Consider what happens when you try to transplant these ways of working to the virtual space:
1. The "talking head" approach to presentations where it's a one way passage of info - Result: disengagement
2. Calling someone into the meeting while you are mid-stream. Result: they may not be available given the time zone difference
3. Share materials to use real time - result: everyone may be on different devices - mobile, phone, in front of a computer - so people may not be able to access the materials.
While virtual facilitation is not that different, it does require that we adjust and adapt our skills and approaches. It is prudent to NOT ASSUME what works in the in-person world will work in the virtual space.
Masterful virtual facilitation requires pre-planning. Planning in terms of:
* How you will engage people throughout the call and through your presentation
* Who needs to be available
* What materials need to be distributed, when
* Ensuring the technology or platform you are using is the best one (i.e. can everyone do breakouts from the different devices they are calling in from)
Think about upcoming virtual presentations/meetings you have. Consider what changes/adaptations you want to make in terms of:
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