In the brave new world we’re living in now, all the meetings seem to be taking place on Zoom or Webex or Google Hangouts. But in an inversion of the old joke about meetings that really could have been emails–is this another video meeting that could have been a call?
While it’s easier to fire up your videoconference platform than to physically go to another place to meet, it’s still worth remembering that there is a level of “showing up” that has to happen when people turn their cameras on, and that preparation means your video meetings will tend to feel more important and last longer than phone calls.
What are the ways your team communicates?
Lead your team to make decisions about when, and in what circumstances, to use the various methods of communication, and consider scheduling actual, real-time meetings sparingly.
Read more about better team meetings here—
What could be wrong with “having all the answers” or “getting it right”? What might that mindset exclude from your communication?
Ignite CSP coach Neela Muñoz shares insight from a client.
Join Neela for the Virtual Meetings That Work webinar, this week Wednesday – Friday!
Hi all! Today’s post is unusual, but I want to make sure you know about a new resource to help you transform the virtual meetings we all seem to be having right now.
The sad truth is that virtual meetings have the exact same problems as in-person ones–and then some. But Vivian, Neela, and I have been working to put together a fun, interactive workshop to give you new skills for all the virtual meetings now crowding your calendars.
We’re hosting this workshop three times this week. We’re limiting the enrollment to each one so people can ask questions and try out the new skills. Come check it out!
Virtual Meetings That Work: Fundamentals Webinar will give you concrete tools to make your meetings better!
We’ve all experienced it.
You log on for your team’s standing call, and you’re the only one there on time.
You raise your hand to participate, but the speaker never acknowledges you.
A co-worker’s vague response lets you know they were doing something else while you were talking.
No matter how hard you try to focus, your online meeting is Just. Boring.
Technology has taken great leaps and bounds in connecting us, but our understanding of how to maximize these big jumps lags behind. This lack of understanding can lead to scenarios like the ones above, and many others you could share yourself.
Fortunately, there is a growing body of research and expertise to help us make the most of videoconferencing while mitigating its downsides.
Here are a few of Ignite CSP’s top tips for managing video calls:
But it’s not enough to use the technology well. In order to have efficient and enjoyable (I promise it’s possible) video meetings, you need to change your communication style. To put it bluntly, you can’t talk or present the same way in a video call as you do in person and expect to have a good outcome.
What if your video meetings saved time, money, and energy?
What if you looked forward to meeting with your team online?
What if you had clarity of next steps after every meeting?
What if you could build trust with your team during your video meetings?
What if you felt closer to your team as a result of your video meetings?
Ignite CSP coaches are experienced in coaching folks to translate their in-person communication habits to virtual ones that really work. If you’re interested in knowing more, check out our new interactive, online workshop: Virtual Meetings That Work !
And if you’re a manager, human resources or learning leader, or someone else who is interested in registering your team for this workshop, please contact Angie Flynn-McIver at 828-423-8585 or by responding to this email.
Earlier this week I posted a breathing technique you can use any time to calm anxiety.
Today I want to share another great, quick re-set technique to boost your focus. You can do this right at your desk–no special gear required!
Please feel free to forward this to anyone you think could use it!
Ignite coach Vivian Smith shows you the magic of the spine roll–
It’s amazing how quickly things are changing these days. I don’t know about you, but I have to remember to take a couple of minutes to relax and get centered.
Breathing techniques are a great way to calm our anxious feelings. I thought it might be a good time to re-share this video–Ignite coach Neela Muñoz leads a simple and effective breathing exercise.
Please feel free to forward this to anyone you like! We can all use a little calm 🙂