Monday, October 17, 2016

Virtual Facilitation Tips - Leading more engaged and effective virtual events

Many coaches today are tasked with leading virtual events. Whether it is a virtual group or team coaching session, or a webinar or teleclass, it is important to avoid the Death By Conference Call experience.

Recently, over at the Teams365 blog which I also host,  I have done a series of posts on Virtual Facilitation Tips. I thought it would be useful and interesting to share these with you there as well. As you review them, consider what tweaks you want to make in your own virtual programming.

Tip - Each person adds an exponential layer of complexity
It is important to note that as we add one member of a group we are adding a whole web of relationships, perspectives, insights and beliefs. Consider how growing group size impacts the webs. Read this Teams365 post here.

Tip - Small Is Beautiful
Part of the challenge of virtual events is to support group members in feeling connected and supported by each other. To facilitate this, consider how smaller group size can create more of a connection. Read this Teams365 post on Virtual Facilitation Tip #3 here.

Tip - Use Breakouts Liberally
one of my favorite posts so far explores the use of breakouts. Many virtual facilitators shy away from breakouts and lose the opportunity they present. Take a look at how you might consider using breakouts in your programming. Click here to read this post

There are many other posts available to you at the Teams365 blog which I hope you will check out and I have many more posts planned for this month and next .

This November I'll be launching our newest Essentials program - the Virtual Facilitation Essentials program. We'll be exploring core best practices for designing and leading engaging virtual events, along with building your toolbox and exploring the technologies. This course will cover the foundations of virtual facilitation, with the Virtual Facilitation Skills Intensive - our 15 hour virtual train-the-trainer being offered again in January for those who want an even deeper dive.

Join us in November on Fridays from 10:15 - 11:30 am ET: November 4, 11, 18, December 2 and 9, 2016. Click here to learn more about the program and reserve your spot. Class size is limited to 8. Cost: $450 US. Reserve your spot today.

Have a great week,

Jennifer Britton, MES, CPT, PCC
Group Coaching Essentials | Potentials Realized  

About Us: Jennifer Britton is author of Effective Group Coaching (Wiley, 2010) andFrom One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching (Jossey-Bass, 2013) . Since 2004 she and her company, Potentials Realized, have supported thousands of coaches, trainers, and leaders, design and create more impactful team and group programs (in-person and virtual). Jennifer offers customized programs for organizations, as well as virtual public training programs. Our areas of specialty are team development, leadership and coaching. Our 2017 programming starts during the week of January  9th and will include: The Group Coaching Essentials teleseminar (8.75 CCEs), The Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum (10 CCEs), and the Mentor Coaching Group for ACC/PCC portfolio routes. Our 2017 Learning Lab and Design Studio Group for Coaches who want to build their business and expand their group and team programs starts January as well (2 group calls on Fridays throughout 2017)

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