Virtual board meetings are a great way to cut the cost of travel and can save time. They also offer the same benefits of in-person meetings, including a greater range of perspectives, without the limitations of space and travel costs. They allow board members to concentrate on strategic decisions and speed up the process.

However, certain issues and obstacles arise when converting to a digital format. Some of problems can be addressed by making sure that everyone on the board has access to high-quality video and audio tools for conferencing, whereas others require a bit more effort from the team members to overcome. This article will discuss some of the most prevalent issues you might encounter when organising your first virtual board meeting, and provide some tips for overcoming these challenges.


It’s difficult to recreate the intimacy and personal connection of a face-to-face meeting on the internet, however you can still motivate board members to engage in discussions online. Setting up an environment that is interactive, where feedback and questions are encouraged is a good starting point, but you can also take the meeting further by reserving time for open discussions.

Video and audio conference has significantly improved over the years. However there are some attendees who may struggle to adapt to the digital format. It is best to test the tool prior to the meeting and give clear instructions to those who are new. This will lower the chance of having any technical issues. Also, you should remind attendees to disable their notifications, close any programs that might affect their bandwidth, and assign a member of staff to help them login and provide technical assistance during the meeting, and assist with the preparation of the minutes following the meeting.