Many virtual platforms will provide participants with annotation tools such as a pen, highlighter and/or typing ability. Consider how you can get people to use these during a virtual meeting or presentation. Consider the following:
Get people to use the text function to reply to a question posed on the screen (i.e. in your PowerPoint Deck). This is great when group numbers are bigger and the chat function may move to fast with the responses.
Provide a list of attributes - for example characteristics of a great leader - and have people put a check mark beside the two they most agree with or an X beside something you think doesn't belong.
Before your call starts, have the welcome slide show a map and have people dot where they are located. This can create a sense of connection, and interest.
Whiteboards are usually another function. You can create your own with a blank slide, or if a platform provides it, get people to capture their notes in breakouts using the whiteboard. They can then share it with other breakouts in the main plenary. Just like in a face to face meeting, these notes can be captured by others for overall learning and record.
What can you do this week to enhance the interaction in your virtual work? What will make it more hands on for people?
Have a great Tuesday,
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