. Read receipts are confirmation that your message has been read

Teams: #FightCorona – Rich chat features for effective conversations

The last few blogs have set out the scene with regards to building your Teams, building your Channels and starting conversations with people both inside your organisation, and people outside your organisation (guests and external users). It's now time to enjoy some of the great chat features that are available in Teams - things like emoji's and meme's. Whilst some may not be to everybody's taste at first, it is important to embrace modern communication methods, diversity and be inclusive of how different people would like to communicate. For all those who don't particularly like gif's I would point out that the brain processes images 60,000 times faster than words so they are an excellent medium for transmitting information. The same applies to emoji's they emotionally resonate with others. Here's are just a fraction of the rich chat features available to you

Teams: #FightCorona – How do I chat with others outside of my organisation?

In the last blog, we created Teams, and Channels and we looked at the three ways to chat with other users in the organisation. However, this was within the organisation. Part of the magic of Teams is that it allows us to chat and work with people outside of the organisation too. Most people today work with people outside of their organisation - customers, suppliers, consultants, vendors, peers. It's therefore important to understand how we do it.