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Move Out of the Boxes in Virtual Meetings

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We’ve been in virtual meetings for 8 months or more depending on when you started your virtual meeting journey. Most of us are still sitting in Zoom boxes or Microsoft Teams meetings without having the delightful experience of what the technology is offering us. This blog hopes to remind you that we can take the best of both worlds and create a new hybrid of meeting. This new type of meeting will transform and surpass anything we’ve experienced in meetings before. That is my vision for what this time of being forced into 100% virtual meetings can teach us.

Today, I talk to three experts from three different continents on what they are learning about humanizing virtual meetings. Their experience is showing us that more than anything people are missing the human connection. They still want their meetings to be efficient and productive. But, they miss the casual banters as people enter a physical meeting room. They miss the extraneous noises and the catching up with people at the end of the meeting. They miss the jokes and the story telling that happens during the meeting. Let’s dig in and begin this journey together of re-humanizing virtual meetings. We are going to show you a bunch of videos so this is really a vlog rather than a blog. We are at the cusp of doing something greater than we are doing now. Stay tuned! We still have lots to learn but we can do this because we are resilient, resourceful, adventurous and brilliant human beings!


From Teck Kwang Loh, Pareto Solutions, Singapore



From Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, Solh Resolutions, USA



From Mireille Beumer, The Netherlands


Resources

For the full interview with Teck Kwang Loh, you can watch it here.
Find Teck Kwang on LinkedIn


For the full interview with Mireille Beumer, you can watch it here.
Find Mireille on LinkedIn

Mireille recommends…

The book “Virtual Teams Across Culture”

Miro templates at Miroverse


For the full interview with Rangineh Azimzadeh Tosang, watch it here.
Find Rangineh on LinkedIn

Resource links to great relaxing music Rangineh has used when entering room:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=77ZozI0rw7w

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlWiI4xVXKY

www.youtube.com/watch?v=EpAyaAyWl-M

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ss7EJ-PW2Uk

Barbara MacKay

Barbara loves “everything facilitation”. She thinks BIG! She loves working with other facilitators around the globe to create transformational results for client groups. She loves teaching others how to do that. She loves presenting at global facilitator conferences. She loves certifying new professional facilitators. If you also love what process facilitation can do for the world, connect with her – virtually or in person. She believes facilitation processes, used well, will provide the roadmap to a more just and sustainable world.

2 Comments

  1. Mary on November 25, 2020 at 8:25 am

    Very helpful, Barb, thanks to you and the presenters!

  2. Debbie Hagman on January 30, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Excellent ideas! I work for the gov as a facilitator for the non profit/charity sector. We are all relearning our jobs in the virtual realm…challenging at times!

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