Today we’re going to start with tips on managing logistics for virtual workshops. These points have really helped us achieve a predictable interactive experience when conducting a virtual workshop for groups of 15 to 20 participants.
One of the most important logistics considerations is how many attendees will you have and where are they located?
Much like an in-person meeting, if you want an “interactive virtual” meeting, it works best with under 20 people. Above that number and your meeting dynamics change rapidly, and engagement is much more difficult to achieve.
The second big thing to think through is where everyone is located. Are they in highly connected locations with great bandwidth, or do you anticipate variability in internet speeds?
If you plan for the latter and select an integrated audio approach for your virtual workshop, we’ve found this to be most effective approach. What does an integrated audio approach mean?
- Those that have great bandwidth can use computer audio – it’s free, its simple and the sound quality is great.
- Those that have limited bandwidth call in using a traditional conference call number. Yes, the sound quality isn’t as good, but it is highly reliable in almost any country.
Most of today’s web conferencing solutions will support this approach.
If you haven’t organized or facilitated a virtual meeting before, start with your IT department to know what web conferencing solutions are already available to you.
A final note there are few essential pieces of equipment everyone will need: a webcam and great microphone or better yet, a headset. In the video above, you’ll see one of my new favorites – a bluetooth headset with 11-hours of talk time!
Be sure to check back regularly for more tips on leading and participating effectively in virtual workshops!
- Lesson 1: Managing Logistics for Virtual Workshops
- Lesson 2: Leading Virtual Meetings
- Lesson 3: Participating in Virtual Meetings
- Lesson 4: Monitoring the Chat Window in Virtual Meetings
- Lesson 5: Virtual-Friendly Meeting Agendas
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