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Virtual facilitation #4:  How to warm up a virtual meeting

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

For more ideas on introducing your online meeting read… Online meeting etiquette – Virtual facilitation #3

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.

Here’s a sampling of answers from one recent call:

  • Vivid dreams
  • My exercise routine
  • Hearing the birds
  • Home schooling with a 7-year-old (most of the time)
  • Learning a new language
  • I may never go on the tube again!
  • Chocolate


It’s a question that works equally well whether you ask for spoken or written answers. It also focuses on the positive, putting people in a constructive frame of mind for when they get to the main purpose of the call.

What questions have made great starts to your calls?

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