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5 Tips to Help You Make Virtual Meetings Work   In a recent survey we conducted, 73% of respondents said they participated in mostly virtual or a combination of virtual and face-to-face meetings. And over 50% were disappointed that participants came to the meetings unprepared. For most companies, virtual meetings are integral to doing business. When run well, they can foster collaboration and increase engagement while building trust and morale among teams. When run poorly, they can...

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Bridge the Virtual Divide with Focused Conversations   Reducing office space and travel expenses is a great way for entrepreneurial businesses to save time and money. But the downside can be a lack of collaboration and esprit de corps among members of the team. This presents a considerable challenge as we know the number of companies doing business virtually is growing exponentially. According to GlobalWorkplaceAnalytics.com, the number of work-at-home employees has grown by 115% since 2005, nearly...

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After years of analyzing Millennials’ every move, HR, recruiting and other business functions are shifting their microscope on Generation Z, the group born from 1996 to 2010 that is finishing high school and entering the workforce.   Hannah Payne, a UCLA student and actress who made an appearance in Netflix’ “13 Reasons Why,” described her generation as “the first true digital natives,” a group that “takes in information instantaneously and loses interest just as fast.”   The finger-snap attention...

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Technology Has Changed Meeting Dynamics – for the Better   At the recent Tech Crunch Justice conference in San Francisco, LaFawn Davis, Global Head of Culture and Inclusion at Twilio shared this: “Diversity is being invited to the party, inclusion is being asked to dance, belonging is knowing all the songs.” This statement resonates with us at GoWall because it speaks to actions and feelings we have all experienced. And, we can connect it to technology’s ability...

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Diverse Thinking Can Produce Revenue-Generating Ideas   As the global economy pushes us toward ever-increasing diversity in the workforce, the practice of inclusion has become a business strategy. Seeking out, listening to and responding to all members of a team is more important than ever, especially as the diversity of our markets also broaden, and can have a direct impact on a company’s bottom line.   How can inclusion translate to revenue for your company?   Here’s a simple example:   One of...

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Uncovering the Liking Phenomenon   When GoWall added a “Like” feature to its interface in 2017, we were in good company. A few months earlier, Netflix had retired its five-star rating system for the thumbs-up “Like” icon. And everybody knows where the “Like” achieved superstardom—on Facebook’s endless scroll of food pics and perfect vacations.   When users of GoWall asked us to include the “Like” feature, it made perfect sense.  During GoWall meetings, participants are posting their thoughts and...

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The Value of Anonymity in Meetings   We all agree that team morale is critical to project success and employee retention, but when was the last time you measured your team’s morale? If you called a meeting right now and asked everyone on your team to rate morale on a scale of 1 to 10, do you think you’d get honest responses?   Maybe. What if you gave them an anonymous option to use? Would you be open to...

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Designing Effective Meetings Starts with the End Game in Mind   In a recent New York Times Business article, author Adam Bryant presented rules for running effective meetings. He wrote about having an agenda, being on time, and finishing with an action plan. We applauded… and we have one more item to add:   The outcome.   A vision of the meeting outcome is more than an agenda—it’s the difference between knowing you want to go to France to see art...

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Giving People What They Need to Participate   In her 2012 TED talk, Susan Cain, author of QUIET: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking, defined a cultural bias that she called “the new group think,” a belief that all creativity comes from a gregarious place. She talked about how more schools and workplaces reflect this bias and, perhaps without realizing it, have mandated extensive group work. But constant togetherness doesn’t work for...

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Do these three things to get – and keep – everyone engaged   Every meeting leader knows what it feels like to hold the undivided attention of every participant in the room. It’s a heady feeling, and a tangible validation that you’ve done something unmistakably right in the planning and execution of your meeting.   But how do you capture 100% participation – and the value of the diverse input you get – every time? Here are three simple yet...

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