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Welcome to the April 2020 EVC newsletter!

Welcome back to the April 2020 Effective Virtual Conversations (EVC) newsletter. First,  I hope that this email finds you and your loved ones healthy and doing well. All of us have been touched in the last month by the pandemic

While last month's focus was all about getting up to speed quickly and leaning into the habits of exceptional virtual facilitators, this month I wanted to take us into making your own calls ACTIONABLE. 

Earlier this week I attended several sessions on remote work led by some of the tech sector. No surprise recent surveys (i.e. in the last 5 weeks) have found one of the major business challenges to be TOO MANY MEETINGS! With this in mind, I've turned attention back to making your calls memorable, and making sure meetings are the best thing.

Over at the Remote Pathways podcast recent episodes have focused on strengths, getting up to speed quickly, and also mentoring in the remote space, I hope you'll take a few minutes to listen in and perhaps subscribe to this new bi-weekly podcast. Our next episode will focus on CONFLICT in the remote space.

Enjoyed Effective Virtual Conversations as a book and want to learn more about virtual facilitation. Join me this spring for one day and five week offerings of the Virtual Facilitation Essentials program. This 8.5 CCE program helps you build your virtual toolkit and explores what makes virtual conversations MEMORABLE and IMPACTFUL. Participants lead short practice sessions and get feedback on their skills, as well. Next one day programs April 29th (3 spots open), and May 6th (6 spots open), or jump in the five week Monday afternoon session running from May 4 to June.

As part of my way of sharing, I've started a daily author reading from Effective Virtual Conversations. You'll find these short 5-7 minute readings over at the site - starting with Day 1 and page 1. We're now about 55 pages into the book. Enjoy and please share with others, especially those who might not be able to get a copy of the book themselves.

I hope that you will find these materials useful, and turn to us to help you make the transition to exceptional virtual conversations, whether it is for you or your organization.

If you haven't checked out recent calls, do check out the following videos:

Strengths In Focus - Virtually: Community Call with Jennifer Britton 4 6 20
Strengths In Focus - Virtually: Community Call with Jennifer Britton 4 6 20

Remote Work and Teamwork Myths - Community Call April 20 2020
Remote Work and Teamwork Myths - Community Call April 20 2020

For those that work virtually, the latest episode (#11) of the Remote Pathways Podcast is now live. We explore Getting up to Speed Quickly in the Remote Space. Other recent episodes explored mentoring, Working From Anywhere and and Systems for remote work. Listen in here. Also be sure to check out each episodes download.

I hope that you will continue to find my monthly newsletter a useful resource to refer to. Drop me an email and let me know what your biggest question is around visual design for virtual calls and I'll highlight the response in a future newsletter! Hit send now and let me know what your question is.

For those that are more focused on remote, visit the new RemotePathways Instagram feed.
If you are on Facebook, connect with our growing community @ RemotePathways Facebok.

In this month's newsletter you'll find:
  • This month's article on better meetings
  • Links to the EVC community calls and recordings including 6 Things new remote wokrers need and the 2020 Refresh on Making it Visual
  • Link to a video highlighting what we cover in the Virtual Facilitation Essentials program - View it here.
Resources To Support You In Your Work

Check out the Daily Effective Virtual Conversations Reading at the EVC blog. They are released every week day and run for 5-7 minutes. Listen here.

Recent blog post - Teams365 2304 - Remote Enablers in Focus. Read it here.
Video - Explore more than 6 ways to work with VISUALS in the 2020 Refresh of the Working with VIsuals Video. 25 minutes. View it here. 
6 Things New Remote Workers Need -  
Doing your best work, when working remote -  View it here (30 min) 
No person is an island - What about Collaboration in the Remote Space? View this 30 minute call here.
Every Monday at the Teams365 blog I post an Effective Virtual Conversations tip. This week we're at Tip #141 - A Remote Enabler - IS/IS NOT. Read it here. Check out my weekly EVC tips at the Teams365 blog.  

The Effective Virtual Conversations Playlist of some of the past calls including the 5 Virtual Team Builders - View it here on YouTube.  
Don't forget to download the templates that accompany the book - If you have your own copy of Effective Virtual Con versations you'll find the code on page x (yes that's x) of the book!

Save the Dates! 
Join us - Community Calls are now being held twice a month, next ones coming up Monday May 4 at 11 am ET - Mantras of Virtual Work, PRograms and LEarning
Monday May 11 at 11 am ET - Virtual Meetings for Results and Action

 Both calls from 11 - 11:30 am ET in my zoom room (270-302-0415). These are complimentary and DO NOT require a sign up.
Also earmark Thursday May 7 at 7 am for the next Remote Pathways Community Call. Bring your favorite breakfast beverage and join us to discuss conflict in the remote space. Also held in zoom room 270-302-0415

Build Your Toolkit of Virtual Approaches (Wed April 29 or May 6 or throughout May on Mondays)
In terms of paid programming, join us (registration links below) 
Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum -10 CCEs (including 9.25 hours of core competencies): Mondays 3 - 4 15 pm ET: Monday May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, and 15. Take a deeper dive around the best practices, habits and processes of group and team coaching. Also get a chance to lead a 30 minute call, with feedback opportunities on your skills.  Cost: $525 US. CCE with ICF 3 spots open. Learn more and Register.
  Virtual Facilitation Essentials (8.5 CCEs)

One Day Wednesday Session - April 29 or May 6  
OR 5 weeks - Mondays 130 - 245 pm Eastern): May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1 - Want to boost your toolkit for leading and designing live virtual calls? Join us for the Virtual Facilitation Essentials where over the course of 5 weeks (or 1 day) you will get exposure to, and practice with, many different approaches to virtual call engagement. It's a program that will support you in building your skills and building out your programming whether it is virtual group coaching, a webinar, a virtual retreat or virtual team building program. Cost: $475 US. 3 spots open for April 29, 4 spots for May 6, 3 spots for May 4. Click and reserve your spot. You can also use the links below to register.

M entor Coaching Group - Spring/Summer 2020 (10 Hours for ACC/PCC): Mondays 12 - 1 pm Eastern: April 27 or May 4th start - end of July/early August, Group Calls: April 27, May 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15, July 27. If this is your year to renew your ACC, please consider joining us! One installment and three monthly installment payment options $1100 US. Click here to grab one of the remaining spots


Article:  Better Meetings - 6 Things you can to right now
Unfortunately bad meetings and bad meeting etiquette have followed most of us to the virtual space. Consider these five areas to make the most of your meeting

Consider these areas:

#1 - What do people ABSOLUTELY have to do before they join the meeting? Be very clear with any pre-work, input or reading/viewing that needs to happen, including a TIME FRAME. 

# 2 - Who REALLY needs to be there? Many of us get pulled into meetings like a VORTEX. Who absolutely needs to be at the meeting to have input, make decisions etc?

#3 - Is a meeting REALLY what's needed? We often defer to large meetings as the best way. Could this be covered in a different way - i.e. a short video you put out if it's information, or something people can schedule and read.

#4 - Is it the best time of day? Consider your team and what they are juggling at the moment. The more traditional times of day (i.e. breakfast, lunch) may not necessarily be the best times for people to be meeting at the moment. 

#5 - Be clear with next steps and accountabilities:  Another big pitfall is not clearly confirming what agreements and accountabilities are. Have you confirmed and summarized what next steps are? Are you building in time at the start of the next meeting to check in or ensure that you have a running dashboard or reporting structure. This may be a role you want to assign in the meeting - not a note taker but a person who is noting accountabilities, action steps and who is doing it. This 

#6 - Leave time for the group to be able to note what steps they need to take and what's next for them. We've all been there - we move from one meeting to the next so unless we leave a pause to note down next steps, accountabilities, we may forget when we next surface for a break.

#7  Consider making a habit of wrapping up the meeting at the 50 minute mark or 25 minute mark so people can make it on time for their next meeting, with a little time to spare to shift gears and have a bio break.

For more on this topic, check out a recent article on Keeping Your Virtual Meetings on TRACK.

FILL your DIGITAL toolkit with these DIGITAL LICENSES:

What are the different doorways you could enter with this work?
From innovation, to change to teamwork and goals - virtual conversations take us many places.
Looking for a resource to move your thinking forward? A reminder that you can find facilitated instructions for leading conversations around 40 different topics such as innovation, change, teamwork, goals, habits  using VISUAL CARDS in the 40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards e-book.  It's just $40 US. Pick up a copy and download right away.

Looking for images to use? Consider picking up the Digital Bundle of the Conversation Sparker Cards - 75 images (including some bonus ones)  from the original Conversation Sparker Deck and 52 Question Cards from the Teams365 deck - $85 US. Digital Download.

You might also add the Digital Journaling Conversation Sparker Cards set on as well (Seen below) -$35 US. Grab your digital jpgs here. 

Upcoming programs to support you with your own virtual programming:
Reserve your spot in these upcoming programs:

Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum - 10 CCEs: Mondays 3 - 415 pm ET: May 4, 11, 18, June 1, 8, 15. Looking to deepen your skills and confidence around group AND team coaching? Join us for the Advanced Practicum where you will lead a session with us and get feedback on your skills. Ideal for Essentials alumni who want to take a deeper dive into the practices of team and group coaching. $525 US


Group Coaching Essentials - Looking to add group coaching to your mix? The Group Coaching Essentials program provides you with an overview of the best practices around deigning, marketing and implementing group coaching (for corporate and public groups, in person and virtual). Calls will be held on Fridays 1015 - 1130 am ET: April 24, May 1, 8, 15, 22, 2020. $450 US

Virtual Facilitation Essentials - Take your virtual calls to the next level by getting the foundations of best practices around design and marketing of virtual sessions of all kinds  (virtual sessions, webinars, online and video-based programs) . 8.5 CCEs with the ICF. The May session will be held on Mondays from 130 - 245 pm ET - May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 Cost: $475 US. More info here or use this link to register.

You can also attend in a one day format - Wednesday April 29 - 9 -430 pm Eastern/Toronto:

Mentor Coaching Group (for ACC/PCC) - Mondays 12 - 1pm ET: April 27 - July 27 - calls on April 27, May 11, 18 June 1, 8, 15 and July 27. Meets ICF requirements for ACC and PCC certification. 10 hours. Cost $1100 US - payable in one or three installments. Use this link to pay your first of 3 monthly installments of $367 US:
Questions? Please email me or call me at (416)996-8326

If you know of others who might also benefit from this newsletter, please forward using the link below. Thank you!
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Part workbook, part planner, these resources will provide you with tools and resources to learn more about yourself, AND PLAN for your work - whether you are a Coach (CBB) or a virtual and remote worker (PDT)

Best wishes,

Jennifer Britton
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Author of Effective Group Coaching, From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching and Effective Virtual Conversations 
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