March 24, 2020
By Rachel Adams
As campaigns continue to grapple with rapidly shifting norms and practices, many are quickly moving typically in-person gatherings online.
It’s increasingly important to be able to effectively facilitate virtual spaces, where participants can get the same level of engagement and quality of content that they would in a face-to-face session. If done well, virtual spaces can be vibrant, engaged communities of growth.
Below, you’ll find links to resources we’ve created to help you lead strong virtual trainings.
It’s tempting to think the only real difference between meeting in-person and virtually is knowing how to use a specific app.
The truth is, effective virtual facilitation builds on your existing skills by focusing on a few key areas:
General “tech hygiene”
This refers to the way that you use technology in general, including best practices for managing distractions, setting up your space, and being prepared for your session.
Showing up well online involves more than just sitting in front of a camera. These practical tips will make sure that you are showing up fully for your participants and encouraging them to do the same.
Virtual community-based learning
Regardless of where they are, people want to be involved and active in trainings and workshops. There are ways to navigate virtual spaces to maintain a sense of community and keep people bought in.
Facilitators can hone these skills to hold virtual space for participants, to keep engagement and enthusiasm high, and to keep NDTC’s mission moving forward.
To that end, we’ve created a resource bank with handouts designed to help you develop and practice these skills and get comfortable holding engaging virtual sessions that set participants up for success. Effective virtual facilitation means that the work continues as strong as ever.