I’ve said on several occasions, that I’m not keen on the idea of running virtual training programmes and workshops. I believe that when you all get in the same room and breathe the same air, something different happens, that is impossible to recreate through virtual media.
Having said that, I’m very mindful that this may the only option we have available to us for some weeks or months to come. That getting in the same room may be impossible for a time. Consequently, this conundrum has been on my mind. Am I just being a bit of a Luddite? Is it, in fact, perfectly possible to run successful workshops via virtual media?
The reality is, I don’t know. But I’m about to find out. I’m going to take the plunge and run some events on-line. In the same way that I’ve had to run a lot of meetings virtually, that I would have preferred to do face-to-face.
What I’m hoping is going to happen, not just for me, but for everyone is this:
If we make more use of virtual communications technology, we’ll get more comfortable and confident with it. And once we’re comfortable and confident with it, we’ll be able to distinguish between the kind of interaction that lends itself to virtual meetings and the interactions where we do in fact benefit form being together in the same room in reality.
I’d love to hear your thoughts, experiences and plans.