by Nancy Settle-Murphy | March 13, 2020
After months of planning, everything is finally in place for next week's two-day meeting in London, which will chart the course for the launch of the company's new product. The participants from eight countries will be convening to make final decisions on pricing, sales and marketing programs, and launch details. (The meeting has suddenly taken on a new sense of urgency, with the recent discovery that their competitors are well on the way to launching a similar product.)

That's when you get the email that so many event organizers have been getting these past few days: "Out of abundant caution for the health of our employees and colleagues, all travel plans are on hold until further notice. This means that all business meetings outside of your local area must be canceled or postponed, with no exceptions." When you appeal to your manager, she advises you to put your energy into figuring out how to achieve these same goals remotely. "After all," she says, "Our competition won't be taking a break. Neither can we."

If you or someone you know is facing a similar situation, I've put together a checklist of essential steps for making your meeting virtual. Read the full story on for 11 tips.