We have all gone through this phase during the first lockdown about
how great it was to have our meetings virtually. But as time has
progressed, there seem to be virtual meetings for everything, even
though sometimes an email could have been sent instead. Then there
are follow up meetings that have been set up because the people who
make the decisions are not part of the conversation (just like back in
We also appear to have more distractions and are becoming more
disengaged sometimes called “Zoom Fatigue”.
So, we teamed up this week with the Knowledge and
Community Network that I co-host to try and find some solutions
to these problems. We were lucky to be able to have Richard Gold
of Bulbb host a webinar
on the Playful Principles for Productive, Inventive meetings.
Richard took elements from his experience with Lego Serious Play to
show us how they could be used with virtual meetings. You can watch
the full recording
Some key bits for me were very much about going back to the basics
about how to run a meeting.
I bet if you look back through you last few meetings and used this
simple template you would have missed so many of them.
- Connect / Check in
Another key tip for me was the ‘8-minute rule’. If
you are trying to keep people engaged in a meeting then they have to
do something every 8 minutes or so to keep them engaged.
It could be as simple as asking everyone to take a minute to think
about a question, breaking out into smaller groups etc.
One of the bests bits for me was that even though the webinar was
over 90 minutes long, it did not feel like it. It was fun, interactive
and the feedback from the other participants agreed and said the same thing.
There were so many tips and tricks that Richard shared that you could
take into your virtual meetings, so it’s well worth having a watch
back when you have time.