ENGAGE YOUr team WHEREVER THEY ARE.
During times of uncertainty it’s more important than ever to keep your team engaged and appreciated in difficult situations.
Drew has developed a structure to connect employees, management and clients virtually! He’ll help your team make your online meetings productive, fun and educational for all.
Increase the ROI from virtual meetings with interactive ice-breakers, fun presentation training and relevant examples that hook your guests!
THREE POWERFUL TIPS FOR ONLINE EVENTS
Here are a few helpful tips my clients and I have found to ensure the virtual experience has a true impact and benefit for all attendees.
1. Keep Attendees Engaged
After you’ve set-up your online streaming system (Zoom, Google Hangouts, etc.) you will want to make sure the agenda is designed in such a way that keeps everyone focused and most importantly included. Plan out a schedule that includes energizers and interaction through polls, chat functions and screen sharing.
Consider inviting a guest host who can conduct interactive Q&A and virtual ice-breakers leading into each session of your meeting. This will make sure everyone is listening but also is experiencing your content through purposeful and personalized engagement.
2. Eliminate Distractions
Working from home certainly has it’s challenges. Between our pets, phones and poorly timed spouse entrances, we need to work differently from the comfort of home to be as effective as possible.
Consider breaking up your meeting into shorter sessions across a few days rather than one longer commitment. Shorter sessions help everyone to schedule their days and block out time for full focus. With the new challenges for our spouses, kids and family members, surprises will come up. Great leaders are understanding of this and plan for adjustments.
An extra tip: Reminds your guests to turn on their “Do Not Disturb” feature on their computer/phone. Audio and occasional incoming web calls from one source may certainly distract the entire group. This can also accidentally disconnect them from the meeting.
3. Offer Encouragement & Support
With the sudden shift to new technology and a different working environment for so many, it’s more important than ever to check-in on one another. Help set your team up for success with resources and tools to connect digitally. Also, ask for feedback and listen to their concerns. Are they receiving the information well? Do they need anything else to adapt to the changes?
Effective leaders take a blended approach when engaging with others. Be sure to listen closely, acknowledge the issue and offer uplifting encouragement. Phrases such as “this is tough, but we believe in you” or “we know you feel uncertain and we’re looking out for you” can help put your team at ease.
With this type of support, everyone will likely use this challenge to improve their focus and productivity.
“Everyone wants to be appreciated, so if you appreciate someone, don’t keep it a secret.”
– Mary Kay Ash
We’re in this together. If there is anything I can do to help you, please reach out.
– Drew Murray