Category: Moderator/Facilitation Tips

Moderator/Facilitation Tips

The Essential Five Forum Emails

Every Forum has a different communication rhythm between meetings. Some email and group chat frequently, which is a best practice, while others only email what …

The Ideal Moderator
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The Ideal Moderator

I used to think that anyone could rotate into the moderator position for a Forum, and because of the systems I put in place, things …

Pre-Setting The Speaking Order
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Pre-Setting The Speaking Order

I know it sounds strange, but a lot of time and group energy is wasted in determining who goes next during a meeting. This is …

A Pre-Forum Teaser Update
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A Pre-Forum Teaser Update

Because Forums typically only meet once a month, many things happen throughout the month that members might not know about with each other. To build …

Leveraging Virtual Break Out Rooms
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Leveraging Virtual Break Out Rooms

The typical flow of a Forum meeting is for everyone to be together in one large group for the full 3-4 hours. Normally, during in-person …

Silencing A Chatty McChatster
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Silencing A Chatty McChatster

Every Forum has one, or two, people who like to talk. These people often dominate the conversation and take up more than their allotted time. …

Five Ways To Create Hyper-Focused Forum Meetings
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Five Ways To Create Hyper-Focused Forum Meetings

It’s very hard to get 6-10 people to carve out 3-4 hours each month to fully unplug to support, learn, and grow with each other. …

Increase Your Energy
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VIRTUAL MODERATOR TIP – Increase Your Energy

You know how they say people look 15 lbs (7 kg) heavier on camera? Well, the same is true for your energy on camera, but …

Grab The Void
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Grab The Void

In normal Forum flow, after someone finishes talking, there is usually a small gap of silence, which I’m calling The Void. Us humans don’t like …

Opening Pulse
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Opening Pulse

It’s good to start each Forum meeting with an opening pulse to get a sense of where everyone is at mentally, emotionally, and physically. The …