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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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Virtual Meetings Series: The Basics, Group Dynamics and Advanced Skills

Virtual collaboration and meetings have taken center stage. Many organizations are operating fully remotely for the first time in history, making virtual meeting skills a critical need. In order to help as many organizations adapt as quickly as possible, we have created a new 3 course series.

Whether you take just the basics (Virtual Meetings 101), or need the full program, these three half-day modules provide you tools you can use right away for running highly effective virtual meetings.

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The Facilitative Consultant: Virtual Edition

Are you an internal or external consultant, or do you use a consultative style in your work? The Facilitative Consultant is a dynamic, interactive course that builds critical skills by using a highly-interactive case study approach. This course outlines a comprehensive framework for all stages of the consulting process from defining client needs to running a project to reviewing results. The Facilitative Consultant focuses on relationship management, allowing you to increase your credibility and trust with clients, enhance your communication effectiveness and better manage expectations. This team-based course offers you the opportunity to solve a real-life client problem by applying your new skills.

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The Engaging Trainer: Virtual Edition

Facilitating Impactful Learning (formerly Facilitation Skills for Trainers)- 3 days | Designed for trainers and instructors, this three-day course equips you with a full toolbox of strategies for engaging participants in dynamic and interactive training segments. Trainers and instructors will be able to design and employ an approach that engages ANY audience and makes training really stick. Special Feature: Bring a module from your own class to get feedback and recommendations for transforming it using the techniques from The Engaging Trainer! (can be done in shorter customized versions)

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From Classroom to Virtual

The world of training is shifting. Where people gather to learn will be different but HOW humans learn is still the same.  The brain still needs accessible content delivered in a safe engaging environment.  This webinar highlights proven strategies for bringing the BEST of the classroom experience to the virtual environment and how to leverage the unique advantages for learners and trainers available in this advancing space.

This is not a new idea for us.

The world has been “dabbling” in the virtual space for a decade. Early attempts produced some great experiences and many more “not-so-great” ones that have given “virtual” a bad name.  Now it is time to get serious, stop dabbling, and commit to mastering the tools, techniques and strategies that facilitate meaningful development and performance improvement in our modern training landscape. We can get you there.

Questions we can answer:

  • How do you keep people from doing email and “stuff”?
  • What if the participants need to ask questions?
  • How will I know they are getting it?
  • What should I look for when choosing a virtual training platform?

Do you have to be a tech genius to “drive that thing”?

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The Facilitative Leader: Virtual Edition

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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The Zoom+ Approach

While Zoom includes several features for engagement, such a polls, chats, whiteboards and breakout groups, few people actually use them, and even fewer know how to couple Zoom with advanced-level engagement strategies. In Zoom+ you will learn to maximize the use of these features PLUS you will walk away with over a dozen other techniques used by the engagement experts at Leadership Strategies.

In Zoom+, you won’t just learn what to do, or just see how to do it, you will actually do it. You will walk out of this class confident that you can make your next Zoom session buzz with engagement and excitement. Why? Because you will have done it in the class and experience it yourself. Our interactive approach provides participants with opportunities to experience the power of engaging sessions and to replicate it themselves.

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What others are saying

Silvia T.

Program Manager – Incident Manager Training & Development, CDC

“The Leadership Strategies team has put their creative hats on to combat Zoom fatigue. Every faculty member has brought something new, which has added to our virtual curriculum.”

Mike B.

Director of Product Management, Fortune 100 Insurance Company

“The virtual facilitation training course was everything I hoped it would be, and the timing couldn’t have been better. If this is the new normal for online meetings, then this is the course you need to help you leverage all the new meeting technology out there!”

Nicky R.

Vice President for Global Compensation and Benefits, Quintiles Transnational Corp

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

Rob B.

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 F.

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 H.

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 A.

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 P.

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. C.

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 M.

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.”

Eileen T.

K CIV USARMY CESPL (US)

“There was so much good stuff I could integrate, where do I begin? I’m in the process of migrating a two day conference to be 100% virtual so you provided immediate takeaways and answers to some of my questions. THANK YOU!! I recommend your course and webinars broadly.”

Jasmine T.

Assistant Executive Director, Sunrise Children

“This is my very first course in facilitation and it has exceeded my expectations. The thoughtful and comprehensive way you have codified the practice has given me a framework to understand why I do some of the things I do. I lead monthly management training for about 40 of our agency’s leaders and I cannot wait to put all of my new skills into play!”

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