If you’re running online live meetings and workshops on Zoom or Teams, then you need to start them properly, briefly and respectfully to the learners who don’t want to faff around anymore.
I use RAMP to remind me what to do:
- R – Roles for everyone – do you want them to get involved, turn on audios, ask questions as you go—set expectations.
- A – Agenda – make sure you have a plan and stick to the timings. People have more meetings on Video during the day and leave very little time in-between, so make sure you always stick to a schedule.
- M – motivation. Make them want to learn. WIIFM – what’s in it for me – what benefits will they derive? How will the content help them do their job better, easier, faster? How much more money will they make, what time savings can they achieve?
- P – Pin. Teach them how to pin people’s video streams so they appear full screen. Show them how to pin you, since your video stream has your slides built-in (don’t use Zooms share facility – It’s clunky and painful)
That’s it. Now get on with your workshop or meeting. And please, no icebreakers, that was for a different world, we’ve evolved since then.