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After more than a year and a half of online encounters in different formats, we do still notice that some key principles of online moderation very often are hardly reflected. So here find a few key things to consider that we deem very important:

  1. Online meetings differ from face-to-face meetings. Keep them short and plan sufficient breaks

  2. It is a challenge to maintain concentration in online settings. Plan sessions as concise as possible, with a clear agenda and envisioned outcomes. Keep the meeting lively and interactive and avoid long presentations

  3. Although people are already familiar with the tool, still technical issues can occur. Plan in sufficient time for technical testing before the meeting starts, so that technical settings work for all participants and you can start in time

  4. A conversation over a cup of coffee is not possible in online rooms. Do not forget the social aspect when designing your meetings. Depending on how well participants already know each other, offer room for personal exchange, by applying methods to combine introduction rounds with informal exchange between participants (e.g. find commonalities, describe the place where you are, what you see outside, etc.) or offer specific sessions for team building.

  5. Visualisation is important! There are a list of digital whiteboard tools, like Miro, MURAL, or google jamboard. Use them! They also provide one of the advantages of online meetings: you can harvest directly the results of working on a shared board and you do not have to spend time afterwards trying to decipher the handwriting of participants ;)

#moderation #meetings #onlinemoderation #onlinefacilitation #onlineworkshops #5keythingsforonlinemoderation #parkourworkshops

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According to the motto "moving mind in a moving body", the philosophers in ancient Greece dealt with the big questions of life while walking. The peripatetics (peripatos = Greek colonnade), the pupils of Aristotle, met in the hall and philosophised together while strolling.

Our experience is that ideas flow while walking! Depending on the time and the question, specific topics and challenges can be dealt with in short walks or even mountain hikes, using the exertion of walking uphill or the concentration while walking downhill. Our whole body is supplied with oxygen, ideas just flow naturally.

PARKOUR supports teams in their creative processes, designs, organises and moderates walkshops and walk & talks, adapted to the respective topics and the participants.

Here you find more about Aristotle and philosophizing while walking.

#moderation #facilitation #workshopformats #workshops #walkandtalk #walkshop #philosophers #philosophy #movingmind #parkourworkshops

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The forest keeps us fit and healthy. Meanwhile, numerous studies have shown that a stay in the forest works like a kind of aromatherapy. By inhaling the essential oils that the trees give off into the air, our immune system is strengthened. Anxiety, depression and anger are reduced, stress hormones can be reduced and vitality increases. In addition, due to the terpenes contained in the forest air, our bodies produce more killer cells that are effective against cancer. A regular, conscious stay in the forest is therefore recommended. Be it for walks, quiet lingering or simply dangling with your soul. If you come into contact with the forest in silence and with attention, not only are the healthy influences of the forest effective, but mindfulness and deceleration are also practiced at the same time.

It is therefore advisable to use exercises in the forest for workshops and seminars. Various forest bathing areas or rest areas in the forest are very suitable for coming together at a walkshop and collecting new ideas. The participants come back relaxed and with fresh inspiration from nature.

#forest #walkingintheforest #forestbathing #walkshop #walkandtalk #freshairforfreshthoughts #workshop #parkourworkshops

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