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Inclusive Virtual Meetings

Meetings are the key place where collective collaboration happens, if we make our meetings inclusive, we make most of our collaboration inclusive.

Even before COVID-19 we spent an average of 2 days per week in meetings, today people tell us their diaries are full of meetings and nearly all of them are virtual.

Virtual meetings present some challenges in inclusivity but also bring some unique opportunities to change the way we involve, participate and engage and to break down traditional barriers to more inclusive ways of working.

Introverts and extraverts, different cultures, different genders, people from marginalised groups, and individuals working remotely all experience meetings differently and face their own challenges in participation. Nobody benefits from a meeting where individuals cannot be heard or participate in a way that works for them. Inclusive meetings are better for everyone.

Global Integration, authors of the book Kill Bad Meetings, have over 25 years of experience training people in virtual working and meetings effectiveness. We have developed a new interactive webinar-based program Inclusive Virtual Meetings  with practical guidance on attending and running more inclusive virtual meetings.

The webinar is based around 10 practical principles and techniques for managing power differences and creating inclusive participation in virtual meetings. We will demonstrate practical ways to apply these principles in your virtual meetings, using your preferred platform (MS Teams, Zoom, WebEx etc.).

The 10 principles – each supported by virtual meeting practices we will demonstrate.

  1. Engaging with differences
  2. Who talks last?
  3. Chat before you discuss
  4. Preferring probability over certainty
  5. Amplifying different voices
  6. Facilitate more than you present
  7. Depersonalizing dissent
  8. The dangers of consensus
  9. Being curious and warm online
  10. Managing equality of contribution

The program can be run for virtual meeting leaders or facilitators or with intact teams or meeting attendees.

If you are looking for practical and engaging ways to improve inclusivity in your team and organization, this is a timely and very relevant way to support your people.

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