I’m sure this may have been something you have experienced recently.
Here’s what I wrote about approaching low energy back a few years ago:
Pitfall #8 of the ten pitfalls I share is one of “low energy”. This is a common one that can be experienced in virtual conversations of all kinds. Whether it is because we are on a platform that does not allow us to stream and see each other, or whether it’s because of the time of day we are calling in, or the topic we are exploring, there are a variety of reasons we can experience “low energy” in the virtual space.
The downside of low energy is that it leads to disengagement, disconnection, lack of focus, and an ineffective use of time.
Here’s what I wrote about pitfall #8 – low energy – in my book, Effective Virtual Conversations:
Pitfall #8 – Low Energy
Virtual programs can be challenging for new facilitators in terms of the energy and feedback you receive.
Solution: If you are using a phone-based system only, other than enabling people to raise their hands in response or signal their agreement on their keypad, it may feel like you are talking into a black hole. Your energy is imperative in keeping the flow going. Remember that it is critical to engage your group members every 5-7 minutes. Without involvement and engagement, it is challenging for anyone to continue to focus, let alone participate.
Flash forward to today and 2020 – here are three things that I’ve been doing to ensure we don’t have low energy for long:
#1 Send people to breakouts. Smaller paired or triad discussion is a great way to get energy flowing again. When we get to talk about the topics and issues which are important to us, they are an immediate activator.
#2 Invitation to participate in a stretch or mindfulness exercise to generate some new energy.
#3 Inclusion in a warm up exercise or energizer like – "What’s outside your window?", or an A-Z scavenger hunt in your immediate surroundings (gather up an item from each of the alphabet).
What else might boost some energy for your next call?
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