Online Communities

Online Learning Events: Why Size Matters

When you organise a live online learning event, how many people do you want to turn up? The answer isn’t always “as many as possible”!  In reality, “it depends”. It depends on what you want people to learn, and how you want them to learn it – just as it does for an in-the-room event. …

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Metaphorum: What’s The MetaPhormula?

A couple of weeks ago, 120+ people from at least 21 countries spent more than 12 hours online together in an immersive, interactive, online-video experience, Metaphorum 2019. It’s the fourth time I’ve staged one of these for the Clean Language community, and this was arguably the most successful so far – not least because the …

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Can Our Metaphors Change The Way We Meet Online?

When you meet with others online, everyone brings part of the meeting room with them. If somebody joins a video call from what looks like a dingy broom cupboard, or what sounds like a busy shopping mall, it affects the quality of the experience for everyone. Most people find it more difficult to stay engaged …

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How To Use Clean Language Questions On Twitter

Might using Clean Language questions make Twitter a friendlier, less confrontational space? And if so, what might be the best approach to take? A thread of tweets started by Jose Casal and involving Steven Mackenzie and Dragan Jolic has got me thinking about the issue. Jose posted: “Some people’s behaviour on Twitter is terrible. Confrontational, …

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5 Ways To Improve Your Hybrid Meetings

Are you struggling to lead effective hybrid meetings? The issue comes up at every presentation I give. “How can we make our meeting work when a group of people are in the room together, and one or two are remote?” The fact is that hybrid meetings are especially challenging. Communication inequality is baked in to …

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