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Episode Summary

Meet the virtual leader of Geoteaming – he’s been virtually meeting for over 35 years. He’s hosted virtual meetings on Prodigy. He can juggle 8 screens of information at a time. He has planned an international conference for 200 for Microsoft. John started Geoteaming 23 years ago and is a recognized thought leader on engaging virtual meetings. He is the John Wiley and Sons author of “Engaging Virtual Meetings” and “50 Digital Team Building Games”, a top-selling business book. His work has earned him multiple awards. More than 230,000 clients across the United States and in countries including Spain, France, and Taiwan have experienced breakthrough results. John is the extreme leader of Geoteaming – he climbs mountains, walks on fire, swims with dolphins in the wild, rides Harleys, organizes Super Bowl Suites while meeting with people from around the world from his computer. When you meet John, you will encounter a dynamic, energetic, and effective facilitator who makes friends with everyone. He will help you and your team become the top 1% at what you do.

Episode Note

One of the biggest changes in the business world is the shift from in-person meetings to virtual ones. And as with most changes, you'll find people who are hesitant and even outright against these changes. But then we have people who were willing to give it a try in the beginning who are now finding themselves sick and tired of Zoom meeting after Zoom meeting. John Chen, is the author of "Engaging Virtual Meetings" and he truly believes that nobody really hates virtual meetings for the sake of simply hating it. Today, we go over the many personal, emotional and psychological factors that can help revitalize and change people's treatment of virtual meetings and help teams communicate effectively, even if they're miles apart.

06:52 - How do we encourage our teams to perform at the highest level if people are starting to systemically reject being virtual.

13:30 - There are some people who just don't like change.

18:26 - One reason why people don't like virtual conference calls is because they don't like how they look on camera or they don't like the sound of their voice.

34:35 - John Chen on his book, "Engaging Virtual Meetings"

41:43 - What's the first thing that people should do to create virtual safety.

53:52 - The hard stuff is easy; the soft stuff is hard

1:02:07 - Put yourself in an environment that you feel good about

1:10:04 - Let the inmates run the asylum

1:14:00 - What made John Chen write his book on virtual meetings

1:29:45 - Winning teams never shut up

1:31:59 - John's passionate plea to entrepreneurs

If you feel like your teams are not communicating as effectively as they were inside the conference room, John Chen is holding a conference on October 21 on Engaging Virtual Meetings. The conference (which will take place virtually, of course) will go over common reasons why people are objecting and rejecting virtual meetings and the steps they can take to not only make virtual meetings as good as in-person ones, but to make full use of technology to make virtual meetings even better.

To register, simply click this link: http://engagingvirtualmeetings.com/conference

Watch here to know more


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Production credit:

Engineering / Post-Production: Jim McCarthy
Art / Design: Immanuel Ahiable

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