Virtual meetings create a tremendous opportunity for everyone to co-create virtual stories. Together. Stories which support one another and the clients we serve. What are your stories? What are your experiences?
Consider that we now experience a continuous, epic story which is everyone’s common denominator: across job titles, pay grades, levels of education, generations and professional disciplines. That epic story is: the pandemic. How is this unprecedented scenario impacting your story and your experiences?
Ponder how you leverage this epic common denominator during virtual meetings. Because this epic story attends each virtual meeting, invited or not.
Instead of ignoring the uninvited “guest”, acknowledge it, upfront. Because our collective professional paradigm is permanently disrupted by the pandemic. As a result, our common denominator is part of our future story, together. The first story you co-create together is about the New Professional Normal.
Next, a traditional, linear, agenda-based meeting format may not work consistently well for virtual meetings. People get burnt out or become preoccupied. Thus, adapt communication and collaboration style by remaining aware of meeting dynamics. What is the story about how you all make the changes to better serve each other and your clients?
Then, let storytelling during unprecedented times catalyze permanent changes in professional habits, mindset and culture.
- First, incorporate “checking in” each day into the new professional normal of your emerging story, together.
- Next, identify new ideas and solutions which result from working virtually. Because the story of virtual meetings just may be about increased productivity and engagement, moving forward.
Then, at the end of virtual meetings, recap and celebrate the emerging story of how you better serve each other and your clients. Next meeting, next chapter in your story.
This is the story which employees and clients really need to hear. About the things they really need to know. The story of being open to doing things differently as you face unplanned obstacles, together. Also, the story of overcoming anxiety to create remarkable, innovative and enduring outcomes. Outcomes which define you, and your team, each day moving forward.
Wishing each one of you all the best as we move into this week, together. It’s like continuously sailing into unknown, uncharted waters isn’t it? Be safe, stay healthy. Together.
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