Why you should treat your Zoom calls ‘like a date’

Making the best if Zoom calls

If you’ve been a top-flight sports broadcaster for ten years, a little thing like a Zoom video conference shouldn’t be a problem. And so it proved, when Doug MacLean was guest speaker at a Canadian Association of Professional Speakers event this week. Doug (pictured) shared tips and told stories for 90 minutes, even though it …

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Tips to boost engagement during virtual sessions

tips to facilitate virtual sessions

By Gerard Murphy, President, Barefoot Facilitation Inc. What if people left your virtual sessions celebrating the outstanding experience they’ve just had?  That would be amazing, right? I’ve attended countless virtual events since the Covid-19 pandemic began.  There have been many that I’ve enjoyed.  But there’s been a few where I’ve slipped away quietly because I was bored and …

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Why nation’s Covid-19 message fails its people

why 'stay alert' messaging fails

It’s surely no coincidence that two of the governments having most difficulty bringing Covid-19 infections under control are governments with disastrous communications strategies. Both the UK and the US governments were slow off the mark, and both struggled to find a message that resonated with citizens. After an initial period of denial, the US government …

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Creativity blossoms amid Covid crisis

Quinn's creativity helps health workers

Creativity is a silver lining during this dreadful pandemic. Just look at the impromptu musical performances from balconies in Italy and France, or the speed with which virtual concerts were put together to support front line workers, or the Zoom-coordinated ballet performances, or kids and parents (and pets) starring in home-made videos. And that creativity …

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Hope is not a strategy: time to plan for new ‘normal’

Planning for life post-Covid

How are you adapting your business life to Covid-19? Are you thriving? Or surviving? Life in lockdown is giving us all time to think. As you plan how your business model will look, post-Covid, I want to share some ideas from a recent Zoom meeting of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers. I had the …

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Are you as safe as you could be in your virtual world?

Just a few months ago, as we said farewell to 2019, no-one had any idea we were in for such turmoil, both personal and professional. No-one foresaw the shift to WFM – working-from-home – that the Covid-19 pandemic would cause. As infections increased exponentially, so did our adoption of web meeting apps, like Zoom, Webex, GoToMeeting …

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Lessons for all from Canada’s first virtual Parliament

Video meeting lessons from Canada's MPs

They sat in their kitchens, in their living rooms, in their offices. They sat in front of provincial flags, or Canadian flags, or a loaded bookcase, or an empty bookcase, or a stone fireplace, or a glorious picture of a mass of multi-coloured turbans. It was the first meeting of Canada’s virtual Parliament, with MPs …

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Try the ‘bird’s tail’ on your next virtual meeting

tip for virtual meetings

We’re really happy to share a quick tip for leading virtual meetings that we saw on LinkedIn recently. This tip will appeal to anyone who is keen to maintain eye contact with remote participants, but needs to refer to notes to avoid straying from the planned structure or missing key points. It comes from author …

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