Online Facilitation

The Secret Metaphors Inside Your Remote Meetings Toolkit

Metaphors are everywhere – and this has an important implication when it comes to choosing a toolkit for remote working. If you want to encourage specific behaviours, you need to use tools underpinned by metaphors that support those behaviours. Let me explain. A “metaphor” is simply an instance of one thing being compared to another …

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Why You Should Shrink Your Remote Meetings

When you organise a remote meeting, my strong advice is to make it as small as possible. Invite only the people who really need to be there.  As a facilitator, this makes sense to me on any number of levels. Small meetings are efficient, minimising wasted time (and associated cost). They  reduce groupthink. They tend …

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Are You Organising Your Online Meetings In A Train Carriage?

When you’re organising an in-person meeting, you probably know that space matters – a lot. People think and behave differently in different kinds of spaces, so you choose carefully. Bright spaces with high ceilings for “blue sky” thinking; rows of theatre-style seating for information downloads; smallish stand-up spaces in front of a whiteboard for planning …

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How Could Metaphorum 2019 Be More Of An Online Unconference?

One of the things I love to do, and find myself doing more and more of professionally, is organising highly-participative online events. Most of these bring together up to around 50 people for a short event around a theme, mixing networking and learning for 90 minutes or so. But for each of the last three …

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The Art Of Hosting Great Online Meetings

“This is a real art form!” exclaimed a Remote Meetings Masterclass participant the other night. I reckon he was spot on. Hosting great remote meetings is certainly an art, not a science.  There’s science involved, of course. There’s all that communications technology. But beyond a certain basic level, it’s not the technology that really matters.  …

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