Scott Quilter

Scott Quilter

Principal Consultant

As more companies embrace remote work, Microsoft Teams has become a go-to platform for virtual meetings and collaboration. To help you make the most out of your Microsoft Teams experience, we've compiled a list of our five top tips and features that can make your meetings more engaging and productive.

Say goodbye to mundane meetings and hello to interactive, dynamic sessions with your team.

Breakout Rooms

One of the most powerful features in Microsoft Teams is Breakout Rooms. This functionality lets you create separate virtual spaces for focused group discussions, brainstorming sessions, or team-building exercises. By splitting your meeting attendees into smaller groups, you can foster collaboration and generate new ideas more effectively. Once the breakout sessions are complete, you can easily bring everyone back into the main meeting to share their findings and insights. 

Microsoft Teams Create Breakout Room Feature

Learn more about Breakout Rooms here.

Live Reactions

Encourage active participation in your meetings by incorporating live reactions. This feature allows attendees to express their emotions and thoughts using emojis, such as thumbs up, applause, or heart. Live reactions not only make meetings more fun and interactive but also provide a way for participants to give instant feedback or show agreement without interrupting the speaker. This can be particularly helpful during large meetings where verbal communication might be limited.

Reactions in Teams meetings

Together Mode

Microsoft Teams' Together Mode is an innovative feature that aims to bridge the gap between remote and in-person collaboration. Using AI technology, Together Mode places participants in a shared virtual space, making it feel as if everyone is in the same room. This immersive experience can help create a stronger sense of connection and camaraderie among team members, boosting engagement and overall productivity.


Meeting Recap

Available with Microsoft Teams Premium, now you'll never miss any important information discussed during a meeting! After a meeting concludes, you can find a recap that includes meeting recordings, transcripts, and shared files. This valuable resource allows attendees to review the key points and catch up on anything they might have missed. Additionally, it serves as an excellent reference for those who couldn't attend the meeting.

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Dynamic View

Microsoft Teams' Dynamic View revolutionises the way you view presentations and engage with your team. Instead of being restricted to a static layout, Dynamic View allows for speaker attribution, customisable layouts, and improved content sharing. It automatically adjusts the view based on the participants and the content being shared, making it easier to focus on what matters. By leveraging Dynamic View, you can make your presentations more visually appealing and keep your team's attention throughout the meeting.


In Summary...

By leveraging these top tips and features in your Microsoft Teams meetings, you can create more engaging and productive sessions for you and your team. Remote work doesn't have to mean disconnected and dull meetings - with Microsoft Teams, you can elevate your virtual collaboration to new heights. Start implementing these features today and experience the difference in your team's engagement and productivity.

Originally published February 3 2021, Updated July 26, 2023

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