In my May 2020 Effective Virtual Conversations newsletter I cover five different ways to signal that your call is going to be different….
Here’s what I wrote:
With many in the virtual space becoming "zoom fatigued" and burnt out from virtual calls, it's never been more important for you to distinguish yourself as a masterful virtual facilitator, one who is cultivating dialogue, connection and providing the best experience for all involved.
With cynicism becoming more common place as some step into meetings, this month's call covers four things you can do quickly to signal that this just isn't "any zoom call”:
#1 - Talk about what people can expect in terms of process and interaction.
At the heart of setting the stage for a "different call" is creating clear expectations. Let people know what they can expect and how your call is going to be different. If it's going to be interactive, co-design agreements. Let people know what they can expect and how they may be able to pass if they don't have anything to add.
#2 - Connect people right away with their WIIFM. Connecting people early on with "What's in it for me?" boosts engagement and connectivity. If we don't see a connection with a topic, it's more likely that we will be unfocused or disengaged. Easy ways to connect people are to ask - What's your connection with this topic? or Who here ____ (fill in the blank)?
#3 - Make the start of the call different. Switch up the start. Consider incorporating video? Story? Breakout?
#4 - Make it visually rich. Icons are a favorite go-to for me, as is converting shorter blog posts into video. I often use Lumen5 to quickly convert content over. What content do you have that can get repurposed quickly?
#5 - Think about the right tool, for the right platform. What's the right tool for the right platform?
Check out the entire May EVC newsletter here.
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