Author Archives: Simon Wilson

Back in the room: what do we need to think about?

Increasingly our clients are thinking about holding events face to face – back in the real room rather than the Zoom room. As facilitators, our risk assessments for events were usually straightforward. We have been doing a lot of thinking about how to handle the new situation arising in the UK...

 What spaces do you use in virtual meetings?

Thinking back to meetings ‘in the room’ or forward to when we can meet again, physical space makes a difference to the quality of a meeting.  A windowless room in a hotel basement or a panelled chamber in a country house hotel create different expectations and affect behaviours.  The layout...

Facilitating good relationships in online groups

Good meetings get work done and build relationships among group members.  When I talk to people about what they want to achieve in meetings they usually mention both:  they want to get a result in terms of work, but they also want to reconnect with colleagues, tackle difficulties and disputes,...

Back in the room again?

Many of us have had no choice about meeting face to face or online in the last year. Now that there are some signs that meeting in person may be back on the cards, will you stay or will you go? I’ve been thinking about the pros and cons in...

Take it outside

Helene Jewell and Simon Wilson When most of us were working at home things were at least clear. Now organisations and teams are having to make judgements about returning to work in the room.    Those of us who facilitate and chair can help them make these judgements. There are four...

Effective hybrid meetings

As restrictions ease, teams and organisations are thinking about how to manage meetings when some participants may be at home and others may be office based: these are known as hybrid meetings. A hybrid meeting is where some participants join through one method and other participants join by another method....

What is under the surface of virtual meetings?

Many of us have learned the nuts and bolts of virtual meetings quickly with the sudden shift to working from home.  As well as practical tutorials and top tips people are now talking about the psychology of meeting at a distance.  This blog asks some questions about what is happening...

Planning virtual meetings

Some weeks in to the coronavirus restrictions, people are connecting through virtual meetings.  But are you planning meetings so they are effective, participative and achieve their goals? This matters most for complex meetings, perhaps a strategic discussion with external collaborators.  But good planning matters for any meeting even it’s only...