The virtual realm is hosting such a wide variety of conversations today. From coaching to mentoring to performance management and leadership conversations. Now that creates opportunity but it also creates some interesting nuances for those of us stepping into this work. What are the skills which support a great virtual conversation.
In my latest book, Effective Virtual Conversations, I highlight eight skill areas will put you in the arena or the neighborhood of more masterful virtual conversations. Like anything we need to practice these skills. It’s like a muscle – if we are not using them, it’s easy to lose the skills.
Over the next month or two I’ll be exploring some of the many skills housed in these eight areas. For more on this you may want to check out my January 2018 Community Call, as well as Chapter 3 of Effective Virtual Conversations where I explore these skills more in-depth.
As you step into the new year think about what opportunities you have to keep these skills alive and growing. Just like any skill set, we get better with practice – more fluid in working the technology, more confident in “asking the right question” (although is the ever one right question?).
The skills of a masterful virtual facilitator range from communication, to technical skills to process skills. Today’s blog post is going to explore one area – that being Creating the Context. I liken a great virtual facilitator to being a great host – welcoming people into the conversation. One of the first questions we want to be asking is “how do we create a safe and engaging conversations space?: Some of the key elements are that we need to have trust, safety and connection.
Creating shared expectations is another part of creating the context and the space for a great virtual conversation. Why are we here? What’s important for us to explore in this conversation? What are we wanting to achieve as an outcome from this?
Another piece of creating the context is Managing the Process. What approaches and tools does the virtual facilitator have to keep the conversation “on track”? To help the group make decisions? To help the team create an action plan.
In creating the context for a virtual conversation, virtual facilitators will want to think about questions like:
Next week, I’ll be back to explore different communication skills masterful virtual facilitators bring.
Have a great week,
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