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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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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