Monday, July 20, 2015

Virtual Facilitation - Five Great Posts (oldies but goodies)

One of the things I love about my work is the ability to work virtually from almost anywhere there is a
connection. You might have noticed I've been a little quieter on the blog for the last month. That's coincided with a shift to my summer work routine where I get to spend the majority of July and August working from beautiful Muskoka, CANADA.  My 150 square foot office space gets shrunk down dramatically during these months which also provides the opportunity to sift through physically, and mentally, the things I want to hold onto as I downsize and those that need to be put in storage.

Over the last couple of months a lot of my attention has been focused on several large projects for corporate clients, as well as continued public group programs. I trust as well that you've been able to enjoy and sift through several years of posts on group programs and group and team coaching already written. Translating in person programming to virtual programming has been a big focus for me in recent months and I thought it would be a great focus for this week's blog post.

Today I wanted to resurface a few of the oldie but goodie posts around virtual facilitation for those considering moving to a virtual format in the coming months. These are posts that those who attended my June Virtual Facilitation Skills Intensive program found interesting, as well as those who have been asking questions about leading virtual group coaching programs in the Group Coaching Essentials program (next group starts August 6th - Thursdays 1015 - 11:30 am ET).

Here are five posts you will find interesting:

7 Keys for Powerful Virtual Facilitation - read a recent post from my sister blog for team leaders at the Teams365 blog.

How to deal with difficult Participants - a 11 minute audio post based on last summer's Teams365 Cartoon on the topic, and related article for the Coaching Tools Company.

Virtual Facilitation Tips 9 and 10 from last fall's series on virtual facilitation. You can view all of them over at our Effective Group Coaching Facebook page.

Virtual Program Tips - Webinars, Teleclasses and Group Coaching (From an earlier April 2014 post here at the Group Coaching Ins and Outs blog)

Making Virtual Group Coaching More Effective - 5 Tips (From a 2011 post here at the blog)

What tips do you have for others in making virtual learning and program design more effective?

Have a great week,

Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPCC, CPT | Potentials Realized
Author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2009) and From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013)

August programs starting soon - Group Coaching Essentials (Thursdays 10 - 11:15 am ET starting August 6) and Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC and ACC renewal (Thursdays 9-10 am ET starting August 6)
Want to boost your own virtual facilitation skills? Join me starting September 15th for the Virtual Facilitation Skills Intensive. Key Topics we're covering in the 15 hour (5 week) Virtual Facilitation Skills Intensive include: designing powerful programs, more than 2 dozen facilitation tools you can use virtually and in person, dealing with tricky issues, difficult participants, a virtual facilitation skills self-assessment, how to navigate different platforms, creating energizing and engaging virtual presentations, plus lots, lots more!