Online Communities

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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Why Are People So Argumentative Online?

Why are people so argumentative online? In an interesting article in the current RSA Journal, Ian Leslie suggests a number of reasons: ‘Agreeing tends to motivate people less than disagreeing’ (Paul Graham). People are more likely to comment on things they disagree with. Aa a result, a big part of the economy of the internet …

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Brain-Friendly Learning, Online

As trainers, facilitators and coaches we know that bored people don’t learn well. We work hard to make our in-the-room events ‘brain-friendly’, using interest, novelty, emotion and meaning to keep people actively engaged throughout. We bring learning to life with brightly-coloured handouts, physical games, small-group activities, learner-led sessions and more. Sharon Bowman refers to five …

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ENGAGE: The New Rules For Online Meetings

If you’re a facilitator, trainer or group coach, how can you best engage participants remotely, so that you have really creative online meetings and other live events? By applying your in-person best practices! A great online facilitator uses what we know works in person – and figures out how to apply that online. I’ve pulled …

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Clean Language And Open Space: Double The Value?

Clean Language and Open Space Technology. Two proven approaches to improve communication “softly” – not by adding more machinery, but by structuring conversations so that they work well. We’ll be combining the two at Metaphorum 2018 on 3 February. Surely that’ll double the value? Here’s an introduction to Open Space: And here’s my latest Clean …

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