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Are You Organising Your Online Meetings In A Train Carriage?

When you’re organising an in-person meeting, you probably know that space matters – a lot. People think and behave differently in different kinds of spaces, so you choose carefully. Bright spaces with high ceilings for “blue sky” thinking; rows of theatre-style seating for information downloads; smallish stand-up spaces in front of a whiteboard for planning …

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Why Are Hybrid Meetings So Horrible?

Hybrid meetings are horrible. Of course, I should really say “often horrible”. I wish I could do that with honesty. But the reality is that hybrid meetings – by which I mean the kind of meetings where the main group is in the same room, with one or two people remote – are almost universally …

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3 Top Tips: Increasing Engagement In Online Meetings

Increasing Engagement In Online Meetings: 3 Top Tips from Judy Rees I had five minutes. What were the 3 most effective things that leaders could do, to get people more engaged in online meetings? Disengagement is a real poison for online meetings. People don’t expect much from online meetings, so they don’t invest much energy …

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Would You Dial In To A Christmas Party?

“Would you dial in to the office Christmas party?” asked someone on LinkedIn. “If not, why would you think it’s OK to dial in to a retrospective or other important meeting?” Fair point, well presented. The point of the annual shindig is, obviously: to get all dressed up in uncomfortable and/or expensive clothes take unreliable …

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Six Tips To Make Your Remote Meetings Not Suck: Part 3

There are too many ghastly remote meetings. Let’s make it stop! In this occasional series I share my six top tips for making your remote meetings not suck. 5. Create A Great “Shared Workspace” Recently I was speaking at a conference in an underground bunker! It was in a hotel near Heathrow, where they had …

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