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 Openings Need to be Even More Compelling

Virtual Openings Need to be Even More Compelling

“Hello my name is ... and welcome to the Advanced Sales Techniques Workshop. Let’s take a look at what our objectives are today.” How many times have you heard this opening, whether it was for an "in-person" training or for a virtual presentation? While this one way to open a workshop, it’s not a compelling way to capture your audience.

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Strengths Based Coaching is the Best “Tune Up” for a Virtual Team

Strengths Based Coaching is the Best “Tune Up” for a Virtual Team

At our company, evoke, we moved to be a strictly virtual team in 2010. As a result, our mission is to help companies move toward a virtual environment in both training and collaboration. Just a few days ago, I returned from our most recent face-to-face team meeting. We recommend that you do these twice a year. However, for a number of "excuses" that I won't give, it had been 18 months since our last face-to-face ... and it showed. Sometimes "the cobblers' children go without shoes" and that's a lessoned learned for us!

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Prepare for the Unexpected when Training Virtually

Prepare for the Unexpected when Training Virtually

It's Monday morning and you know what that means? Your virtual platforms service provider did a system update, your phone bridge software installed a bug fix, and none of your workshop participants checked their computer system before the program. Sound familiar? It's what we call gremlins in the system!

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Are You Conducting a Lot of Virtual Meetings? Yes You Are!

Are You Conducting a Lot of Virtual Meetings? Yes You Are!

Recently I asked a group I was working with whether they had a lot of virtual meetings. The answers I got were mixed. Some said they were using screen-sharing tools, a few used more elaborate collaboration platforms, and others said no they weren't leading virtual meetings. Then I asked a different question. How many of you are on conference calls regularly? After a group groan, everyone's hand shot up.

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Pull the Plug on Idioms, Acronyms and Jargon

Pull the Plug on Idioms, Acronyms and Jargon

The first rule in presenting or speaking is to be clear. If you are not clear, I need you to put a sock in it. I don't mean to give you a taste of your own medicine and I don't have an axe to grind, but it's the last straw. We use far too many idioms (figures of speech), acronyms (abbreviations using initials) and jargon (vocabulary specific to a group) in our presentations and meetings. As our teams become more regional, national, global and virtual, speaking this way won't cut the mustard ... sorry ... won't provide enough clarity to be clearly understood.

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Guest — Kathie!
I absolutely agree!! The major global company I work for uses MANY acronyms even though our audiences are often new to the indust... Read More
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