In my upcoming book, Effective Virtual Conversations, I explore the burgeoning field of virtual conversations - from conference calls, to webinars, from team development sessions, to virtual team meetings. Increasingly many of us are meeting virtually. How do we make these conversations more impactful and engaging?
One such way is to incorporate more around visuals. Optimally, if we can move from a voice only platform to video streaming such as Skype, Zoom or Slack, the immediate visual of others helps us to connect.
Here's an interesting infograph from Hubspot's Amanda Sibley on 19 Reasons You Should Include Visuals in your Marketing. Some of these factoids are just as important for creating engagement in meetings! Take a look at the post here.
If phone only is the only way to go, what are the visuals you can send out prior to the call to support focus and also connection. Whether it's a one pager with the agenda and a place to keep notes, or a PDF you send as a worksheet, visuals provide anchor points.
Some considerations in building a visual repertoire include:
Build your own copyright accessible set of images. Consider how you can use your own phone and photos to create interesting photos for slides etc.
Encourage other team members to get involved in this. Do you have any designers on the team?
Invest in some paid stock photos from IStockPhoto, AdobeStock or other sites.
Take a course on graphic facilitation - an approach which literally brings to life the conversation real-time
What could you do to make your meetings more visually stimulating?
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