Remotely Productive
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Remotely Productive

Leading better online meetings and workshops

About the Book

How much of this week did you spend in online meetings? How much of that time were you listening to the same old perspectives from the same people? Could you have predicted before the meeting who would talk and who would stay quiet?

Did the conversation race from topic to topic without reaching decisions or actions?

Did you watch as people began to multitask, their faces flashing different colors as they worked in email or Slack with Zoom in the background?

Did you sense that the smart, quiet ones were staying quiet because they couldn’t find a way to break in before time was up?

Do you wish your group could just somehow make a decision?

Do you feel like that potential for real collaboration is sitting right below the surface?

For leaders of teams who meet online, this book introduces online facilitation skills. Unlike other facilitation books, we do not assume remote or in-person work is better but rather accept the reality of both.

You'll learn:

  • Why we need online facilitators, even when many are returning to the office
  • How to improve your weekly team meetings and decision meetings
  • Why we hate structured work, and why we need it
  • How to design remote workshops
  • Why deep collaboration is harder online
  • How facilitation changes online compared to in a room
  • How to manage the online 'space' using everyday or specialized software.
  • How to handle mixed / hybrid workshops
  • Power moves for remote facilitators

If you're new to facilitation, this book will get you started. If you're a seasoned 'in the room' facilitator, this book will give you a framework to approach online work that's less fatiguing and brings better results.

About the Author

Alex Pukinskis
Alex Pukinskis

Alex has been facilitating collaborative workshops for over 17 years. He's been a computer builder, a customer support rep, a web developer, a software engineer, an agile coach, a product manager, and portfolio manager. He's worked in management consulting and product leadership. He loves hiking, kayaking, and discovering new spaces, and lives in Berlin with his wife and two American cats.


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Table of Contents

  • Welcome
    • 1.On learning to facilitate
    • 2.Introduction
    • 3.Why we need online facilitation
    Part I. Connected Meetings
    • 4.Why online meetings are so much worse
    • 5.How to help in a bad meeting
    • 6.Simple Decision Meeting
    • 7.Facilitation Toolbox 1
    • 8.Weekly Team Meeting
    • 9.Facilitation Toolbox 2
    • 10.Why we resist meeting structure
    Part II. Connected Workshops
    • 11.Why ‘design’ collaboration?
    • 12.Purpose, Outcomes, and Outputs
    • 13.Questions drive the agenda
    • 14.Planning for time
    • 15.Increasing ideas and perspectives
    • 16.Psychological safety, and how to increase it
    • 17.Breakout groups
    • 18.Building the online room
    • 19.Templates for breakouts
    • 20.Selecting options and finding agreement
    • 21.Checking for commitment
    • 22.Review: Designing workshops
    • 23.Example Workshop Agendas
    Part III. Connected Facilitation
    • 24.Why deep collaboration is harder online
    • 25.Energy and Momentum
    • 26.Preparing yourself and attendees
    • 27.Script the critical moves
    • 28.Start the collaboration before the meeting
    • 29.Opening online
    • 30.Checkins, early engagement, emotional discharge
    • 31.Managing the screen
    • 32.Partnering
    • 33.Hybrid workshops
    • 34.Emergency Procedures
    • 35.Closing moves
    • 36.Your action plan
    • 37.Feedback on this book
    • 38.Remaining questions about online facilitation
    • 39.Appreciations and Acknowledgements

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