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Simple activities for Zoom

Simple activities for Zoom

You can easily get inventive with simple activities on Zoom.

This picture from a London meeting of the Applied Improvisation Network illustrates a quick game, based on ‘Where’s Wally?’ and retitled for our gang as ‘Point to Peter’.

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Apology not accepted – Virtual Facilitation #7

Apology not accepted – Virtual Facilitation #7

How many times are you hearing apologies for poor use of technology during online calls?

The good news is that there is lots that can be done so that in the long-term, you will gain confidence from your successes and your participants will gain confidence in you.

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How to create engagement in virtual meetings – Virtual Facilitation #5

How to create engagement in virtual meetings – Virtual Facilitation #5

How do we create (more) engagement in virtual meetings with a group that’s still pretty unfamiliar with good Zoom meetings? And that likely means most of your participants.

If you can do that, you’ll immediately stand out from the cavalcade of everyone and their uncle who are now offering online sessions..

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How to warm up a virtual meeting – Virtual Facilitation #4

How to warm up a virtual meeting – Virtual Facilitation #4

One great question to warm up a virtual meeting is, ‘What are you enjoying about the lockdown?’.

While that may seem paradoxical, there will be some things that people are benefiting from by staying at home, whether they have thought about them yet or not..

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Online meeting etiquette – Virtual Facilitation #3

Online meeting etiquette – Virtual Facilitation #3

Online meeting etiquette actually isn’t as different from face-to-face meeting etiquette as you’d think.

Have you been on those Zoom calls where the first 30 minutes (of 60) is taken up with elaborate introductions and by the time everyone has described their new routine you’ve no energy for the topic of the meeting?

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How to start your virtual meeting – Virtual Facilitation #2

How to start your virtual meeting – Virtual Facilitation #2

Most virtual meeting systems offer a waiting room, where you can hold your participants until you are ready to begin.

It can put a lot of pressure on you to have to get started precisely at the advertised time. So thoughtful use of a virtual waiting room can provide a gentler start..

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Good enough tech skills – Virtual Facilitation #1

Good enough tech skills – Virtual Facilitation #1

You don’t have to be a tech wizard to be a great online facilitator but you do need to have good tech skills.

You need to know just enough to ensure you don’t let technical shortcomings hamper your skills as an excellent facilitator. It’s not just about what you know, but how you bring the group along with you..

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Virtual Facilitation: What works well online?

Virtual Facilitation: What works well online?

What works well online is not simply a matter of taking what works well offline and hoping for the best.

It’s not a bad idea for starters, as many principles are directly transferable. But you also need to be aware of what is possible and what’s not in each medium. As the context changes, so do the interactions..

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Your problem with group brainstorming isn’t creativity…

Your problem with group brainstorming isn’t creativity…

How many of us have been part of a bad brainstorm?

But what if it’s not about the group but about how ‘bursty’ it is? And how can improvisation create burstiness? Creativity comes in bursts. Well, that’s according to the Adam Grant podcast ‘WorkLife’, in which he visited Trevor Noah and ‘The Daily Show’…

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