Remote Facilitation Magic: Things to do before a meeting to have better meetings

Me (Wendy): “Hey Bob, I’m done with Peter. You know, I’m quite proud of him that he’s using slack a lot more than emails nowadays. I think we’re rubbing off on him! 😉 “ Bob: “Hey Wendy, that’s good to hear! We are definitely changing Peter bit by bit! 😉 “ Me: “So, we talkedContinue reading Remote Facilitation Magic: Things to do before a meeting to have better meetings

Invest in the art of meeting invitations to have better meetings

Me (Wendy): “Hi Bob, I’m back. Last time, we mentioned I should structure the invitation first by laying down the outcome that we’d like to see achieved from the meeting, and what we need from whom (or what group of people). Also, we spell out the benefits of them participating in the meeting, in thatContinue reading Invest in the art of meeting invitations to have better meetings

Why Meeting Agendas are passé, and what you can do to improve them

Bob: “Hey Wendy, I’m back. Do you want to continue our previous discussion? I think we finished the first point I wanted to go over, which is who we need to invite to the meeting so that we achieve the purpose and the outcome. Is there anything else you want to add?” Me (Wendy): “Yes.Continue reading Why Meeting Agendas are passé, and what you can do to improve them

Saying No to FOMO – How to treat meetings with intentionality

Bob: “Hey Wendy, we have this facilitation training coming up. Do you want to collaborate to put it together?” Me (Wendy): “Sure. So, how do you want to start?” Bob: “Well, I think we should do exactly what we will tell people. Facilitation starts WAY before any meetings. So, let’s jot down what we doContinue reading “Saying No to FOMO – How to treat meetings with intentionality”

Facilitate Your Remote Control to Improve Your Meetings and Collaborations

Me (Wendy): “ARGH!!! Bob!!! HELP!!!” Bob: “Wendy, what’s wrong? Are you ok?” Me: “Yes, I’m fine. But people are piling meetings onto our calendars again!! As we agreed, I’m trying to come up with working agreements with the teams of when to have a meeting (synchronous), when not to (asynchronous), and what questions to ask.Continue reading “Facilitate Your Remote Control to Improve Your Meetings and Collaborations”

Evolve your meetings beyond agendas and action items to achieve better outcomes

So… I need to teach people about the different types of meetings and how to know what truly warrants a synchronous meeting. I’m going to ask Bob to help. Me: “Hey Bob, I need help in “teaching” people about what warrants a synchronous meeting, and what doesn’t, and what people need to do. Remember inContinue reading “Evolve your meetings beyond agendas and action items to achieve better outcomes”

How to recognize different meeting types to increase your productivity?

“ssssscrape, knock-knock-knock“ I got a Slack message from Peter again!  Peter: “Hey Wendy, do you have time to continue our discussion from last time about the 4 types of meetings?” Me (Wendy): “Sure. Remember last time I told you I had to run? I met with Bob and we brainstormed for the next product iteration.”Continue reading “How to recognize different meeting types to increase your productivity?”

Replacing meetings to gain more time on your calendar to be productive

“ssssscrape, knock-knock-knock“ I got a Slack message from Peter! Wow! I think I’m changing him 😉 Peter: “Hey Wendy, I noticed that you have been rethinking how we do things around here instead of just finding time on our calendars. Are you on a mission to eliminate meetings?” Me (Wendy): “Hey Peter, nice to seeContinue reading “Replacing meetings to gain more time on your calendar to be productive”

What other meetings can we remove? What else can we cut from our calendars?

Bob and I have another brainstorm as we continue our quest to eliminate meetings on our calendars. “Hey Bob, we did great in eliminating status and informational meetings. Maybe we can teach people we don’t need a meeting when sharing or gathering information. We can do that asynchronously. For example, we can use Slack orContinue reading “What other meetings can we remove? What else can we cut from our calendars?”

Do we have to do a video call? Aren’t there better ways to do things? (Part 2)

Me (Wendy): “Hey Bob, now that we got rid of that meeting with Peter, I think we can get rid of other meetings from our calendars.” Bob: “I’m all ears!” Me: “How about the Tuesday weekly status meeting that takes forever? Most people just sit there. Only a few ask questions. What if we cancelContinue reading “Do we have to do a video call? Aren’t there better ways to do things? (Part 2)”