As large as the virtual space is, creating a sense of connection and safety is key to effective an engaging virtual events. While it is easy to create groups or 50, 100, 500, small can be very beautiful in the virtual world. Consider the size of the groups you want to offer. What is the is optimum size for connection and trust. Most of my interactive programs (non webinars) are capped at 8 people. For webinars moving that number up to 15 or 20 is feasible, especially when you use breakouts. Even in a virtual breakout space 3 members is optimal. Five may be perceived as being too big.
Remember that things take time so consider carefully how you can adjust timelines so people can connect in a valuable fashion.
What does small mean in your virtual worlds? What can you do to adjust pace, platform and other variables to create the sense of community, connection and trust?
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