Siobhan Mercer reflects on the insights and inspiration from an Ask Me Anything DigiShift session with the renowned Beth Kanter. The topics covered were virtual meetings, managing remote teams, and maintaining connection and wellbeing while social distancing.
It seems counter-intuitive, right? We’re all too crazy busy just now to stop for even a minute!
For over a hundred DigiListen attendees this mindful meditative pause was like a collective sigh of relief, a moment to breathe.
“I found the moment of quiet helpful”
“That may have been the only minute I have relaxed today!”
This special minute and the following insightful hour were provided by Beth Kanter, award-winning author and one of the most influential women in technology. We were very privileged to have Beth join us from California for our DigiListen Zoom call about virtual meetings and remote working.
Much as we all groan when the “icebreaker” word is mentioned in a meeting, as there are so many naff ones out there, a good icebreaker helps get us in the right frame of mind for the upcoming topic.
Beth’s first icebreaker was to ask what complaints we have about online meetings.
Beth asked everyone to hold their answer and press “send” at the same time. This instant act of so much scrolling text gave a good opportunity for Beth to remind us that if we do feel overwhelmed in a meeting, it is OK to look away, it is OK not to keep up with everything in today’s fast-moving world.
Despite this DigiShift having over a hundred participants, our similar answers showed that Online meetings have just four main problems.
Again, our answers were very similar
This is a great twist from Beth, as suddenly all the answers are positive.
This simple icebreaker
Beth reassured us that things will get better. Like so many things in life, all we need to do is simply learn from some best practices.
Beth gave us nine fantastic top tips with interactive fun examples. You’ll find details in the resources section.
One of Beth’s key points was have fun! Mandy Johnson of SketchNotes has captured that brilliantly in this fabulous summary!
This was the most fun meeting I've been in for weeks, up there with virtual team drinks and playing with masks/filters on chats with friends. Who would have thought a session on virtual meetings and remote teams could be anything but dry?
Beth closed with these wise words we should all keep reminding ourselves in the coming weeks.
Thank you Beth!