Remote Facilitation

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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Just What Is A “Remote Meeting”?

I’ve been writing a lot about remote meetings this week. For example, I’ve been developing a (pretty awesome) series of Remote Meetings Masterclasses with Lisette Sutherland. We’ve been talking about the five big challenges our clients experience with remote meetings, sharing with each other how we help them to solve them, and then packing all …

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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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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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