Surviving the New Reality: Adapting to a Virtual World

In today’s remote work culture, having the skills and ability to effectively collaborate in a virtual environment is essential

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We’re the experts in virtual facilitation and training. Explore below:

Virtual Skills in Running Meetings

Great virtual meetings are engaging and productive.

Whenever people participate in an online meeting, the odds are pretty good that they are going to try to multitask. Those odds increase when they feel bored or disengaged. Virtual meetings rely heavily on the leader’s ability to create an environment that keeps the participants focused and on track.

Despite geographic dispersion, the virtual meeting leader must find a way to get the participants excited, keep everyone engaged, gather and document the critical information, build consensus, manage dysfunction, keep the energy high, and close with a clear understanding of the steps to take once the meeting ends.

Our highly interactive course, Facilitating Masterful Meetings: Virtual Edition, will help you dramatically improve the quality of your online meetings. Attendees will learn:

  • How to eliminate unnecessary meetings
  • The most important component of a meeting
  • How to determine the right participants
  • Strategies for developing a results-driven agenda
  • Techniques for starting meetings on time with everyone present
  • How to effectively deal with dysfunctional behavior
  • Methods for increasing productivity and the efficient use of time
  • How to keep meetings on track and focused
  • Techniques for bringing groups to consensus
  • How to close the session with clarity and commitment

If you’re looking to level up your skills in virtual meeting facilitation, look no further.

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Virtual Facilitators for your Session

Achieve the results you need – even in a virtual environment.

At Leadership Strategies, we understand not everyone has the skills to run an effective virtual session. And with virtual meetings on the rise, not everyone has the time to learn. Partnering with one of our skilled virtual facilitators is the most efficient way to ensure you can focus on the outcome of your meeting or session, instead of worrying about how it’s conducted.

We have the virtual expertise to:

  • Facilitate large or small group meetings
  • Conduct a strategic planning session
  • Resolve an issue or bring a group to consensus
  • Moderate focus group input
  • Hold a successful business partnering session

We use a focused process accompanied by proven engagement strategies to optimize group dynamics and help you maximize your results. If you have an important meeting or session coming up that has to be virtual, we’re the solution.

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Virtual Conference Facilitation

Remote conference attendees should feel as if they’re in the room.

As the number of online conferences and trade shows continues to rise, so has the demand of a quality experience for virtual attendees.

Our skilled virtual facilitators can help you:

  • Adapt or convert your face-to-face conference sessions to a virtual platform
  • Moderate sessions and meetings remotely
  • Adjust the schedule to include remote networking opportunities
  • Prepare presenters for the challenges of speaking to online participants
  • Keep engagement high for online attendees
  • And more!

If you need to execute your next event with remote attendees in mind, we have the expertise to help you achieve your goals.

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Virtual Training for your Team

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The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Edition

Our flagship course, The Effective Facilitator covers the 10 principles of facilitation, more than 100 techniques, and includes 6 exercises culminating a videotaped practice session.

Topics include how to:

  • Motivate a group
  • Build consensus
  • Manage dysfunction
  • Maintain group focus
  • Generate ownership
  • Inspire people to action

This 3 day class is offered completely virtually and teaches technuqies for both in person and virtual sessions.

*PMI Registered Education Provider (R.E.P.) Activity: Up to 24 PDUs

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Facilitating Masterful Meetings: Virtual Edition

This convenient, 1.5-day course is designed to help you improve your daily meetings with smart (and practical) meeting facilitation skills and techniques. This course also expands on how to create a meeting “revolution” inside your organization to help others stop the common problems perpetuated in most meetings: late starts, misuse of time, discussions without purpose, and group dysfunction – all culprits of wasted resources and money. You will walk away with a transformed vision of effective meetings plus the necessary tools to equip you in your everyday meetings.

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The Facilitative Leader

The Facilitative Leader is for individuals who want to improve their leadership skills and move to the next level in their organization. Create an action plan that uses facilitation principles to engage and inspire others to drive results. The course can be done consecutively in 3-4 days, in ½ day modules listed below, and can even be delivered virtually in 2-hour segments over time. You can select all or just a few, depending on your needs:

  • The 3 Levels of Leadership
  • Facilitating Communication
  • Facilitating and Coaching others
  • Facilitation Success in Your Team
  • Facilitating Consensus
  • Strategic planning and thinking
  • Leading Masterful Meetings 1
  • Leading Masterful Meetings 2

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The Effective Facilitator: Virtual Link

This online, instructor-led course takes participants through each of the 10 principles covered in The Effective Facilitator with instruction on how to apply the skills virtually. The tools and techniques are adapted to the virtual environment, making remote meetings just as successful and productive as face-to-face.

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What others are saying

Nicky Rousseau

Vice President for Global Compensation and Benefits, Quintiles Transnational Corp

“Can I give 6+ out of 5? You guys have redefined excellence!”

Rob Banks

Chief Operating Officer, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library

“The training from Leadership Strategies has given our staff practical skills for running effective meetings. More importantly, it provided insight for making decisions and leading a group.”

Jack Farris

Project Apollo Lead, Tenth and Blake, a Division of MillerCoors

“This training was by far one of the best uses of my time – highly engaging! As a result of this training, I’ve been able to build higher levels of trust and more value in my client relationships. Additionally, over 70% of participants in our workshops have rated us as either 9 or 10 in terms of facilitation.”

Anne Holland

Director of Special Projects, Mary Baldwin University

“All I can say is Wow and Thank you! I have never come away from a meeting that was so powerful and energizing. You made us think and get out of our inward thinking and think ‘outside of the box’ in so many ways.”

Nancy Alexander

MBA – Consultant, Nancy Alexander Consulting

“It gave me tools and techniques, and I think, most of all, a real sense of confidence… A lot of what being a facilitator is about is managing the content and the process at the same time.”

Emma Petke

Information Technology and Strategic Performance Intern, WSSC Water

“I feel like I have gained valuable skills which will last a lifetime, and feel much more confident in my facilitation abilities- the day after my training I was able to use the techniques taught to nail a high stakes presentation I had been worrying about for weeks.”

Alysia A. Cook

Principal, Opportunity Strategies LLC

Y’all gave me the foundation to be an effective facilitator (no pun intended!) way back in 1998 or 1999 and now I own a successful consulting firm facilitating for Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Organizations and other nonprofits across the country.”

Pat Mooney

PMP, PMI ACP, ITIL Foundations, Project Manager at ViON Corporation

“It has been 20+ years since I was officially facilitating meetings. (The Effective Facilitator) course is excellent and a much needed refresher for me. The course material was spot on, the presentation was excellent and the practices / exercises were managed very well. I would strongly recommend this course to anyone interested in learning or refreshing their facilitation techniques to be able to better run meetings.”

Customer Stories

Sinead Condon and Kevin Mackie of CA Technologies

They discuss the tremendous impacts on agility, innovation, and success that taking a facilitative approach to leadership provides.

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