Online Communities

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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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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Why Might Remote Leaders Value Clean Language?

I’m probably best known for my work with Clean Language. But in recent weeks and months, my public profile has been more focussed on remote facilitation. For example, I’ve been giving conference talks and writing blog posts about “How To Make Remote Meetings Not Suck“. So I’ve been asked, “What’s the relationship?” One answer is …

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