Webinars & Webmeetings
21 Mar 2018 | Wayne Turmel
Working remotely, we just don't get any of non-verbal signals we see in a meeting room. That's why asking open questions is one of the most critical skills the manager of a remote team can possess.
26 Oct 2017 | Wayne Turmel
Often when running a meeting - be it physical or virtual - we can get so focused on "getting everything done" in the allotted time slot that we forget to focus on what it is we're actually supposed to accomplish.
07 Aug 2017 | Wayne Turmel
Why do webmeetings always seem to start late? While there’s no silver bullet that will solve the problem, there are some simple things you can do to help your odds of starting (and finishing) on time.
04 Oct 2016 | Wayne Turmel
As a Canadian who spends a lot of time on international conference calls and webinars, it's impossible not to notice that almost everyone can deal with foreign accents except (North) Americans.
05 Aug 2016 | Wayne Turmel
Presenting online is more like a traditional presentation than most people think. But too often, those delivering webinars, webmeetings and virtual training do so in just about the least effective manner possible.
15 Dec 2015 | Wayne Turmel
On team conference calls it can sometimes seem almost impossible to get people to contribute or share information effectively. Here’s how you can change that to get maximum input from participants.
02 Dec 2015 | Wayne Turmel
I really don’t care much about platforms or whether tool X is better than tool Y. What I do care about is the mental health of project managers and leaders. That’s why it’s time to have a conversation about Skype for Business.
04 Nov 2015 | Wayne Turmel
I’m always being asked how to get people to pay attention to the webinars we present. My answer is to ask a simple question: what are you doing to earn their attention?
06 Oct 2015 | Wayne Turmel
Collaboration tools like Slack, Yammer or Lync claim to make team communication more efficient. But how do they differ from good old Instant Messaging, webcam, or webmeeting platforms? And how can you get the best out of them in the real world?
01 Apr 2015 | Wayne Turmel
In a remote team, technology is the way you communicate. So it should be a conduit to better information flow, not a bottleneck that constricts it. And that means limiting the distractions technology can create.
24 Mar 2015 | Wayne Turmel
Have you ever been in the sort of meeting where most of the attendees are in a conference room, but a few are on a speaker phone? They rarely work well. But the problem isn't about sound or audio, it’s the lack of eye contact. And the solution is to understand that and compensate for it.
10 Mar 2015 | Wayne Turmel
Sometimes people have very good reasons for not using their tools. But often the reasons aren’t very good at all. Take the humble webcam. Most of us now have access to webmeeting tools that can use a webcam. So if you're not using one, perhaps you should ask yourself why not.
23 Feb 2015 | Wayne Turmel
Good meetings add value. Bad ones destroy it (and the souls of attendees). But simply doing away with them entirely in favor of email exchanges or discussion sites won't work either - it's is a classic case of 'throwing the baby out with the bathwater'
11 Dec 2014 | Wayne Turmel
Well over three-quarters of people who use webmeeting tools use only 20% of their features. So do you know what you really have at your disposal? Are you making the most of your tools? How do you know?
11 Nov 2014 | Wayne Turmel
Here’s an incredibly simple technique that will radically improve the effectiveness of any online presentation, meetings or training session. All you need to do is count to five slowly.
09 Oct 2014 | Wayne Turmel
Speaking to large groups online can be deeply disconcerting. Why? Because even in a one-way, lecture-type of presentation, you’re getting all kinds of feedback. But doing it virtually feels like you’re talking into a void.
24 Sep 2014 | Wayne Turmel
It’s a simple question: “why is this meeting different from every other meeting?” But if you are mindful as to your meeting's purpose and desired outcome, you will accomplish far more than if you approach it as an empty ritual.
10 Sep 2014 | Wayne Turmel
If virtual meetings aren't real meetings, what are they? What purpose do they serve? So if we think about webmeetings and conferences as meetings first, and technology-enabled communication second, it could make a huge difference in the outcome.
05 Sep 2014 | Wayne Turmel
If you feel that no one is paying attention on your conference calls, don’t worry about it. You’re not alone. Calls need to be managed to maintain focus and involvement. So plan them , don’t expect them to just magically happen.
08 Jul 2014 | Wayne Turmel
Choices don’t have to be binary. So embracing webinars and virtual meetings doesn’t mean you’ll never get together in person again. Nor does opting for a face-to-face meeting mean you have to turn your back on the wonders of technology.