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What do I want to be about the same this year?

While a new year often brings new ideas, energy, perspectives and a list of “things to change.” Not everything always needs to change. You may have done some incredible work last year in areas of your life that you would

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What do I want to be about the same this year?

While a new year often brings new ideas, energy, perspectives and a list of “things to change.” Not everything always needs to change. You may have done some incredible work last year in areas of your life that you would

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Jennifer Redmond Knight Horizontal Divider

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Invest to give your best

As coalition leaders, we can easily spend all of our time on meetings, projects, reports, plans, budgets and addressing other people’s needs that we rarely find any time to pause, reflect or rest. And we definitely do not have time

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Rest will help you be your best

In our coalition work and the rest of our lives, our culture supports constant productivity but doesn’t praise or support rest (or play). When we are constantly focused on checking one more thing off of our to-do list and not

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Your meeting is as good as your follow up

You may have facilitated a fantastic online meeting where you engaged participants, made important decisions and made progress on your most important projects; however, the real test of a “good” meeting happens after the meeting is over. Once you have

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Shorter may be better

If we schedule every meeting for an hour and we fill up that time with conversation, we may never have a meaningful break and can easily experience meeting fatigue. In my experience, most of my colleagues and coalition members want

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Tools you can use

As we continue to host online meetings, we have new opportunities to engage our participants utilizing both “old” and new “tools.” Not every tool is a good fit for every meeting. Considering the purpose and the participants, use these tools

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Choosing courage over comfort

As we facilitate online meetings, it can be difficult to engage our participants and keep them engaged (especially if it is a particularly long meeting!). One of the strategies that has helped participants stay engaged is to call on people

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Use your power for good!

Do you remember large group conference calls? Do you remember that one participant putting the whole group on “hold” and music playing that couldn’t ever be silenced until that person came back onto the call?  I always felt terrible for

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The video advantage

As a meeting facilitator for online meetings, one of the greatest challenges is being able to “see” one another. When our participants are mostly off camera, we miss the non-verbal cues that  help us know if we are engaging, connecting

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Can you see what I see?

While I know that most of us have grown weary with online meetings right now (and are even beginning to have some in person!), depending upon your meeting purpose, they can still help us work together in similar ways to

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How do I show up to this online meeting?

When we are in person, we often have “ground rules, guiding principles or working agreements” that help us set expectations for participation.  This concept is really important in online meetings as well. When we are really clear on our purpose

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Don’t try to do it alone

When leading online meetings, we can easily think that somehow it should be easy and we “should” be able to do it on our own. Although you can easily send a link to join a meeting, actually hosting, designing and

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Do I have a clear purpose?

Although we may have a clear format (Zoom) and activities (Agenda items) for our online meetings, we may not necessarily have a clear purpose.  This is especially true if it is a standing meeting. If you are finding yourself especially

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Jennifer Redmond Knight Horizontal Divider

Most Popular Posts

10 Keys to Accountability

No one wants to talk about it (and we did – check out Part 1 and Part 2 Masterclasses!) but accountability is an important aspect of coalition building and trust building. When some people are held accountable and others are

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Eight Elements of Effective Meetings

As we head into Spring (and the same thing happens in the Fall), we are facing meetings in every area of our lives! If you are leading groups of volunteers, there is likely a window of a few months in

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Trust: How do you build it?

Last week, we highlighted the importance of trust in coalition building. We can easily say “trust” is important or we want more “trust” in our coalition, but actually building trust takes time and intentionality. Building trust = building and maintaining

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