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How to banish ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and bring energy back to your meetings

How to banish ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and bring energy back to your meetings

We’re told that people are getting ‘Zoom Fatigue’, which results in meetings that lack energy and get too little accomplished. If you’re struggling to get what you need from your virtual meetings, it’s useful to know that a well-structured design can deliver results and leave people wanting to come back.

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How to juggle content and processes, without getting overwhelmed

How to juggle content and processes, without getting overwhelmed

As a facilitator, your attention is dragged in at least three different directions – towards the content, the process and the people.

It’s your responsibility to look after all these dimensions. But, for a whole range of reasons, there are times when your participants are no longer on-board..

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A good way to finish an online call – Virtual Facilitation #10

A good way to finish an online call – Virtual Facilitation #10

What’s a good way to finish an online call and ensure that you end with a continued (or increased) sense of engagement, and bring a feeling of completion? This is my adaptation of an activity I learned at a recent gathering of Oxford University alumni. “We’re all familiar with emojis? Yes!”

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Why turn-taking is so important online – Virtual Facilitation #9

Why turn-taking is so important online – Virtual Facilitation #9

Turn-taking is a prominent part of a meeting, whether off-line or online. When we used to meet face to face in the same rooms with each other, we all knew whose turn it was. It was always the turn of the next most confident or senior speaker – unless the meeting was facilitated to allow others to step in first..

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Include quick warmups – Virtual Facilitation #8

Include quick warmups – Virtual Facilitation #8

Why should you include quick warmups at the start of online calls? They help familiarise everyone with the technology. Then it’s less likely that people will feel excluded or marginalised.

Here’s a simple warmup which works well with larger groups..

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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’.

Read on to find out more..

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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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