Hi there gang, it’s been a bit since I posted here. But I figured I’d share some things I learned from this last Zoom call that I had yesterday. The topic of the call was what I’m calling Mental Blindness. It’s a metaphor for how much confidence we have in an ability that we may, or may not, see in ourselves. It’s a bit more complex than that, but that’s for future Zoom calls. Overall, the call went well. A few friends showed up, better turnout than last time by double. Here is a list of a few things. I figured I’d be transparent because maybe you all can learn a thing or two.
Key Takeaways From a Zoom Call
- Have a better agenda, I tend to be really lax about things like that
- Stick to a time schedule, again, I am pretty relaxed about that, too.
Have a formal structure, aka, an agenda. Anyone see a pattern here? On that note, I’ll just say that one of the participants who didn’t know me actually left the meeting because she thought it would be more of a formal presentation. While I did indeed feel slighted, at first, by this, I realized that it was a fair point. I’ve never done screen sharing via Zoom and have yet to really develop a PowerPoint style presentation on these topics. So that combination could definitely be seen as a deterrent. Back to the bulleted list, now
Be careful when mentioning organizations if you know one of the people on the call is not in said organization. This relates to my background as a coach. It makes people feel kind of awkward. I call it Third Wheel Syndrome
Group coaching is ok. I’ve done group coaching only in the context of the classes I took at the Coaches Training Institute (CTI)
If people know that I am going to coach them around this concept and others are listening, then they know not to share too much. That said, confidentiality is a must, see the next point.
- Design the alliance, a CTI term for, set up an agenda and ground rules for coaching, no matter how much people may know about CTI or coaching in general.
- Get a presentation together on the topic. Again, I’m not that great with Powerpoint, but it would help people who are sighted to have a visual. Even an email handout would help.
- Get an email list going. Yeah, that’s a whole ball o’ wax that I won’t start melting now. But a way for people to subscribe so I know how many to expect would help. Social media is great, but eventually, a subscription list would be nice. That’s about it, really. Some of the topics overlap. But I wanted to put it out in the space of learning, training, self-growth, and experience. I also forgot to record the call, oops. Well, for posterity, I’ll have to record it next time. All for now, if you are interested in scheduling a sample session, contact me here.
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