Online Learning

How To Turn Lurkers Into Participants In Your Online Meeting

In most online communities, 90% of users are “lurkers” who never contribute, 9% of users contribute a little, and 1% of users account for almost all the action. But as leaders of real, live online meetings – meetings that involve building relationships between human beings as a well as passing on information – we need …

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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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Are The Days Of The “Training Day” Numbered?

I was up in Telford this week for an awesome training day with the guys from MiTek – the first ever get-together for the 50-strong, internationally-based software development group. At first, some participants seemed a bit nervous to speak to colleagues they didn’t know – especially those from other countries. But after a few hours …

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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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Six Tips To Make Your Remote Meetings Not Suck: Part 2

There are too many ghastly remote meetings. Let’s make it stop! In this occasional series I share my six top tips for making your remote meetings not suck. 3. Use Breakouts One way to find out more about your colleagues, as well as to get lots of people involved in the conversation, is to use …

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