Remotely Productive
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Remotely Productive

Leading better online meetings and workshops

About the Book

A practical and insightful toolkit for improving the time you spend in meetings every day.

We've been meeting online for years now. Why is it still so painful?

In Remotely Productive: Leading Better Online Meetings and Workshops, expert facilitator and product development leader Alex Pukinskis delivers simple tools and techniques that you can use immediately to stop wasting time in video calls and start making decisions and plans that stick.

This book explains why online meetings are so much slower, why the people with the best social skills can be the worst over video and why we hesitate to speak up when things are going wrong. You will learn how to make improvements to your everyday meetings, how to design online workshops, and how to facilitate complex, hybrid sessions.

You'll also find:

  • Techniques for improving meetings when you're just a participant
  • Activities to replace unproductive discussions
  • Strategies for handling conflict, technical problems, disappearing participants, and other disasters

Passionate about finding ways to remove waste and make work more enjoyable and productive, Alex has created an essential resource in Remotely Productive, which will help anyone who's sitting in ineffective meetings and looking for a better way.

About the Author

Alex Pukinskis
Alex Pukinskis

Alex Pukinskis has been facilitating collaborative workshops for over 17 years. As Head of Product at the European Payments Initiative, he leads a fully remote product team spread across 10+ countries. Alex draws on experience as a transformation consultant, product manager, and developer, and holds a degree in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Connecticut. He loves hiking, kayaking, and architecture, and lives in Berlin with his wife and two American cats.


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Table of Contents

    • Preface
    • 1.Welcome
    • 2.Why we can’t escape remote meetings
    Part I. Improving Meetings
    • 3.Why online meetings are so much worse
    • 4.How to help in a bad meeting
    • 5.The Decision Meeting
    • 6.Facilitation Toolbox 1
    • 7.The Weekly Team Meeting
    • 8.Facilitation Toolbox 2
    • 9.Why we resist structure in meetings
    Part II. Designing Workshops
    • 10.Designing collaboration
    • 11.Purpose, Outcomes, and Outputs
    • 12.Structuring workshops
    • 13.Increasing ideas and perspectives
    • 14.Increasing psychological safety
    • 15.Using breakout groups
    • 16.Building the online room
    • 17.Guiding groups with templates
    • 18.Selecting options and finding agreement
    • 19.Checking for commitment
    • 20.Planning for time
    • 21.Example Workshop Agendas
    • 22.Review: Designing workshops
    Part III. Becoming a Facilitator
    • 23.Why deep collaboration is harder online
    • 24.Creating energy and momentum
    • 25.Preparing yourself and attendees
    • 26.Scripting the critical moves
    • 27.Starting the collaboration before the workshop
    • 28.Opening online
    • 29.Sparking early engagement
    • 30.Managing the screen
    • 31.Partnering
    • 32.Designing hybrid workshops
    • 33.Closing moves
    • 34.Emergency Procedures
    • 35.Retrospective
    • 36.Your action plan
    • 37.Feedback on this book
    • Appreciations and Acknowledgements

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