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Mar 16, 2020

In this episode, we hear from three people who attended one of our last virtual meetups, and one of our co-hosts, Pilar Orti, talks to Judy Rees about their recent experiment organising a "hybrid" meetup.

Find out when the next virtual meetups are happening:

We also have some listener feedback from Anuschka who wanted to know how to join the IAF Slack.

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Pilar reads the message from the IAF Chair and Board, regarding the COVID-19 situation.

A reminder that, in uncertain times like the current ones, you can connect with other fellow facilitators, through this podcast, Slack and our virtual meetups.

Conversation with Judy Rees on Hybrid Meetups

Can hybrid meetings work? That was the main question we were addressing.

The importance of language, specially when labelling the two "tribes". We share Simon Wilson's thoughts.

Virtual balls and magic!

The difference in conversation dynamics and engagement between the two groups.

People are distracted in both locations, but in different ways. We share Martin Gilbraith's thoughts.

The facilitator's behaviour and physical presence as key to how participants are included. Use of webcam distance, use of online presence.

Welcoming those online.

Colleen Wheeler, thanks for the musical interlude! 

Welcoming people as they arriving late or leaving early.

What about those follow-up conversations that can lead to more work as a freelance facilitator? It's difficult to do in hybrid mode...

We hear from Colleen Wheeler, who attended the session and is a regular listener of Facilitation Stories!

Hybrid is not the best option!

Lot's on information on remote meetings and online events on Judy's site
Also, check out

And Twitter @judyrees

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