The pandemic has taught us, over and over, that virtual meetings and gatherings can actually be productive, rich with human connection. We’ve also learned that meaningful virtual connections are not certain. Rather it takes intention for it to be possible.
If you’ve followed us for any length of time, you know our mantra: Intention starts with purpose. (I know. We say it all the time, (specifically here and here), but it’s true. Really.)
Do you want a meaningful virtual meeting? Start with these tips:
1. Plan the time together with purpose.
2. Introduce everyone. Connection begins with knowing who’s in the virtual room. It’s a curtesy plus it provides everyone with valuable context for meeting expectations.
4. Slow down.
6. Know what to do after the meeting is done. Various feelings emerge during and after a gathering. We humans make meaning from feelings Some are positive like the feeling of a deepening relationship or a connection with another human, or productive -crossing off items from a list. While some feelings are curious or confusing.
It’s not hard to create meaning from virtual connections, but it does take time and intention. Follow up with purpose and you’ll be on your way to making your virtual meetings more meaningful and engaging.
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