How can I begin a virtual meeting in a way that focuses and energizes the whole group?


A common "efficiency trap" is to go "straight to business" and skip introductions and small talk. There are some risks to this straightforward approach:

  1. I don't know how focused and alert the group is – is their mind elsewhere? Are they checking email or on the phone?
  2. Some attendees...
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The loudest decide – the rest follows? Not.

25.1.2016

It was a good meeting. We walked out of the room believing that we all agreed and the decision was clear. A few weeks later we found out that nothing had happened. People disagreed on what had been decided. Sounds familiar? People complain about bad meetings full of tension. What...

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Good Leadership Means Working Less

12.2.2016

For many managers and project leaders that I know, the idea of a quiet evening at home drinking beer on the sofa or a nice eight hours of uninterrupted sleep seems impossible. Personally, I can relate to this too. A lot of us know how it feels to sacrifice these luxuries in the...

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Root Cause Analysis as a Professional and Personal Tool

11.3.2016

Why do you go to work? Looking past kneejerk responses based on positive affirmations or politically correct ideas, what is at the end of it? I think that my reasons for working are to get money and social validation. Don’t get me wrong, working primarily for these reasons...

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Brainstorming is dead! Long live the Ideologue method!

29.4.2016

Pepe Nummi helped change the format of meetings and business leadership in Finland by becoming the country’s first certified professional facilitator. By teaching facilitative principles, Pepe and his colleagues at Grape People have helped bring understanding and agreement to...

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Get rid of poor, misunderstood ideas once and for all

31.5.2016

Ideas are powerful. A new idea can start a movement or be the beginning of a big change. But an idea alone is worthless; for an idea to cause meaningful change or actions, it needs to be understood and appreciated by others. The tools and techniques that are most commonly used in...

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All you need is judging, criticizing and stealing

13.9.2016

Traditional brainstorming methods share a serious problem; there is no chance to judge the content of another person’s ideas. No one wants to face criticism when they share an idea, but without a chance to criticize an idea, it is impossible to judge its content and tell a good...

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Nothing is perfect, not even Idealogue

24.10.2016

Nothing is perfect, not even a wonderful tool like Idealogue. If you have visited the website www.idealoguemethod.com or if you have been following this blog, you know all about the tool’s strengths. It creates group consensus, it gets people interacting and creating...

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The Two Secrets to Leading High-Performing Teams

28.2.2017

High performing teams; a holy grail of sorts for companies around the world.  They are often talked about and much time has been spent outlining how to create them, and how to manage them if one is so lucky to have such a team within their organization.  I say it is quite...

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Challenge Mapping – a powerful method for finding the right focus

4.4.2017

Issue: In a workshop, people go straight to business without a second thought about “why”

Most people underestimate the importance of the clarification stage.

It happens surprisingly often that innovation and development workshops begin with ideation. The facilitator...

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My Favourite Facilitation Tools – The Essential 6

19.5.2017

Just like a craftsman has his or her favourite clamps and cutters, I, as a facilitator, have my favourite tools for leading groups. Sure, the purpose of the meeting or the topic of a workshop comes first, and then the situation and type of the group. As the saying goes, ‘If...

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5 ways to make virtual meetings more engaging

26.6.2018

Do you run virtual meetings or training sessions often? Would you like to make those sessions more time efficient and more impactful? These tips might help, especially with larger groups (more than 6 attendees).

1. Start the meeting 5 minutes early

Start the meeting at 8:55 instead of...

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