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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!
Well these are Humojis!

“Everyone lean out of view of…

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

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

Turn-taking was and 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 as part of the process. Establishing a talking order is…

Include quick warmups – Virtual Facilitation #8

Include quick warmups – Virtual Facilitation #8

Why should you include quick warmups at the start of online calls?

1 They help familiarise everyone with the technology. Then it’s less likely that people will feel excluded or marginalised.

For example, here’s a simple warmup which works well with larger groups…

If the technology allows it, invite participants to change what shows on their name line by…

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’.
With everyone preferably in Gallery View or equivalent, the facilitator names one person and everyone points to the area of the screen in which that person appears.

Who decides what’s the New Normal?

Who decides what’s the New Normal?

What will our new normal look like? As we adjust to a world containing Covid19, there are many ideas about what’s going to be different and what will stay the same. We experience whatever we’ve always called ‘normal’ as the flow of millions of interpersonal exchanges. Pre-Covid, life, more or less, went on. Then suddenly with the pandemic a significant…

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?

‘Sorry, I haven’t quite got the hang of Zoom’. Well, we don’t want to hear it – for at least three good reasons.

1. I reckon that you really should have the hang of it by now. If you are creating training or learning sessions, particularly if they are paid-for, you need