Judy Rees and Steve McCann

Judy Rees introduced scores of trainers, coaches, and facilitators to the joy of live online training – including within large organisations such as the RSA.

For the last three years, she’s hosted of one of the world’s first online-video unconferences, Metaphorum, which connects 150 people around the world in a 13-hour live-learning marathon. As a news editor, and later as a media executive, she also managed large remote teams for many years.

The co-author of Clean Language: Revealing Metaphors And Opening Minds, Judy is a regular keynote speaker at Agile and other events around the world.

Steve McCann spent more than three decades leading, managing and collaborating with teams and people in high risk and disparate places - as an Army Officer, in the UN and for fifteen years in humanitarian risk management.

Increasingly this work included more and more remote and hybrid communication, where the opportunities to miscommunicate increase with the dislocations of place, time and culture.

Direct experience of the cost and misery created by avoidable communication failures made him a strong advocate of the learnable strategies and practical actions for great human-to-human communication.

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When More Isn't Merrier: How To Increase Participation When You've Got Too Many People In Your Online Meeting

May 14, 2019 by Judy Rees and Steve McCann in remote work (3 minute read)

“The more, the merrier in meetings. You can now have up to 250 participants! … Just right for that quarterly all-hands get-together.”

The announcement from a leading video conference system supplier made my heart sink.

NO! That's NOT just right. 

Thanks to the magic of videoconferencing, you can instantly talk at all your people, all over the world - and of course that's useful in some circumstances.

But it’s not a get-together. It's not bringing anyone together. 

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Topics: remote work