Insights for Working Virtually

This blog is for anyone who communicates in-person or virtually in the business world.

This blog is for anyone who communicates in-person or virtually in the business world.

Virtual meetings are the New Normal! 3 things leaders must do now

Virtual meetings are the New Normal! 3 things leaders must do now

Everyone is trying to ensure business continuity in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means LOTS of virtual meetings focused on idea generation and problem solving to keep our projects and plans moving forward. But, many of you aren’t getting the best ideas to address the critical needs of your business out of your virtual meetings.

...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
275 Hits
0 Comments

Working Virtually due to COVID-19 Concerns? Here are 8 Tips to be Successful

Working Virtually due to COVID-19 Concerns? Here are 8 Tips to be Successful

While many of us enjoy the benefits of working from home all or some of the time, many of you are being forced to stay home due to the COVID-19 virus. Working virtually from a home office can provide benefits as well as challenges. Here are 8 tips I'll share to reap the benefits. Please add any other tips that you found helpful to the comments section of the blog!

...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
864 Hits
0 Comments

Don't Underestimate the Power of Brevity

Don't Underestimate the Power of Brevity

I was listening to an interview of writer and photographer Teju Cole by award winning broadcaster and journalist Krista Tippett, when I heard something that really captured my thoughts on the Power of Brevity. Cole mentioned that when the Nobel Prize was given to Swedish Poet Tomas Tranströmer, people hearing about him for the first time asked how his collected works of only some 250 odd pages could be worth the Nobel Prize. Cole said what they were missing was the fact that each of these pages was a searing of the consciousness that was only achieved at by great struggle that could best be compared to the great Japanese poets of haiku, like Kobayashi or Basho. Simply put, every word carries so much more than one word. As Mark Twain opined, “If I had more time, I would’ve made this shorter.”

...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent comment in this post
Guest — Kathleen Redd
I choose to be the sage! Well written, Vernon. My best...Kathleen
Wednesday, 13 March 2019 03:06
Continue reading
1200 Hits
1 Comment

Are more than 50% of your meetings virtual? Change your mindset.

Are more than 50% of your meetings virtual? Change your mindset.

If you drive to work every day, park in your parking space and take the elevator to the floor where your team and desk reside, you still can't hide from virtual. I'd wager that even when you are sitting with your team, you are on a few other collaboration teams where you meet virtually. I would also make a wager and say that more than 50% of your meetings are held virtually. As I travel and work with client’s teams, I'm consistently getting more and more questions about virtual meetings and collaboration. More specifically I get questions about leading virtual meetings, being a participant in virtual meetings and presenting virtually. Fortunately, I write about and have delivered a few webinars covering these topics.

...
Rate this blog entry:
Continue reading
2406 Hits
0 Comments
Featured

Attended a Bad Virtual Meeting? Not So Fast! You Have a Responsibility as a Participant

Attended a Bad Virtual Meeting? Not So Fast! You Have a Responsibility as a Participant

We Know There Are Bad Virtual Meetings
If I were to ask you to raise your hand if you have ever attended a bad virtual meeting, I'm certain that it would be a majority. If you've read my articles, you know that I harp on the importance of leaders taking responsibility to run an engaging virtual meeting that accomplishes the intended results. I still believe that the leader carries this responsibility to lead differently in the virtual workspace. What I also believe is that the participants of the meeting bear a responsibility as well. The next time you gripe about a bad meeting, I want you to ask yourself what you did to help make it better. Did you apply some self-leadership to help right the ship or did you let it sink while increasing your multi-tasking as you stayed on mute? It's that old adage, “If you aren't part of the solution, you are part of the problem.” As our workplace becomes increasingly more virtual, it will be up to all team members to contribute in making the virtual workplace experience valuable and productive. If participants of meetings fail to take responsibility for their experience, remote and virtual teams may begin to disappear along with the flexible lifestyle that they provide team members. The bottom line is that bad virtual meetings threaten the existence of virtual teams.

...
Rate this blog entry:
Recent comment in this post
Guest — Prasanta Shee
By diligently following above mentioned points, one can successfully conduct virtual meetings using tools like webex, R-HUB web co... Read More
Friday, 15 September 2017 06:37
Continue reading
4046 Hits
1 Comment