Did my first virtual offsite yesterday with everyone on screen in their own homes . Everyone gave a quick visual walk around their space and I drew a circle with everyone's names on a sheet and held it up to my screen so they could "see" who was on their left and right. Did a breakout session in pairs and was in jammies the whole time.
I’ve done plenty of virtual meetings but this was unique because it was focused on the connecting conversations as opposed to business content. It's one thing to talk about spreadsheets and strategies, but another thing to create a safe space to clear the air, get to know one another as people first, and share courageous truths. I'm very open to hearing thoughts, ideas, and stories about how you are maximizing virtual space. Here are some thoughts compiled from friends and colleagues who work in this area: Ten Tips for Awesome Virtual Meetings
Not ready to call it the new normal but it just might be that for a while.