No More Boring Online Sessions Training
Here you can find the whole training with 21,5 methods to create more interaction, engagement and fun.
7 Reasons why online meetings are different
There are 7 challenges that we have to conquer when we are delivering online meetings and events.
1. Short Attention span
2. Technical hiccups
3. An Emotionally & Physically Exhausted Audience
4. Less Non verbal communication
5. Harder to Connect to Your Audience (less opportunity to have a social talk)
6. Limited Mobility (for Audience & Speaker)
7. You have to be a Jack of All Trades (speaker, moderator, technical support, filmcrew)
Essence: always start with some simple guidelines to make your audience feel at ease and get a first smile.
Method 1: Train Time Table
Essence: Don't start your meetings and events at a 'round' hour like 9AM or 2:30PM but start at a specific minute like 9:57 or 2:03. You will trigger curiosity and the chance that your participants will be on time increases a lot.
Method 2: Mood Checkin'
Essence: you are using the arm as a lever in the gallery view. People can score themselves by elevating their arm to the position of their answer. Great tool to learn something about your audience and create group cohesion.
Method 3: Icebreakers
Essence: start with a short icebreaker to make people feel at ease. Best tip: go to google and type in 'Online icebreakers' + your topic and chances are big that somebody already collected some icebreakers that you can integrate in your own session. I will share 3 of my favourites in this episode.
Method 4: Let's poll
Essence: in almost every session (no matter the content), you can integrate a poll or questionnaire. Most conference tools have a 'poll' option or you can use some external poll-systems like: mentimer.com or kahoot.com
Method 4,5: Huh is he talking to me?
Essence: this is the fastest way (2 seconds) to get attention. Say the name of a participant. You even don't have to ask a specific question. Just mentioning a name will immediately bring back the attention of everyone (because they think you might ask them a question).
Method 5: Slide-O-Matic
Essence: make sure you vary with the way how you present certain information. You can share the slides (but then you lose the connection a bit with your audience) but maybe you can also have a few printed slides. Or you can use a flipchart. Or a real whiteboard. The trick is to switch several times during a presentation to keep the attention.
Method 6: Chat & Play
Essence: use the chatbox several times during a meeting or event. It's a very simple and fast way to have a two-way-communication.
Method 7: Movie Time
Essence: show a short video to have some variation in energy levels. You could use a short funny youtube movie to make sure that everybody is back with their attention for the serious part.
Method 8: Brainstorm
Essence: integrate a short brainstorming session in your meeting. You activate everybody and you might get some interesting ideas. The simple version is using a google drive document that you can share. If you want to go to next level, use a tool like miro.com or mural.co - they are developed for online brainstorming sessions.
Method 9: The Strange Object
Essence: integrate an object from a participant. A lot of people are working from their homes and they have access to a whole range of objects. If you can find a common object that you can relate to your own content, it can be used as a physical anchor for your content.
Method 10: the Lottery
Essence: everybody likes to have a chance to win something. wheelofnames.com is a great, simple tool to have your own lottery. Also a great way to decide who's the next volunteer.
Method 11: Post-it Mosaic
Essence: you ask participants to stick a post-it note on their camera which creates a whole mosaic of post-it notes if you are in the gallery view. The next step is giving a statement (if a participant removes the post-it note, (s)he agrees with the statement).
Method 12: Virtual Fish Bowl
Essence: this is a great method to dive deep. You ask everybody to go to the gallery view and put again a post-it note on the camera - except for 3 participants. These 3 participants are visible and will get all the attention and they can have a dialogue about the topic.
Method 12,5: Empower your people
Essence: use the break in a more functional way. Of course you want to give people time for a real break, to recharge their energy. And you could give a break of 15 minutes longer than normal and ask them to read an article, watch a TED movie or other action in the break time. They have freedom when they do the task and when everybody comes back you can quickly reflect on the learnings.
Method 13: the Musical Break
Essence: you put on some music during the break and when the music stops, that's the signal that you are going to start again.
Method 14: a picture is worth ...
Essence: you are going to play a mini version of pictionary but this time using the whiteboard where one of the participants draws the picture and the other people can guess what (s)he is drawing.
Method 15: the Art Gallery
Essence: every participant needs a piece of paper and a marker. Then you give the assignment to draw a picture / symbol / sketch of something related to your topic and after 2 or 3 minutes, everybody shows the picture in the gallery view. In that way you get a whole art gallery of drawings (great moment to make a screenshot).
Method 16: Virtual Speed Date
Essence: you are going to use the breakoutrooms (available in most conference tools like Zoom and MS Teams). It's a brilliant option to allow people to network or have a short conversation in subgroups. The breakoutrooms are even better than the real thing. It's very easy to organise all participants (even groups of 200-300 pax) within 10 seconds in small subgroups.
Method 17: the Network Auction
Essence: via a google document, participants can help each other with a certain challenge or question. Great if you have a mixed group of people and you want them to support each other. Detailed description for the real life version in the resources.
Method 18: the Question Platoon
Essence: It's a great exercise to explore the power of questions. You divide the group in subgroups of 4 people (via breakoutrooms). Person A starts and gets 30 seconds to explain the context and come up with a question. The other participants get 90 seconds to ask questions (the more the better).
Method 19: High Five Yeah
Essence: fun and playful method to bring in a lot of energy. Ask participants to go to the gallery view and give each other a high five via the borders of their camera's. Everybody will be in a different order which makes it quite fun.
Method 20: One Word Summary
Essence: Ask all the participants to summarize the session in 1 word and type this word in the chatbox.
Method 21: We need your CTA
Essence: always end a meeting or session with a CTA = Call to Action. What do you want that you audience will do with the knowledge that you've shared. Define a specific action.
Method 21,5: Q & Aaaaa
Essence: and the most logical interactive method that most people use. Q&A.
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