Leaders of all backgrounds may be called upon to facilitate virtual meetings, webinars and other conference calls. in order to maximize these virtual learning events there are a number of things we can do to maximize engagement and move away from a Death By Conference call mentality.
When virtual events are long term - over a couple of weeks for example - it's important to recognize that trust and connection are key to getting people present and engaged in the virtual process.
There are a number of things we can do to boost this trust and connection including:
- Encouraging live streaming where possible and feasible. The eyeball to eyeball connection can be very important in fostering more of a group spirit and it also minimizes multi-tasking when everyone can see each other.
- Getting each person to introduce themselves and briefly share more about their role and/or learning needs. Keeping this short it critical for success, and in a first call can help people connect from the start
- Pairing people and using breakouts. A lot of professionals avoid using breakouts because they have had a bad experience in them not working. Getting people into smaller groups in longer programs helps to create tighter bonds and the space for people to be in dialogue and learn from each other
- Keeping the conversation going between connection points. in today's busy world of work this might entail pairing people together, or sending out a question for everyone to respond to.
- Give trust and demonstrate your full engagement in the process.
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