These are unprecedented times and come with great turmoil, uncertainty, and “oh my goodness I am a learning and development professional but am struggling to help my third grader with some basic math” moments.
As a parent with three kids, I am so impressed with how school administrators and teachers have handled this whole situation on a moment’s notice. I think there are a lot of lessons of adaptability and working within the bounds of your resources that we could glean from these heroes.
To keep kids on track and engaged in schoolwork, my elementary-aged kids have regularly scheduled video conferences with their teachers and classmates. At first, while watching these I was just enamored with how excited everyone was to see each other. All those cute little faces! Then, as I kept watching these, I realized that the teachers (most of who are leading these and using this technology for the first time) are doing an amazing job! They are corralling 18-20 kids for an hour and being productive.
Now, I am sure most of us are used to attending video conferences, but perhaps you are being called to lead video conferences now or maybe you need to have more video conferences with your direct team to keep your business moving forward. For learning and development professionals, we are moving classroom-based experiences to virtual instructor-led webinars and doing more video team meetings and training recap meetings that would normally be face-to-face.
Leading these types of meetings can be nerve-wracking, but as I watched my kids and their teachers, there are some things I have learned that I think can help any professional that is having to facilitate video conferences more often.