These comments are a contrast to the negative press we hear about zoom fatigue and yet another “talking head” experience. Just last week a group member indicated that my virtual session with their organization was the first one that they had not fallen asleep in since March.
So, what can we do to keep virtual calls as they are intended – a deeper way to connect people to the content and each other?
Watch your pace change! Keeping things moving. A pace change every 7-10 minutes provides enough time for content and information, and then shift it up. A shift might involve:
- Asking a question and having people respond
- Doing a poll to take the pulse of the group
- Moving people to breakout rooms for discussion
- Using annotation to have people engage on the screen
- Incorporating an energizer
- Getting people to turn to chat and share their ideas
Provide time for people to do things real-time. Is there a process you can take people through, working on step by step? Is there something people can draw out and work on?
Being clear with the end result. What is important? What are the questions that will help you get there?
Plan it. We can’t “wing things” in the virtual space like we could in-person. Take time to plan and prepare for the conversation.
Want more tips? Listen into the 60-day series of Effective Virtual Conversations Daily Author Readings I hosted this spring over at the Effective Virtual Conversations website.
Enjoy your conversations!
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