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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...

Running virtual meetings from home

So what if you find you need to run meetings from home? Here are some thoughts… Make sure you have the best equipment set up you can – ideally, cable internet connection rather than wifi, a webcam and a USB headset on your laptop. The last two are not expensive...

10 tips for successful virtual meetings

Health concerns are pushing virtual meetings up the agenda. Shifting the balance from face to face towards more virtual meetings also helps save money, time and carbon. Yet in practice people often find virtual meetings frustrating, disappointing and ineffective. Having designed and facilitated virtual meetings for more than ten years,...

What is the power of facilitation?

I’m working with an international group putting together a book on the Power of Facilitation. I am co-authoring a chapter on collaboration. I’ve been facilitating groups for more than twenty years and for much of that time I’ve defined myself principally as a facilitator more than as a consultant, coach...

Flipping the page

‘We don’t get asked for them much anymore.  But we must have one somewhere’. It was the first time I realised that the flip chart may be on its way out. I first encountered a flip chart as a meeting participant in the late eighties.  I remembered being baffled as...