When I wrote the "Happy Healthy Nonprofit," in-person workplaces were the norm and the book looked at ways to activate a culture of wellbeing in the nonprofit workplace. Over the last 18 months, I've adapted a lot of the best practices for remote work. While vaccines have given us hope, with the Delta variant, COVID is still top of mind. Returning to the workplace likely won’t be everyone in-person, in the office, all at once side-by-side. Some of us will continue to work remotely (all … [Read more...] about 5 Tips To Create a Happy, Healthy Nonprofit Hybrid Workplace
Before the pandemic, way back In November 2019, a group of academic meeting researchers from several universities, business leaders, and consultants met to review and analyze hundreds of research studies about what makes meetings effective. They published “Ten Rules Simple Rules for Meaningful Meetings.” One of the science-based findings identified that online meetings get the same results as in-person meetings when everyone turns on their video cameras. Now that we have … [Read more...] about Zoom Cameras On or Off?
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