Remote Meetings Masterclass

One­ day (or multi­-session equivalent) workshop for people who host/lead/facilitate online meetings over audio or video conference ­ including “hybrid” meetings where some participants are co­located, others remote.

“Meetings are where the action is… It is in meetings that we agree on how we will make or break the future.” Elise Keith

Are your online meetings working? They’re great in theory: they should connect all the right people, at the right time, to quickly get shared perspectives and collaborate on great work, without the costs and hassles of travel. But that’s not usually what happens. In reality, most online meetings are a frustrating time­sink.

But great online meetings are possible. In this course you’ll re-craft your in­-the­-room hosting toolkit so that it works just as well ­ perhaps better! ­ online.

Attend this course and you will be able to:

  • Design and host great online meetings of all kinds, including
    • cadence meetings (eg updates, reviews, stand­ups, retros)
    • innovation (eg brainstorming)
    • training workshops
    • influencing events (eg sales pitch)
    • the balance between these meeting types is determined by client needs
  • Adapt your in­-the­-room toolkit to work effectively online
  • Overcome the challenges of hybrid meetings
  • Eradicate distraction, make focus the default
  • Inspire high­-quality dialogue
  • Create the conditions where great online meetings of all kinds ‘just happen’.

Format

The course is delivered via video conference ­ either Zoom (preferred) or the tool your organisation currently uses. It can be done as a single day (7 hours including breaks); two half­days; or six separate blocks of around 75 minutes each.

There will be some preparatory reading, reflection and research tasks, totalling 45 to 90 minutes per participant.

All participants, and the trainer, will connect by email, Slack or another text­based tool a few days before, and a few weeks after, the class itself. The “before” contact is to set context, uncover hopes and fears, and to demonstrate the good practice that will be taught during the course; the “after” provides an opportunity to answer specific questions, to offer prompts and reminders of key lessons, and help to transfer the learning to ongoing use.

Maximum group size: 12

Methodology

The course will be highly interactive and experiential, with activities drawing on real­life example challenges brought by participants. Brain­friendly learning principles will be used, adapted for the online video conference context.

Led by: Judy Rees

Judy is an author, speaker, consultant, trainer and coach based in London, but mostly working over the internet.

For the last 12 years she has helped people who work apart to work together, better, by improving their relationship-building communications. She is the co-author of the bestselling book about Clean Language, which is a precision inquiry toolkit that improves clarity and increases trust in complex human-to-human contexts.

A former journalist and media executive based in London, UK, she holds a European Media Masters degree and is a Fellow of the RSA (Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Arts, Manufactures and Commerce).

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