Conference Calls

How To Keep People’s Attention In An Online Meeting

How can you keep people’s attention in an online meeting, such as a conference call? It’s a perpetual challenge which has led to many an internet meme. The latest I received was this – someone reckons he’s built a gadget that listens to his conference calls, pings him when his name’s mentioned, and covers for him …

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The 3 Biggest Surprises Of An Online Unconference

The impact of our first online unconference, Metaphorum 2016, is still reverberating around the globe. For example, today one attendee launched his campaign to crowdfund training a group of socially-marginalised French-speakers in Clean Language – and was immediately helped by Metaphorum participants. And I’m still absorbing the learning. The day itself was like drinking from a firehose – …

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Structuring An Unconference

How do you structure an unconference? That’s a self-organised conference – one where the participants take responsibility for making what they want to happen, happen. As I’ve been organising my first online unconference, I’ve been realising and re-realising that this question isn’t trivial. People may say they want freedom, but in fact nobody (or perhaps, …

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Online Meetings: How To Avoid Tumbleweed Moments

How can you avoid tumbleweed moments in your online meetings? You’ve probably experienced those moments many times. Someone asks a question and there’s a long, intense silence… … … … … until someone asks, “Has the line dropped?” If you want to know how that feels, the effect is pretty easy to create. Find (or call) online …

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How To Choose Remote Working Technology For Your Team

How should you choose the technology to help your geographically-dispersed team work better together? This interesting question was highlighted by one of the participants at Mark Kilby’s Audacious Salon at Agile 2016 yesterday. I was attending remotely, from my home office in London, via a sub-optimal video-link, and didn’t catch the guy’s name. But he was wondering why nobody’s …

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