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Lessons Learned: Keeping Participants Engaged during Virtual Meetings

Even though it feels as if we've been partaking in virtual meetings forever at this point, it can still be a struggle to keep your team engaged and interested during virtual meetings. It can be tempting to zone out or multitask if not engaged in the discussion and it can be more difficult to get more introverted members of your team to unmute themselves and share their valuable input. We wanted to share some of the tips we've learned over the past year to keep your team engaged during virtual meetings: ??????? Start with Small Talk or an Icebreaker Unlike in-person meetings, it can

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Strategic Annual Planning

Hard to believe it’s already time to start planning for 2022 but as we know growth and success rely heavily on planning. Annual Planning is essential to realign the organization to assure efforts are geared toward the strategic goals of the organization, layout a clear execution plan, & communicating the goals and plan to the entire organization to assure everyone is united. When we facilitate annual planning sessions with organizations, we like to complete exercises to answer three simple questions: Where are we now? Where are we going? How are we going to get there? Where are we now? We like to start each annual planning

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Lesson Learned: Understanding Project Requirements

You’d be surprised by the amounts of projects that fail from the simple miscommunication of not being able to clearly understand the requirements set by stakeholders. No matter what size of project, without being able to fully understand the purpose, goals, and needs of a project, the project manager is not able to make the decisions necessary to keep the project on track and successful. Stakeholders can often be vague about requirements or sometimes are not fully clear on the true purpose and requirements for the project themselves, but it is your role as a project manager to ask the

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5 Tips for Leading Impactful Meetings

     We’ve all felt the frustration of attending a meeting that could have easily been an email, was not necessary for us to attend, or was a waste of time as there was no clear purpose or agenda so nothing got accomplished. With virtual meetings being more common if meetings aren’t planned and run efficiently team members often multi-task or zone out. Remain respectful of your team members time and run efficient, impactful meetings by following these simple tips: Establish a Clear Purpose & a Pre-Communicated Agenda Before you even schedule a meeting, you should establish what the purpose of the

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