Training delivered virtually is an effective way to engage teams in high-quality professional development opportunities.
It’s flexible, allowing employees to participate from anywhere in the world. This allows organizations to train large numbers of employees at once without the need for costly travel expenses.
It’s easily customized to meet the specific needs of individual employees or departments.
It allows for interactive and engaging learning experiences. Virtual programs can include a variety of multimedia elements that make the learning process more engaging and effective.
We provided technical support and digital facilitation for a series of virtual workshops that were designed by our client.
The workshops, delivered over three days, taught teams about the process of Creative Problem Solving and provided them with tools and a repeatable process for collaboration that they could apply in their day-to-day work. Team members also gained insight to how each person best contributes to group problem solving, based on their thinking preferences.
As a unique way for teams to practice their problem solving skills, the workshop presented participants with a real-world problem from the client. Each team was invited to use their new Creative Problem Solving skills and insights to develop a solution in a Shark-Tank-style challenge. On the final afternoon they made a presentation to a committee of three judges, all of whom were senior managers. Everybody got feedback and a winner was declared!
Read on to learn about the tech tools we use to support the process and tools being taught, enhance divergent and convergent thinking, and facilitate collaboration on solution development and implementation.
We had to prove that virtual training is effective – even over multiple sessions!
With many different breakout rooms and groups of various sizes to manage and coordinate, their facilitators had to be focused. Fortunately, our back end crew had things handled behind the scenes so their facilitators could focus on presenting the workshop material.
Technology is a key tool for expanding event effectiveness. Our client chose FourSight, which is an online assessment that helps people understand their collaboration strengths, and Stormz is our go-to digital facilitation platform to facilitate brainstorming and much more.
One of our favourite things about Stormz is that contributions are anonymous, so it adds a certain amount of freedom for even the most introverted of participants to come up with ideas. Stormz is also intuitive and easy to use; participants jump right in and start brainstorming with little prompting.
This workshop is one of the highest rated marketing courses in the client’s company, and the training has expanded internationally. This client has embraced virtual training almost exclusively because of its efficacy and global access.
It’s important to play the right type of music for the group to set the mood!
Set a breakout room timer for 60 seconds to allow time to wrap up energetic discussions.
Via client debriefs after each workshop, we are always finding ways to improve the workshop flow, content and Stormz design.
Since 2020, we have supported 14 of these workshops!
That’s over 520 people trained, across the United States, Asia and Europe.