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Virtual facilitation can be a useful tool in the L&D arsenal for training sessions that can be scalable and accessible to all. It requires a different set abilities to ensure that participants are engaged, connected and able to engage in productive discussions with their peers. This article examines ten fundamentals of stimulating virtual facilitation so that trainers are able to conduct online sessions.
In any workshop, the facilitator sets the atmosphere by demonstrating good communication and creating an environment that is productive. This means you must be careful not to make distracting noises, and make sure your camera is directed at the participant, and give positive feedback signals, such as smiling and nodding. Also, keep the conversation brief and clear. It is also essential to ensure that there is a balance between sharing information along with group discussion and interactive activities such as quick polls or experiential games. Encourage participants to engage in conversation during the course and use gaming response systems such as Kahoot to engage them.
Getting a read on how the group is feeling is essential in any meeting, but it’s particularly vital when facilitating remotely. Keep track of participants regularly to determine what they’re feeling and if there are any problems. You may want to add a new game to energize the group if energy levels start to decrease.
Using a platform such as SessionLab to design and plan your remote workshops can help you make sure that your sessions are efficient and fun even if you’re not in the same room as your participants! SessionLab is a great choice for online meetings and workshops. It offers a library that includes more than 1000 facilitation tools that are expertly designed, a set of fully-featured template and built-in tools to reduce distractions and cross-talk.