Recently I facilitated an online session about how to get better at online meetings for Lightful in the UK where I am a Senior Advisor at Lightful, among other activities, facilitate online master classes for their BRIDGE programme.Here's an overview the tips and resources I shared. Online Meeting Tips Don’t wing it alone It’s easy to wing meetings with no formalised planning or an agenda. According to Beth, a good meeting is based on good design. You can plan the topics, the minutes … [Read more...] about Tips To Make Online Meetings Less Exhausting
In light of the Coronavirus, many nonprofits are engaging in scenario planning. Organizations have also been encouraging their employees to work from home or enlisted travel bans. The list of conferences cancelled is growing, with some now being delivered a virtual gatherings. It's time to up your virtual facilitation and convening skills. I've been working remotely since the early 1990s, during the early years of the Web. My first remote job was to work with a virtual team to manage an … [Read more...] about How To Facilitate Effective Virtual Meetings
Meetings can not only be a waste of time if they are not well designed, but can also zap our energy. Even worse, the meeting can be so boring that participants tune out or cancel. One way to shake things is up to host a “Strolling” Meeting. A strolling meeting is a meeting where everyone is moving – either rolling or walking – and does not have to take place inside a conference room. It is called “Strolling” (not walking) to be inclusive. People who use wheelchairs, roll instead of walk. The “S” … [Read more...] about The Nonprofit's Guide To Inclusive Walking Meetings: Strolling Meetings
The Meeting Escape Hatch: Ritual Design Lab for Org Change from Margaret Hagan on Vimeo. I've been interested in organizational rituals that build resilience. Being in a meeting that is a waste of your time can suck your energy. How many meetings are you invited to that you where it isn't mission critical that you attend? What if you reclaim that wasted time? What if every meeting in your organization was optional? This is small, fun ritual for the start of meetings, … [Read more...] about A Meeting Ritual To Get Rid of Unnecessary Meetings That Waste Time
No, I'm not talking about the cute red Muppet. ELMO stands for "Enough! Let's Move On." It is a ritual or organizational norm that can used during meetings to avoid unnecessary discussions that don't support the meeting objectives. It's a fun way to avoid one of the most common meeting productivity killers: Rabbit Holes. How does it work? Introduce the concept at the beginning of the meeting. If the discussion during the meeting has jumped down a rabbit and become a time waster, anyone … [Read more...] about How Can Elmo Make Your Nonprofit's Meetings More Effective?