Conference Calls

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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Six Tips To Make Your Remote Meetings Not Suck: Part 1

There are too many dreadful remote meetings. Let’s make it stop! In this occasional series I share my six top tips for making your remote meetings not suck. Tip 1: Know – And Say – Why You’re There Have you ever signed up to attend a remote meeting without expecting to contribute? It’s easy to …

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Remote Meetings: The 3 Difficult Ds

What makes remote meetings so difficult? Teaching a bunch of great in-the-room trainers, facilitators and coaches to do their thing remotely recently, it struck me that we can boil it down to three big challenges, the 3 Difficult Ds: Distraction Discomfort Disconnection (both literal and metaphorical) To make our remote meetings and events brilliant, we need …

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Antifragility In Remote Facilitation

Great remote facilitators need robust and resilient kit – plus an antifragile approach to their own learning. That’s what I realised as I scrambled across a giant boulder field in thick cloud this week! The thing is, no matter how impressive the tools you’re using for your video-conference meetings and events, something’s going to fail …

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