How to design a virtual company gathering that creates magic
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How to design a virtual company gathering that creates magic

Key learnings from hosting a virtual company gathering in (one of the most progressive) remote companies

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Key Learnings

The key learnings I share with you with the e-book are:

  • Go all-in virtual: Do not compromise due to the “circumstances”- commit to the remote environment and go all in.
  • Visualize togetherness: Create a connection that is visible and feels like being at the same place.
  • Set the mood and go through with it: Unlock creative thinking and playfulness by choosing a theme, inviting everyone to take part and then fully go for it.
  • Preparation is key: Think about every single detail, overdo dry runs and fallback plans until your (internal) agenda includes troubleshooting and fallback plans.
  • Create a self-explaining agenda: provide a fully transparent and easily accessible agenda. Include needed context in order for people to understand each session without a verbal explanation.
  • Leverage parallel communication: provide several communication channels simultaneously do nobody gets lost 
  • Transfer offline ideas: adapt offline ideas that worked well.
  • Provide opportunities for random conversations: Initiate informal conversations by reserving dedicated time and space for mingling.
  • ...and continuously more

To make this article inspirational and practical for you at the same time, I share with you insights from designing and facilitating the virtual company gatherings at BRYTER - one of the most international and progressive remote workplaces.

The current version no. 1 is 16 pages long with a lot of screenshots and examples.

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About the Author

Tobias Leonhardt
Tobias Leonhardt

Since summer 2019 I now design and facilitate the quarterly company gatherings of BRYTER. I saw and facilitated the fast growth of this company.

From day one, I was impressed. At BRYTER we do so many things “right”. Righter than I ever seen it at Zalando - a great, famous place for its openness and culture and pioneer in doing things right. At Zalando, I facilitated the growth from 120 to 2.500 people in Tech within 3 years. There I co-founded the Agile Coaching Team and was happy to design and facilitate large group workshops and community events with and for great co-workers.

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About the Contributors

Iris Adler
Iris Adler

People Manager at BRYTER

I am a people manager at BRYTER, the leading platform enabling experts to digitize and scale their services.

Whether working on a plane or in HR – you really gotta love people and problems. That‘s what I do. I have experience in Corporate Communications, Branding and HR with a focus on tech, remote teams, company culture and people-centric approaches.

As I'm passionate about big ideas and challenges and about helping people to tackle theirs I'm constantly educating and driving myself to become a better enabler. I am an open mind and a quick learner with a hands-on mentality – always looking for opportunities to learn and grow. 

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