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 I call “The Essential Five.” For your Forum, if nothing else, make sure these essential five emails go out to the group between meetings. 1) Pre-Forum Prep – This email […]

The Ideal Moderator

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 would be fine. But I’ve changed my mind. As I’ve mentioned before, the moderator is in charge of the overall direction of the Forum. They set the agenda for the […]

Pre-Setting The Speaking Order

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 especially true for virtual Forum meetings. The alternative to having the moderator continuously call out the name of the person who’s turn is next is to create a Speaking Order […]

A Pre-Forum Teaser Update

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 anticipation for the Forum meeting and the Monthly Updates, try out doing a “Teaser Update” before the meeting. A Teaser Update is a one-sentence update to the group that hints […]

Leveraging Virtual Break Out Rooms

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 meetings, this works fine; however, doing so in a virtual setting causes some people to space out because it requires a lot of sitting and listening while on mute to […]

Silencing A Chatty McChatster

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. Ultimately, this leads to friction within the group and should be dealt with sooner rather than later. Here are six ways to deal with an overly talkative Forum member: Strict […]

Five Ways To Create Hyper-Focused Forum Meetings

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. By hard, I mean it’s nearly impossible. That’s why the time in Forum is special and should be treated as such. Here are four ways to create hyper-focus within our […]

VIRTUAL MODERATOR TIP – Increase Your Energy

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 it’s the opposite. You will be perceived as having 15% less energy when on camera than when in person. This is due to the physical distance and the two-dimensional aspect […]

Grab The Void

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 to have silence linger too long in group settings, so someone is going to jump in and grab The Void. As the Moderator of the Forum, your job is to […]

Opening Pulse

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 opening pulse can be in the form of one word or one breath. As the Forum moderator, it’s good to know how everyone is feeling as they enter into the […]