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Welcome to the May 2019 EVC newsletter!
Welcome back to the May 2019 Effective Virtual Conversations newsletter!

How are you getting asked to lead more virtual sessions? What's helping them stand out.

My guest article for the Coaching Tools Company this month is entitled "Expand Your Virtual Toolkit: 8 Ways for You to Create a WOW Virtual Call". Check out these quick, implementable tips to help your next webinar, conference call or virtual group coaching session stand out in this article.

This month's EVC community call focused on 6 Keys for Engagement. I pulled it from Chapter 6 of Effective Virtual Conversations. Be sure to check it out.

Looking to jazz up your own virtual events? The next Virtual Facilitation Essentials program (8.5 CCEs) will start on June 3rd on Mondays 1:30 - 2:45 pm Eastern with calls on Monday June 3, 10, 17, 24, and July 8th.  Reserve your spot here.
Over the five weeks of the program we'll be exploring skills, practices and supports for creating your own WOW virtual programming. More info and registration below.

In this month's newsletter you'll find:
  • This month's article on three ways to create more visual anchors - and to redesign your slides
  • Links to the EVC community calls and recordings including 5 Virtual Team Builders and this month's call on 6 Keys for Virtual Engagement. View them here.
 
Resources To Support You In Your Work
 
Join me at the Conversation Sparker Zone - a online community space where you can explore topics related to virtual conversations, team development, coaching and business development. Sign up and join us here.


Effective Virtual Conversations: 6 Keys to Virtual Call Engagement (May 13, 2019)
Effective Virtual Conversations: 6 Keys to Virtual Call Engagement (May 13, 2019)
 
My April article for the Coaching Tools Company focused on Leadership Coaching - 11 Areas to Explore. Read it here
 
Check out the March 2019 Coaching Tools Company article - Creating a Pause for Clients During Quarterly Reviews or Retreats. Read it here.  
 
Every Monday at the Teams365 blog I post an Effective Virtual Conversations tip. . Check out my weekly EVC tips at the Teams365 blog.   
 
   
The Effective Virtual Conversations Playlist of some of the past calls including Making Virtual Learning Stick (View it here) AND 5 Virtual Team Builders - 
 
Don't forget to download the templates that accompany the book - If you have your  own copy of Effective Virtual Conversations you'll find the code on page x (y es that's x) of the book!  The worksheet to the right is the Six Keys for Engagement worksheet from Chapter 6.




 

Article:  Visual Anchors for Engagement and Retention: 3 Ideas
Over the last few years I have spoken a lot about the importance of "visual anchors" in creating greater impact, focus and retention. These are all key issues for relationships, results and business success. Several studies are finding that retention, or what we recall, in the digital age is shrinking.

What can we do to create more memorable calls? Consider enhancing the visual anchors in your sessions. Here are 3 ideas:

1. Incorporating more impactful visuals. We are in a visual Instagram era and our phones provide a wonderful vehicle for building our own stock imagery. Take a look at some of the photos I've captured on Instagram through my JennBritton (personal) Instagram feed, or the CoachingBizBuilder feed where images have come from Unsplash and AdobeStock.

2. Making visuals more tactile and hands-on. As many of you know, I have an affinity for using visual cards of all types. Back in 2014, I launched my own card deck, Conversation Sparker, a set of 72 photo and question cards. These are now available in digital format, so that practitioners can incorporate them into their virtual programs. Pick up a copy of the Conversation Sparker bundle where you get hard copy cards, digital cards and a copy of the 40 Ways to Work with Visual Cards e-book (Facilitated Instructions to 40 different ways you can work with visual cards)
Here's an example of me walking through the Conversation Sparker website using the Loom Video extension  I mentioned last month: View this walk-though video here (3 minutes)

3. Consider how you can convert text rich slides to more icon based slides. Much of this can be done in PowerPoint. Here's an example of the translation of the 5 Faux Pas for Virtual Meetings from Chapter 9 of Effective Virtual Conversations. Which one stands out more for you? Stay tuned for a future post on more details around slide redesign but key to this was  - using SmartArt, adding color and using icons.



For more on the topic of Engagement check out:
4 Ways to Move the Needle on Engagement - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=szZYILv5O3Q  (30 minute video)

This month's Effective Virtual Conversations Call - 6 Keys for Engagement (32 minutes)


What can you do to create more impactful visuals in your work? We'll be covering this topic and a lot more in the June 2019 Virtual Facilitation Essentials program that will be held on Mondays from 1:30 - 3 pm ET June 3 - July 8 (no call 7/1).

Looking to create some time to work on your business and/or a major project?

Join me for the 4 hour PlanDoTrack Virtual Retreat.

We'll be meeting on Thursday May 30 from 12 - 2 pm Eastern, with each hour dedicated to supporting you to take action towards your business development OR around a major project. Vision, plan, execute and track during the afternoon. Most importantly - GET THINGS DONE!

We meet at the top of each of the four hours. Retreat participants will also have structured activities they can follow each hour, geared to help you get the most out of our time together.

BONUS: I am also available throughout the afternoon session for some short 1-1 coaching around your project or business development work as well.

Here's what 2 of last month's participants said about their experience:
"The PlanDoTrack session was everything I hoped for an more! These 4 hours were a super useful and productive pause to work on my business vision and goals for the year. It was a hands-on approach, very much helped by the worksheets in the Coaching Business Builder and also Jennifer's guidance.
I would certainly do at least one more session!"
- Rute Silva - Organizational Development Consultant/Executive Coach - PCC 

" Jennifer - thank you for creating a space to allow me to focus on the deep work that I am committed to getting out into the word.  On a normal day, the whirlwind of life would have prevented me from putting pen to paper and designing a program that could have easily been put off until "someday". Today I prioritized the "important over the urgent and I feel so accomplished to have created content that will make a difference.
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
If you are committed to creating a program, a business plan, content , or whatever is meaningful to you and your clients, but you do not have the pace or time to focus, this program is a game changer. Block the time. You will be thrilled with the outcome and the support along the way"  - Jacyln M. Bradley


Spaces are limited so I hope you will join us to get a head-start (or strong finish) around your project later this month. Read more about the program here.

Cost: $129 US

Use this link to register now:
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Upcoming programs to support you with your own virtual programming:
 
Reserve your spot in these upcoming programs:

Group Coaching Essentials (8.75 CCEs) - 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 and Mondays in  June - June 7, 10, 14, 17 and 21st.  8.75 CCEs with the ICF. $450 US: 1 spot still open. Click here for more info.
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Virtual Facilitation Essentials (8.5 CCEs with ICF) -
starts Mondays 1:45 - 3 pm ET - June 3 - July 8 ( 3 spots open)
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) . The next session will be held on Mondays at 1:30 - 2:45 pm ET pm on June 3, 10, 17, 24, and July 8th. Lots of hands-on learning and some mini-practice opportunities around virtual sessions. During the five weeks we cover core skills, design, and facilitation tips for creating WOW virtual calls. Read more about the program here.

 
Registration includes the five live and interactive calls, a robust set of weekly module learning notes, templates and a 15 minute 1-1 with me each week.  Space is limited to 6-8 as this is an interactive program.
Reserve your spot in June's session - $450 US (3 spaces still open):
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Advanced Group and Team Coaching Practicum - Mondays 1145- 1 pm ET: (starts July 8 and runs to August 12).
For those looking for practice and feedback on their group and team coaching skills.  This program picks up with what you learned in the Essentials and translates it into practice. Six calls of 75 minutes of practice and feedback. See group and team coaching in action and take a deeper dive. Learn more here. Reserve your spot: $525 US
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  Learning Lab and Design Studio. Looking for a space to focus in your own programming work? Looking for continued learning about working with groups and teams and a space to take action? The Learning Lab and Design Studio meets twice a month on
Fridays from 8:45 - 9:30 am ET join us for a monthly focus - one lecture call and one hands on facilitation lab.
Upcoming monthly focus areas are :
Marketing Your Work - May
Working With Vision and System - June
Social Media and Learning - July
Content Creation and Program Design - August
Group Coaching - September
Team Coaching - October

Group members have access to a robust library of monthly articles and templates (more than 3 years worth!) and quarterly have access to Design Hacks and Virtual Retreats.

Join to the end of 2019 at the special rate of $800 US
Learn more here.
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Questions? Please email me or call me at (416)996-8326


Save the Date! Next Effective Virtual Conversations Call - Monday June 10th - 11 - 11:30 am ET: Marketing Your Virtual Work. Open to everyone! Zoom Room - 270-302-0415.

If you know of others who might also benefit from this newsletter, please forward using the link below. Thank you!
 
Don't have your own copy of the Effective Virtual Conversations book yet? Order one directly from me and I will sign it for you.
 
You can also pick up a copy of the Coaching Business Builder  which I will sign for you ($30 plus $10 shipping - US and CDN orders)
Order a copy for US Delivery  - $40 US:
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Best wishes,
Jennifer


Jennifer Britton
Potentials Realized | GroupCoachingEssentials.com | EffectiveVirtualConversations.com
Author of Effective Group Coaching, From One to Many: Best Practices for Team and Group Coaching and Effective Virtual Conversations 
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