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What is an asynchronous meeting?

Ben Larsen

Asynchronous work has become a buzz word in recent years.

Whether it’s large enterprise companies looking to make better use of employees’ time, startups building systems to maximize productivity, or freelancers or agencies seeking better alignment with their clients, the search for asynchronous cheat codes is well under way.

This impact has been seen in the amount of options smart teams and organizations have to choose from when thinking about communicating, collaborating, and meeting asynchronously.

Slack is a commonly used asynchronous communication platform.

Asana, Basecamp, and Monday.com are popular asynchronous project management tools.

Trello and Jira are great for asynchronous task management.

Asynchly is the leading asynchronous meeting platform.

But, what is an asynchronous meeting platform?

Collaboration and task management tools are common in the workplace, having been adopted by millions of teams and individuals seeking better work processes. The category of asynchronous meeting platforms is relatively new.

At Asynchly, we’re seeking to make asynchronous meetings and the platforms they’re run on as commonplace as the category of project management tools. To understand exactly what an asynchronous meeting platform is, we covered it extensively in this post. But, in short, an asynchronous meeting platform is a digital tool where asynchronous meetings take place.

Now, let’s dive into the elements of an asynchronous meeting:

Definition of an asynchronous meeting

An asynchronous meeting is any type of meeting that is executed independent of time. Where a synchronous meeting involves participants gathering either in person or via video or phone conference, an asynchronous meeting involves all contributors documenting their deliverables in a central location according to their own schedules and not at the same time.

Elements of an asynchronous meeting

Asynchronous meetings, much like synchronous meetings (or, at least the productive ones), include consistent elements.

Most asynchronous meetings include the following items:

  • Objective
  • List of participants
  • Inputs from all relevant participants
  • Centralized document or tool to record all inputs

Asynchronous meetings seek to take the best part of synchronous meetings and enable them to occur without the dependence on time that synchronous meetings require. This helps make teams and workers more efficient.

Learn more about the positive impacts of switching to asynchronous meetings or an asynchronous meeting platform.

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