We are continuing to make our way through ten different pitfalls for virtual communication as we explore ten different pitfalls as part of our Effective Virtual Conversations Tips.
Here’s what I wrote about Pitfall #9 - Lack of Connection felt by the group – in my latest book, Effective Virtual Conversations:
“It is surprising how facilitators overlook how important it is to build connection among group members. Connection is an essential ingredient for virtual programming, and is an important foundation even with a teleseminar or teleclass which may be more content focused. Engagement levels will be impacted if group members do not feel connected with the host and/or others.
Solution: Consider how you can build connection (as appropriate) amongst group members. If it is an extended program, are you giving air time for everyone to speak? Are you encouraging people to share a bio/photo at the start of the program? For one-off engagements, are you posing questions to the group which they can respond to verbally, by email/chat or by using their key pad? If you are hosting a longer program, are you creating “learning partners” or buddies?”
I’ve dedicated a number of the recent community calls for Effective Virtual Conversations to the topic of building connection in your virtual groups including these 30 minute calls:
Breakouts that Sizzle
Four Ways to Move the Needle on Engagement
The Triad of Trust, Connection and Safety
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