Online Learning

The 3 Questions You Must Ask Before Choosing An Online Sticky-Note Tool

Facilitators love sticky-notes! Colourful, accessible, flexible… and temporary. They allow groups to capture and manipulate their thoughts in an accessible, interactive way. So when facilitators start to work online – assuming that they’re able to see and hear everyone clearly, and have video breakout rooms to play with – it’s sticky notes (aka Post-Its) that …

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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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