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Silence: Rules of Thumb

If silence is important to encourage engagement by participants in webinars and online meetings AND if facilitators/presenters cannot rely on visual cues like we do in face-to-face situations…how can we know how much time to allow for participants to respond? There are several factors at play: what type of response you want (a simple Yes/No, […]

Silence: What’s Going On?

If you are a teacher, a trainer, or facilitator you have learned the power of silence for learning and deepening dialogue.  When we have the visual cues of those sitting in front of us…a thoughtful look, a pencil scratching on paper, a shifting in seats…we can gauge when to break that silence.  However, in an online […]

Creating Consensus – Making Magic Happen Online

I am always delighted to watch how, when using the ToP methods, a wide variety of disparate ideas are shared, refined, categorized and agreed upon. The structure of the methods makes this process effective and seem almost magical. But can that magic happen online? This week I had the pleasure of working with a large […]

What is the “technology” part of Technology of Participation?

Many have come to think of technology narrowly…in relation to the internet and electronic devices.  But the term technology has a much broader meaning. The word technology comes from Greek τεχνολογία (technología); from τέχνη (téchnē), meaning “art, skill, craft”, and -λογία (-logía), meaning “study of-“.[1].  So, by that definition, the Technology of Participation would be […]

Impact: Moving from Talk to Action

We’ve all been there.  Lots of great brainstorming, visioning, and discussion…leading nowhere.  When you spend precious resources of people’s creative energy, time away from the work, and money…you want to see results. There are many methods of holding discussions, building consensus, developing action plans, and creating strategic plans.   For maximum IMPACT all constituents should be […]

Too Long?

                        Raise your hand if you’ve ever thought to yourself that you wish a webinar would last longer.  Yep.  That’s what I thought.  A few folks who learn best through auditory means and another handful who have attended a webinar with an uber-engaging presenter […]

Participatory Webinars

When people use the term webinar, they can mean a variety of things. I like to draw a very clear distinction between webcasts and webinars. As you can see in the below image, a webcast is usually a one-way flow of information. Webcasts can be attended by up to a few thousand individuals. The presenter […]