IAF Methods Database Newsletter

Dear colleagues,
Welcome to the IAF-Methods Database Newsletter. The season is changing this month, a reminder, I suppose that all is changing around us.
There are a growing number of tools for facilitating videoconferences and teleconferences. Here is one of the simplest for enhancing personal contact during a teleconference. It is simple, but does take a bit of preparation beforehand.
Method of the Month
The Teleconference Roundtable
Purpose
To provide a visual connection with the voices heard during a teleconference.
Steps
Preparation:
Prior to your teleconference, ask each participant for a small photo that may be used with the rest of the teleconference participants. Make a document with a circle in the center of the page. Put the title, date and time of the teleconference into the circle. Add the agenda or focus question if you wish. Place the photos and names of everyone on the call around the circle. I like to put my own name as facilitator at the 6:00 position, and the content expert or speaker, when there is one, at 12:00. Send out the roundtable before the teleconference and ask participants to have it in front of them during the call.

Instructions:
While facilitating the teleconference, use the virtual roundtable to orient participants to one another. You may go “around the table” for introductions or questions, you may have each person ask a question of the “person on your left” and so forth.

Last Month's Poll
Last month’s Poll raised the question, Which setup do you most frequently select for a workshop of around 20 people?There was larger participation than usual in the poll, but still only the first two responses got votes, the most unanimous response to any poll we have ever had! I am wondering what happened to all of you who don’t care for using tables? In any case, do have a look. The responses were:

Tables and chairs in a U arrangement 39%
Several small tables with 4 or 5 chairs at each one61%
Chairs in a circle without any tables0%
Sofas and armchairs facing one another0%
One large table with everyone seated around it0%

If you have a suggestion for a poll please contact us!