Facilitating Virtual Events I Online

Facilitating Virtual Events I Online (photo: bruce@legophotofy.com)To register for scheduled public dates for this course, please visit ICA:UK. For in-house and tailored training, please contact me.


Are you ready for more online working?  Learn and practice ways to make online events participatory, engaging and productive (6-7 x2 hour sessions, online)

The world is changing. COVID 19 has challenged us to move many of our meetings online, while the Climate Crisis encourages us to make online interactions part of our regular practice in the future. With technology rapidly developing, facilitators have a unique opportunity to contribute significantly to people’s virtual experience, making meetings more inclusive, more effective and more fun!

Who this course is for

This course is intended for anyone who is experiencing the growing demand for effective online meetings and who wishes to develop their skills as both facilitators and producers of online meetings and discussions.

Anyone who is leading virtual meetings, virtual training, or webinars in the private, public or voluntary sector including Project Managers, Team Leaders, Facilitators, Trainers, Coaches, Community Activists

Questions this course answers

“How can I continue to function effectively during COVID 19? How can I design and deliver interactive, engaging online events, allow people to exchange experience and knowledge, pay attention to issues of diversity, inclusion and power, produce compelling documentation, and reduce travel and venue costs as well?”

What you will gain

  • Learn to lead engaging online meetings that elicit innovative thinking and creative problem-solving.
  • Gain competency leading virtual meetings regardless of platform, and an introduction to the ToP Focused Conversation method
  • Build your confidence as a virtual facilitator.
  • Learn tools and techniques for eliciting participation, virtual meeting design, and five best practices.

Learning style

The course is divided into 6 sessions, held online twice a week. Each session lasts for 2 hours. For those interested, there is an optional 7th session, focusing specifically on holding large events online. Download the Facilitating Virtual Events I Online 2020 course outline (pdf).

The course is delivered using Zoom but is intended to be ‘platform agnostic’. If people wish to run their practice sessions via a different platform, that would be encouraged.

Each group will be limited to 18 participants to ensure high levels of interaction and personal attention. Participants experience practical, hands-on learning:

  • Practice – integrate learning by designing a virtual ToP Focused Conversation with a partner, and by practicing as facilitators and producers, with the rest of the class acting as participants.
  • Feedback – receive peer and instructor feedback during practice sessions.
  • Classroom – seven virtual sessions using Zoom.
  • Assignments – some light exploratory ‘homework’ would be provided between sessions, e.g. setting up participants’ own Zoom preferences, researching icebreakers and energisers, comparing different documentation tools etc.
  • Resources – we will provide an ‘asynchronous’ discussion forum (Basecamp) for posting of ‘homework’, uploading of session chat and recordings, and conducting between session discussions, as a way of deepening learning.

Assumptions and Requirements

  • All participants should have a basic competence in Zoom
  • The language of delivery will be English
  • Each participant will be required to have their own account with an online platform (Zoom or another), so that they can practice setting up and running a meeting.
  • Each participant will be requested to have their own headset with integrated microphone, or earbuds with microphone
  • Each participant will be requested to join via a laptop/desktop rather than a tablet or phone

Your trainers

For this course I am pleased to be working in partnership with a wide team of trainers, many of whom were involved in the design of this course originally and who bring extensive online knowledge and experience – view our profiles.  At least two of us will be involved in the delivery of each course, and every session.


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