"Facilitation skills are not innate, but are built up over time, through practice, feedback and more practice" - Britton, Effective Virtual Conversations, pp 102
Seek out opportunities for practice - big and small.
Ask for feedback - both positive and constructive. This can range from a simple "What did you like about today's call? What would you change for next time?" to getting feedback from emjoi symbols
Take a look at those leading calls you are on - what do you like? Don't like?
Review recordings (yes, it can be uncomfortable). What do you notice about your facilitation style? Your pace? Pitch? Words you are using? The way you are sitting? The amount of silence you are incorporating?
Get training in this area. I host a number of in-house virtual offerings for organizations and I also offer the 5 week Virtual Facilitation Essentials program, and a 15 hour Virtual Facilitation Intensive program.
For more weekly Effective Virtual Conversation tips, check out this blog each Monday. I've also just launched a weekly blog dedicated to all things related to virtual conversations at our sister site - EffectiveVirtualConversations.com
What suggestions do you have for others around getting practice and feedback on their virtual facilitation skills?
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