A few weeks ago, I hosted an Effective Virtual Conversation call (next one is today at 11 am ET) which was dedicated to "Preparing for Blast Off", the title of chapter 6 in my book, Effective Virtual Conversations.
In any call there is logistical preparation, preparation of our selves and tactical preparation.
It's good practice to get in the habit of doing things consistently when you are leading virtual sessions, which might entail running through a series of checklists to make sure you have all the bases covered. Throughout Effective Virtual Conversations I provide you with multiple checklists, worksheets and templates, so you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
Here's a list of 10 things you'll want to do each and every time you are on tha call (modify for the platforms you are using) - Excerpt - Effective Virtual Conversations, page 219):
- Have a list of your participants’ names (and contact details – phone and/or email).
- Send out a reminder email about the call.
- Know your material inside and out.
- Have a back-up bridge line or system.
- Make sure the recording is on.
- Make sure you are on the line a few minutes early to troubleshoot with participants.
- Make sure you start and end on time.
- Review what you just did.
- Ask group members to consider and/or share the main points of their learning and the takeaway/end result from the session.
- Send out a follow-up email.
I hope that you'll take 5 -10 minutes today to note what you want to, or need to, have in place prior to your next session.
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