Virtual facilitation is an effective tool in the L&D arsenal to deliver training sessions that are easily accessible and adaptable. It requires a distinct set of tools to ensure that students can participate in productive conversations with their peers. This article will explore 10 principles to energize online facilitation so that trainers can conduct online sessions.
As in any workshop setting the facilitator sets the tone of the workshop by demonstrating positive communication behaviours and creating a positive environment. This means you must avoid distracting noises, ensure that the camera is focused on the participant and provide positive feedback signals such as smiling and nodding. You should also keep the conversation brief and clear. It is crucial to ensure there is a balanced balance between group discussion, information sharing and interactive activities like quick polls or interactive gaming. A great way to engage participants involved is to encourage them to engage in conversation during the session and using gamified response systems such as Kahoot!
Knowing how the group is feeling is essential in any meeting, but it’s particularly important when facilitating remotely. Be sure to check in with your participants regularly to determine how they’re feeling and if any technical or other issues affect the group. You may have to add a game in order to energize the group if energy levels start to decrease.
Utilizing a platform like SessionLab to design and plan your remote workshops can help you ensure that your workshops are productive and enjoyable, even when you’re not in the same room with your participants! SessionLab is a great choice for online meetings and workshops. It offers a library that includes more than 1000 of the most effective facilitation tools that include a full-featured templates, and built-in tools to cut down on distractions and cross-talk.