Here’s what I wrote back in Teams365 #1609
Teams365 #1609: Effective Virtual Conversation Tip #46: Pitfall # 9 – Lack of Connection Felt by the Group
We are continuing to make our way through ten different pitfalls for virtual communication as we explore ten different pitfalls as part of our Effective Virtual Conversations Tips.
Here’s what I wrote about Pitfall #9 - Lack of Connection felt by the group – in my latest book, Effective Virtual Conversations:
“It is surprising how facilitators overlook how important it is to build connection among group members. Connection is an essential ingredient for virtual programming, and is an important foundation even with a teleseminar or teleclass which may be more content focused. Engagement levels will be impacted if group members do not feel connected with the host and/or others.
Solution: Consider how you can build connection (as appropriate) amongst group members. If it is an extended program, are you giving air time for everyone to speak? Are you encouraging people to share a bio/photo at the start of the program? For one-off engagements, are you posing questions to the group which they can respond to verbally, by email/chat or by using their key pad? If you are hosting a longer program, are you creating “learning partners” or buddies?”
I’ve dedicated a number of the recent community calls for Effective Virtual Conversations to the topic of building connection in your virtual groups including these 30 minute calls:
Breakouts that Sizzle
Four Ways to Move the Needle on Engagement
The Triad of Trust, Connection and Safety
Click on over to view these calls here.
Five quick ways to connect people
Incorporate an icebreaker at the start of the call – be sure to check out Thursday’s post later this week
Get people to explore what their common ground is
Have people share a quick story about the relevance of the topic to them (this can be done in breakouts for larger groups)
Use a set of images and have each person select one
Ask for people to share in chat their connection with the topic.
Enjoy your dialogue,
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