We’re getting requests from clients who want our help to train hybrid audiences well. The biggest issues that must be addressed relate to inclusion and engagement. It’s challenging for a presenter to attend to the needs of two audiences: the one in the physical training room, and the ones working from home.
If you’ve been invited to participate in a hybrid training session from your home office, it can sometimes feel as if you were invited to a wedding but made to stand outside in the bushes peering in through the dirty chapel windows.
Having remote trainees call into a conference room and watch the onsite proceedings from afar is a recipe for boredom and multitasking. As you design and facilitate hybrid events, consider how every segment will include and engage your remote audience. The goal is to create a level playing field for all participants.
One of the best ways to do that is to ask everyone to log in on individual laptops to the video conference session – even those physically present. That way, the presenter can pose polls, include chat discussions, and conduct whiteboarding activities within the platform, not just in the physical conference room.
What do you do to ensure that all participants are able to participate actively in your hybrid learning events? Email me at email@example.com and share your suggestions.