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The virtual stand-up meeting with Klartboard can be very good and just as valuable as the physical stand-up meetings. Especially when we are aware of the basic differences between being in the physical and the virtual space – and act accordingly.
This article is especially written for those of you who are responsible for facilitating the stand-up meetings.
What you miss in the virtual stand-up meeting
Most of us know it. You enter the meeting room as usual and Anne's quiet gaze, Preben's looking away, the boss's good morning, the folded arms over in the corner and Martin's enthusiasm at the front of the chair - yes, it all gives you a pretty good sense of the atmosphere.
Many of us also know. You connect on Skype. Desperately clicks on "download update" and by a stroke of luck pushes you into the right meeting. Silence until the start of the meeting. Review of 13 slides. Questions. And answers that never turn into dialogue and conversation. Finish. Power off.
Fortunately, someone knows that.
"The virtual meeting IS more taxing on your brain and your subconscious, even when the technique is playing and both sound and image come through clearly.
You simply lack the unconscious emotional signals that you easily and effortlessly pick up in physical encounters and react to in a split second.
When you're facilitating a virtual stand-up meeting, your brain is desperately scanning for feedback on what you're saying and doing.
You are unconsciously looking for signs of what is happening in the social space of the meeting – signs that are not found in the same way in the virtual space.”
Facilitation of online meetings (2020)
Mette Ullersted and Katrine Kent, Playmakers
3 good tips that can lift the virtual stand-up meeting
Your social skills are partially out of touch when you meet for the virtual stand-up meeting. But don't worry, there is something you can do. Three pieces of advice in particular are helpful.