Naked Meetings III: Going Virtual

Virtual meetings pose some unique challenges (and benefits) for getting work done across time and distance. In this session we look at the ways you can use structure to create naturally more effective and engaging virtual meetings. Like previous sessions in the “Naked Meetings” series, we will share stories, along with tips and tools for you to put to use. Our suggestions can be used with any form of virtual meeting technology.


-Recognize (unseen) structural challenges of virtual meetings
-Identify ways to structure effective virtual meetings
-Learn tips and tools for designing and conducting better virtual meetings

Rick Lent has spent the last 25 years facilitating meetings around the world in business, non-profit organizations and communities. He has facilitated meetings intended to bring multiple groups together around strategic planning, organizational restructuring and difficult societal issues. He has helped various nonprofit boards redefine vision and strategy and improve how they work together as a team.

Among the organizations in which Rick has supported significant meetings are: InterAction (multi-stakeholder pandemic preparedness), UNICEF (country-wide health crisis), Ashland (design-build contracting), ArchstoneSmith (organizational change), Logitech (vision and balanced score card plan), the WK Kellogg Foundation (strategy and vision), Johnson & Johnson (post-merger alignment), and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (NGO partnering). He has also worked with numerous civic, religious and nonprofit groups.

Rick delivers workshops and presentations on a structural approach to better meetings. He also provides complete meeting design and facilitation services and coaches leaders on how to resolve particular meeting challenges. His new e-book, Meeting for Results Tool Kit: Make Your Meetings Work, will be available on Amazon in September 2012.

Rick received his Ph.D. in instructional design from Syracuse University and held various management positions in several international organizations before co-founding Brownfield and Lent in 1991.

Meeting for Results is a service of Brownfield and Lent, a consultancy which for 20 years has focused on creating conditions for people to excel by changing the conversations they hold.

As president and principal consultant for Guided Insights, Nancy Settle-Murphy wears many hats: facilitator, trainer and coach, change management consultant, organizational development consultant, and communications strategist. Drawing from more than two decades of experience in facilitating the work of global teams, she thrives on helping global teams master the art and science of virtual collaboration by accelerating trust, building relationships and engaging members for peak performance.

Guided Insights is a facilitation, consulting and training firm located in the Boston area. Started by Nancy is 1994, the goal of Guided Insights is simple: To enable organizations to tap the best thinking of key contributors across time zones, locations and cultures. Nancy and her network of colleagues work with clients in both face-to-face and virtual settings, providing training, coaching and consulting services. Special areas of focus: facilitating complex meetings (both face-to-face and virtual), leadership development, planning and designing engaging virtual meetings, facilitation skills, and cross-cultural collaboration. Guided Insights also works with global IT organizations to create training and communications programs designed to accelerate adoption of major new initiatives.

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