Facilitating Virtual Meetings

Formats: 4-hour virtual course  |  1-day instructor-led onsite

People spend an exorbitant amount of time in meetings, and more and more of them are now virtual. We will teach you how to facilitate concise and productive virtual meetings. You will apply proven techniques for group discussions and how to plan, prepare agendas, encourage useful participation, control disruptions, and keep a virtual meeting focused and on track.

Learning Objectives »

  • Identify benefits and challenges of virtual meetings
  • Understand your role as virtual facilitator
  • Encourage open and meaningful participation
  • Apply proven techniques for virtual facilitation
  • Build consensus within the team
  • Accomplish goals and formulate plausible solutions

Course Agenda »

Meeting Preparation

  1. Advantages of Facilitating Virtually
  2. Challenges of Facilitating Virtually
  3. The Role of Facilitator
  4. Getting Started
  5. Defining Objectives
  6. Meeting Agendas
  7. Knowing Your Participants
  8. Knowing the Platform
  9. Knowing Your Limitations
  10. New Model of Education
  11. Final Preparation

Meeting Facilitation

  1. Virtual Communication Skills
  2. Active Listening
  3. Virtual Nonverbals
  4. Voice Inflection
  5. Modifying for a Virtual Medium
  6. Participation Guidelines
  7. Understanding Remote Group Dynamics
  8. Building Consensus
  9. Giving and Receiving Feedback

Meeting Challenges

  1. Staying on Track
  2. Handling Interruptions
  3. Handling Q&A
  4. Friends of Foes?
  5. Handling Problem Participants
  6. Platform Settings and Troubleshooting

Meeting Results

  1. Setting Goals
  2. Motivating Participants
  3. Call to Action