PULSE Check - How to lead great virtual meetings

This is part of the PULSE Check series, in which entrepreneurs and members of the BIA startup network will have the opportunity to learn from each other, and from leading experts. While focused on early-stage CEOs, entrepreneurs at any company stage will find something to benefit them.

Virtual meetings have been on the up for a while – providing a practical and economical way to bring remote teams together and get on with business without the need for a physical meeting.  Post Covid-19, the requirement to lead meetings virtually has grown exponentially.  What this means is that we are all having to embrace the power of technology in order to keep business moving forwards, build and maintain relationships and get things done. It stands to reason that those who understand how to lead great virtual meetings, are at a real advantage.

This 45-minute masterclass and Q&A will introduce you the essential tools and approaches that will enable you to run great virtual meetings and ensure you maximise your impact and outcomes whether you are leading a virtual team meeting or e-meeting a potential client or investor for the first time.

CMS will also deliver a summary of key governance issues to be considered when running virtual board meetings.

By the end of the webinar, attendees will:

  • Know how to prepare for a successful virtual meeting
  • Have explored delivery and set up techniques that will ensure they look and sound like a pro
  • Understand how to boost connection and engagement in an online environment
  • Know how to maximise the value of meeting time and drive meeting efficiency and output
  • Understand key governance issues to be considered when running virtual board meetings.



Pippa Bateman

Communication Consultant & Trainer

Pippa Bateman Communications

Pippa Bateman is a leading communication coach based in London, helping business leaders and entrepreneurs to harness the power of their spoken communication so that they can be even more effective and influential in their roles.

Her clients include leaders of some of the worlds’ most successful professional services firms and she also delivers leadership communication courses as part of a number of high-profile Leadership Development Programmes. She also works with Management Teams getting ready for investor presentations and helps high profile figures prepare for public speaking events, including mainstage talks at TED. What all of Pippa’s clients have in common is a desire to do themselves and their message justice in their most important professional moments.

Pippa’s roots are in Psychology and the Performing Arts. Having completed masters’ degrees in both she spent five years on the professional stage culminating in a year in the West End musical Wicked. From Wicked she cut her teeth in Learning & Development at the global behaviour change specialists Mind Gym, before focusing her attention on spoken communication under the tutelage of the late Anthony Gordon Lennox at AGL Communications. She launched her own practice in 2015 in order to explore her own unique approach to communication training and now leads a team of experts who deliver individual coaching and training programmes to clients in the UK and abroad.

Theo Godfrey



Theo is a Partner in CMS’s Corporate Group. He advises on a wide range of corporate transactions, including acquisitions, disposals, private equity and venture capital transactions and joint venture arrangements, for both private and listed clients. Theo has a particular focus on the Life Sciences & Healthcare and Technology, Media & Communications sectors.

Clients include established domestic and international companies, growing businesses, institutional investors, high net-worth individuals and management teams.

Theo co-manages CMS’s equIP Life Sciences programme, which supports early/growth stage life sciences business.

He also volunteers as a mentor and advisor to life sciences start-ups through BioCity’s Expert Network.

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