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Article Series - Remote Meetings

Working remotely is becoming routine: more than two-thirds of knowledge workers around the world work away from the office at least once every week. But in many organisations, more remote work has led to disconnection, isolation, and an erosion of cultures that supported creative collaboration and disruptive innovation.

Remote meetings are the most important way for teams to stay connected. They can be far more useful than text-based, asynchronous systems when it comes to challenging conversations such as troubleshooting, giving difficult feedback, or working together to develop great ideas. 

But while remote meeting technology is steadily improving, outdated remote meeting practices aren’t keeping pace with changes in the way teams work. For example, rigid agendas and command-style chairmanship, near-obsolete when it comes to in-person meetings, are still common online. 

In this series we’ll look at how teams worldwide are successfully facilitating complex conversations, remotely. And we’ll share practical steps that you can take, right now, to upgrade the remote conversations that fill your working days.

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Series Contents


Mastering Remote Meetings: How To Get - and Keep - Your Participants Engaged

Increasingly, software development is seen as a creative, collaborative undertaking. If poor remote meetings are impeding collaboration, how much damage could that be doing?

Article by: Judy Rees


Great Global Meetings: Navigating Cultural Differences

Navigating cross-cultural differences can be hard enough when team members are face-to-face, but when most communications are through some kind of technology—email, phone, IM, video, or online conferencing—it becomes infinitely more complex.

Article by: Nancy Settle-Murphy


Can Your Meeting Kit Cut It?

Alongside the rise of technology, the past century has seen amazing advances in our understanding of how we can best work together in groups.  High-performing organizations worldwide have developed systems that build on these advances. It’s time to get rid of the old conference room designs and focus on infrastructure and facilitation that create presence for all participants — in the flesh and remote.

Article by: Lisette Sutherland and Elise Keith


Remote Meetings Reflect Distributed Team Culture

Are you having problems connecting with people in your distributed meetings? Do you feel like you and your remote colleagues don’t meet goals in your meetings? The problem may not be with the meetings. It might be the culture in which you run your meetings.

Article by: Mark Kilby


Strengthen Distributed Teams with Social Conversations

Yes, online meetings should result in outcomes; they should follow agendas or meeting plans and should be run efficiently. But, there is an aspect of remote team meetings that often gets overlooked—the opportunity to strengthen relationships with our team members.

Article by: Pilar Orti

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Judy Rees is a facilitator, consultant, and trainer, mostly working online. As a former journalist and editor she’s been working in—and leading—distributed teams since before there was an internet! For more than ten years she’s been facilitating and training online, over phone conference at first before video came along. Her current live online courses include Remote Agile Facilitator for Adventures With Agile, and Facilitating Exceptional Remote Learning for ICAgile. She’s the co-author of a recorded online mini-course Engaging Distant Participants. Her weekly linkletter connects more than 3,500 readers to resources around remote work, facilitation, Clean Language and more. Learn more at

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