How to hold a great virtual meeting
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Rendel Jeff Rendel, Certified Speaking Professional, and President of Rising Above Enterprises works with credit unions that want elite results in sales, service, and strategy. Each year, he addresses and facilitates … Web: www.risingaboveenterprises.com Details Face-to-face, in-person meetings carry a lot of value – teamwork, networking, and catching up – but, sometimes, virtual meetings are timelier and more convenient, if not downright necessary. Like a live meeting, virtual meetings take just as much preparation – and a little more patience – to ensure success. Here are ten tips to help assure your next virtual meeting (Slack, WebEx, Zoom, etc.) is as productive as having the entire team onsite.Assign a facilitator. If kept unchecked, virtual meetings can get a little out of hand (distance, buffering, over-talking, etc.). Task the facilitator with keeping the meeting on track and managing appropriate involvement (and, respect your request of the facilitator, too).Work from an agenda. Send an agenda to all – well-ahead of time – and work from it. Expect that participants come prepared with comments or questions for dialogue.Come prepared to contribute. This requires all to pre-read, conduct due diligence, and plan to participate. This helps create strong ideas and solutions during the meeting, rather than a lot of “Let me get back to you” remarks.Use a call-in number. Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is contemporary; but, occasionally Internet audio lacks good quality. A dial-in number is dedicated to audio; but, be mindful of too many speaking at the same time (mobile call-ins tend to cut other lines off).Turn the video feature “On.” It’s a fantastic way to make everyone feel that they are in the same room. Plus, being on camera compels engagement (which is what you need from any meeting).Eliminate distractions. Sign off email, close your web browser, shut your door, and put the cat in another room (seriously; email me if you want to hear the story). Any distraction lessens your attention and diminishes your focus for the meeting.Involve everyone. While not all will equally contribute, hearing from each is vital. As facilitator, go “around the room” several times to make sure everyone can take part.Use the “Raise Hand” feature. In person facilitation is straightforward; one can manage the flow of conversation by being present. When many are part of the discussion, raise your virtual hand so the facilitator knows you have some feedback.Use visuals. While it’s good to see everyone on screen, it’s equally nice to see the highlights of the conversation. Use the notetaking and screen sharing features of your video conferencing platform.Keep meetings to one hour. Attention spans begin to wane, and effectiveness can dip: more reason for a good agenda. If extra time is needed, take a 30-minute break to think about solutions offered and return with a focus on results.Virtual meeting technology allows communication between teams at a distance to be more routine. Success during these meetings asks that we respect time and be present. Commitment to both helps organizations and professionals meet and move forward, regardless of location.
EasyJet and Volotea are introducing five new lines for Istria
In the summer flight schedule for 2018, the British low-cost airline EasyJet is introducing seven new routes to Croatia, including four to Pula.New routes to the Istrian airport in Pula open from Basel, Liverpool, London (Southend Airport) and Milan (Malpensa Airport) and start at the end of July:26/7/2018 Basel – Tuesdays and Saturdays29/7/2018 Liverpool – Wednesdays and Sundays28/7/2018 London / Southend – Tuesdays and Sundays25/7/2018 Milan / Malpensa – Mondays, Wednesdays and FridaysWith two new lines from London / Southend and Venice to Dubrovnik and from Berlin / Schönefeld to Zadar, EasyJet offers a total of 46 lines to Croatian destinations – Dubrovnik, Split, Zadar and Pula. The leading European airline Easyjet thus continues to expand into the Croatian market, connecting European capitals with Croatian destinations. Let us remind you that in 2017, the company introduced eight new flights to Croatia. “We are very excited to launch seven new routes from Croatia next year, offering over a million points for sale during 2018 to and from Croatia. We expect a record summer with more than 3.100 flights and more than 540.000 seats that we offer for sale to and from Croatia in July and August 2018. ” points out Ali Gayward, the company’s director for the United KingdomThe airline has transported a record number of passengers to and from Croatia in the last twelve months, or more than 910.000 passengers, an increase of 35 percent over the previous year. EasyJet flies with a fleet of over 279 aircraft on more than 880 routes through 140 airports in 31 countries. It connects Croatia with six European countries and more than 23 destinations across Europe.Flights from Nantes to Pula in 2018In 2018, Volotea will introduce a new route from France to Croatia, which will connect Nantes with the Istrian peninsula.Volotea planes will land at Pula Airport for the first time, and the regular line will operate once a week, on Wednesdays, from May 30 to the end of September. He will arrive in Pula around 11am, and the return flight to Nantes is at 11:30am. “It is a great success of four years of efforts and joint actions of the Istrian Tourist Board, Pula Airport and the Paris office of the Croatian Tourist Board. The Tourist Board of the Istrian County, in cooperation with the airline Volotea, has prepared additional media space for the promotion of Istria on the French market, and it is agreed to appear at the tourist fair in Nantes, from 26 to 28 January 2018.”Point out from the Tourist Board of the Istrian County.The Spanish Volotea is the fastest growing airline on the French market, for which Croatia is one of the key destinations, which is shown by the increase in seats from European to Croatian destinations by as much as 44 percent in 2018. These are a total of six new airlines, and from France, in addition to the line to Pula, the one from Nice to Split is also opening.Germania, the world leader in renting boats online Globasialor, and Thalasso Numero1 and OVoyages, the most important French tour operator specializing in wellness tourism, which has announced its arrival in Croatia in 2018, have also shown great interest in Croatia on the French market.
Love, hard work and time transforms Queenslander into dream home
The rumpus room after the renovation. Picture: supplied.“Like with most old Queenslanders, nothing was ever square and the 100-year-old hardwood ensured we broke many a power tool,” she said. “The old kitchen area (was the most challenging). The floor was covered in old black glue from the existing vinyl and we were determined to keep the original floor boards. “It took us weeks of scraping the glue off with a blow torch in the end, so the boards could be sanded and restored to their original beauty.” Jenny and Ben Mears in the new kitchen and lounge room of their completely renovated Kurwongba Queenslander. Picture: Annette DewLOOKING at Ben and Jenny Mears’ Queenslander today it is hard to imagine the couple once had to spend weeks scrapping old glue off timber floorboards to save the original feature.When the couple first laid eyes on their Kurwongbah home more than a decade ago it was painted mint green, had outdated bathrooms and vinyl flooring covered the original floorboards in the kitchen. But Mrs Mears said it was love at first sight. “Being an interior designer and stylist, I could see the potential. My husband could see the work but all I could see was potential,” she said. “It just needed love.” The house at 41 Scout Rd, Kurwongbah before the renovation. Picture: supplied.The triple gabled Queenslander once stood in a Brisbane suburb but was moved to an 8000sq m block at 41 Scout Rd, Kurwongbah in the 1970s. The Mears’ bought the property 11 years ago and moved in with their two sons. The couple said they “chipped away” at the renovation for 10 years. “The first two years were extremely busy and we worked on it nearly every day,” Mrs Mears said. “We did a lot of the work ourselves except for the major building works.“A lot of earth works were done to allow for a shed and front entrance and patio. Nothing in the house was left untouched.” The rumpus room before the renovation. Picture: supplied.There is a dining room and a living area towards the front of the home while a master bedroom, bathroom and office complete the upstairs level. Downstairs there are four more bedrooms, with an ensuite to one, plus a bathroom, laundry, living area, large rumpus room with wet bar and two patios.Mrs Mears said they faced plenty of challenges during the renovation. More from newsNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoNoosa unit prices hit new record high as region booms: REIQ12 hours agoThe home at 41 Scout Road, Kurwongbah, after the renovation. Picture: supplied.The couple redesigned the entire house, added a deck along the back and a double garage at the front, and completely renovated the property throughout. The home retains character features including original timber floors, VJ walls, a bay window and ornate ceilings, but it now has a new open-plan kitchen and meals area opening to the back deck and a lounge room with fireplace where the old kitchen once was. The kitchen before the renovation.Mrs Mears said her favourite spaces in the post-renovation home were the deck and lounge room. “It is very peaceful on the back deck in both summer and winter overlooking the gumtrees and bushland,” she said. “With the fire going in the lounge room, it’s a very cosy space and a great place to unwind at the end of the day with a nice glass of wine.” And while Mr and Mrs Mears love their Kurwongbah Queenslander they have decided to downsize and have listed the property for sale through Georgie Haug of Belle Property Samford.
The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football
Aurier posted a picture on Instagram on Tuesday appearing to show off a new haircut and sitting next to a stylist who was tagged in the post.The Premier League club says it is “investigating the circumstances and will deal with the incident appropriately.”The 27-year-old right back has been forced to apologize twice for breaking lockdown rules during the suspension of the Premier League because of the coronavirus pandemic. He posted a video of himself running with a friend and also training with Tottenham teammate Moussa Sissoko.___French rugby club Toulon plans to resume training next month in small groups of three players amid the coronavirus pandemic. Appearing on CNN, Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk says he hopes the Hurricanes can play this fall and that safety would be the top priority.“They will probably play in empty stadiums, like so many other sports,” Frenk said. “But we hope to have a season and we hope to have a winning season.”Speaking on MSNBC, Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.“The team itself, I feel we can manage that one,” Jenkins said. “Then the question is people in the stands. We have an 85,000-person stadium. Can we get 85,000 people in there? That will be a big challenge to do that. But could we get a smaller number — 10,000, 15,000, 20,000? I don’t know. I don’t know the answer to that question. That’s something we’ll have to think through.”___ The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament.The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II.Asahi newspaper president Masataka Watanabe says “the decision is needed to protect the health of the players, officials and fans.”The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.The summer tournament was scheduled to start in August at Koshien Stadium in Nishinomiya. A smaller spring tournament was canceled earlier. The Portuguese league was set to resume at the end of May but its start was delayed until June 4 so there was time to rigorously inspect stadiums and conduct medical tests on all professionals involved in the matches.The league was stopped with Porto leading Benfica by one point with 10 rounds to go.___Soccer players in Africa and the Americas are receiving food packages from their union while the sport is shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players in Botswana, Egypt, Colombia, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay and Uruguay were identified as getting food aid by world players’ union FIFPro. Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease.Mariappa says on the websites of British newspapers The Daily Telegraph and The Daily Mail he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.”The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” He says he has spent lockdown dividing his time between homeschooling and following Watford’s fitness program.Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus.Tests on 748 people were conducted from 19 of the 20 Premier League clubs on Sunday and Monday. The 20th club started testing on Tuesday. ___Rayo Vallecano players have returned to training after the Spanish soccer club accepted some of their salary demands.The players from the second-division club had not practiced this week as a protest for not being taken off furlough. They had only trained individually at home.The club says it met with players and decided to change their furlough conditions now that group sessions have begun and their workload increased.Most soccer clubs in Spain used government furloughs to reduce their labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Latest: Miami, Notre Dame optimistic for football The three-time European champions say their players and coaching staff will have blood and heart tests next week at their training center.The groups of three will jog, do bodybuilding and work on their fitness levels in specially marked zones to avoid contact with others.France came out of lockdown on May 11. Toulon hopes players can train in groups of 8-12 in July and return to full training in August.___Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says some players “are being stranded in terms of income.”FIFPro represents players in 65 countries. The union says most players have contracts paying them salaries comparable to national averages.Baer-Hoffmann says the vast majority of soccer players are “under the same financial pressures as the rest of society.”___Tottenham is looking into whether defender Serge Aurier has broken social-distancing rules for the third time. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played, though both raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely. ___The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections.All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches.The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities.The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted. Players from second-division club Elche also refused to practice at the team’s training center last week and the club also eventually complied with their demands.The Spanish soccer season is expected to resume on the second weekend of June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar.The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world.Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”Al Thawadi says organizers want a “a price range that is affordable for fans and a price range that is workable, functionable for the industry, for service providers, for the supply chain that is responsible for delivering the World Cup.”___ May 20, 2020