We are all looking for ways to make our #virtualmeetings more productive. The most helpful resource I have found is the book Suddenly Virtual: Making Remote Meetings Work.
Here is the back story. As a result of publishing my book Organization Design Made Easy: Structure, Process and People, I met Dr. Joseph Allen who just published this very timely book along with Karin Reed. Dr. Allen is a professor at the University of Utah and the Director of the Center for Meeting Effectiveness. Dr. Allen’s website.
Rather than ‘teaching’ people tips and tricks that are hardly ever applied, Dr. Allen reviews real meetings and provides specific, relevant, and actionable feedback on how they can be improved. True learning in action:) [And BTW: He has written 100s of articles on meeting effectiveness after reading through 1,000s of articles. So you can check that task off your to do list!]
One of Dr. Allen’s findings that I have found most useful is the importance of providing voice opportunities in meetings. He discovered that team members need to feel that they can speak up, be heard and have their opinions acknowledged in online meetings. Participants want to be accepted, validated and have their thinking included in the decision making processes. Creating this open, safe environment is easier said that done online. Dr. Allen’s research offers suggestions for drawing out participants including turning cameras on, as well as active facilitation.
And in case you are interested in participating in a meeting effectiveness study for your organization, Dr. Allen provides consulting. The other connection here is Keith Leust, who I worked with at Accelare, who is part of Dr. Allen’s research team. For more information, give me a shout or reach out directly to Keith at KeithLeust@MyCareerTransformation.com
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