How to hold work meetings and events that connect people — even online - Deepstash
Clarify the purpose of your virtual gathering

Don't assume your virtual gathering shares the same goal as the canceled in-person one. Keep these questions in mind:

  • What is the most important need now for this group right...

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How to hold work meetings and events that connect people — even online

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Use everyone's environment to fill the lack of context of virtual gatherings.

A room and location often set the context for the group. And virtual gatherings lack the context...

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Regardless of the size of the gathering, know who's in charge.

A good host knows how to use the mute button, can orient her guests to the gathering's purpose, and will co...

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Don't just get straight into the meeting. A consistent opening ritual connects people, establishes who's in the room, and their relevance to the meeting.

Invite people to bri...

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We can now share things instantly. Share a relevant article, video, or agenda that orients people to the new purpose of the meeting.

Send a digital gift at the end of the gat...

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The home is also an office, for now. We need moments of home-life to remind the group that everyone has multiple things going on in their lives, like a cat that can't resist saying hello or...

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People are more likely to remember different moments of an event when they occur in other places.

Even breaking up your virtual meeting sessions by just changing ca...

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Keep some time for celebration if that would have been part of your in-person gathering.

Invite people to bring a drink of choice. Screen-share cellphone numbers (with perm...

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These are strange times - acknowledge that, but don't retreat. Be creative and continue to use the opportunities with the digital tools that previous generations did not have.

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