Whether it's a virtual team meeting or an interactive webinar, connecting people early in your virtual events can make a big difference, signalling that something "out of the ordinary" might lay ahead. This is key given the default "Death by Conference Call" mode many virtual listeners slip into as the calls sarts.
Here are 10 quick warm-up ideas to get your next virtual session moving a little differently.
#1 - Get people to locate on a map where they are calling in from.
#2 - Create a word puzzle for people to engage with
#3 - Show some trivia and have people guess the answer (or the source)
#4 - Create a video about the topic you are speaking about. This month at the Learning Lab and Design Studio (an annual program I run for learning professionals of all kinds - facilitators, coaches, and leaders) we're exploring video based learning, and group members are actually going to create their own videos in our next call.
#5 - Create a quiz
#6 - Show a brain twister or spot the difference
#7 - Have a question or prompt on the screen which people can engage with or reflect on
#8 - Get people to mindmap all their ideas about the topic
#9 - Share a photo related to the topic
#10 - Have a quick list of books, podcast or videos on the topic
What will help you start your next call off a little differently so that people know that it's not going to be "Death by Conference call".
Please share your ideas in the comments below.
Jennifer Britton, MES, PCC, CPT
Author of several books including: PlanDoTrack (2019), Effective Virtual Conversations (2017), Effective Group Coaching (2010)
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