Today the lead facilitators for the Jazz workshop had a 2+ hour planning meeting. As usual, our videoconference meeting was supported by other technologies:
- a Skype chat to share URLs
- GoogleDocs – a schedule file and a notes and todo file
- Twitter to share interesting tidbits, side comments or resources with our peeps
- Phones to cause the vc buzz and take a pic (ok that didn’t really support the meeting!)
What I really noticed today though, was our pauses. After a particularly confusing topic with varied viewpoints, when everyone’s voice had been heard, we paused. We thought about it. We processed. No one told us to, we just did it. And after a sufficient time, we moved on.
Think time is really important! Having a way to visually see the discussion topics/issues in GoogleDocs also was critical to our thinking.
What about you? What strategies work well in your VC meetings?