Remote Teams

Remote Facilitation: Before And After

When I’m teaching remote facilitation, whether my students are trainers, coaches or facilitators, our focus is on real-time or ‘live’ remote interactions. They might be called online meetings, or events, or workshops. The essence is that two or more people are able to interact directly, at the same time, while not in the same physical …

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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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Antifragility In Remote Facilitation

Great remote facilitators need robust and resilient kit – plus an antifragile approach to their own learning. That’s what I realised as I scrambled across a giant boulder field in thick cloud this week! The thing is, no matter how impressive the tools you’re using for your video-conference meetings and events, something’s going to fail …

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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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