Creating engaging and effective virtual learning environments is an art form as well as a science. In the next few weeks we'll be looking more in-depth at virtual facilitation - skills, best practices, platforms etc.
Today's post starts with some of the core virtual facilitation skills. What do we need to bring to the table in order to create more interactive, and engaging learning events, meetings and team sessions?
Here's a list of some of the top skills which help to make a virtual facilitators shine:
* Flexibility and adaptability (to navigate things that probably won't work the way you think they will)
* Process facilitation skills
* Exceptional communication skills - clear, concise, ability to adapt the message for different audiences
* Listening skills - being able to listen for the nuances, energy, distinctions and synergies in groups which are remote and often multi-cultural
*Creating connection with group/team members virtually
* An understanding of different cultures
* Being a great host - there's an important host function as a virtual facilitator
* Confidence and knowledge of their presence (and the ability to be a chameleon)
* Strong observational skills and ability to integrate multiple pieces of information
* Technical skills with different platforms
and while it is not a skill, a robust toolkit!
What else do you see as core skills for virtual facilitators?
With best wishes,
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