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Virtual team meetings (teleconferences, webinars, video conferences, etc.) are increasing in popularity as organizations look for ways to decrease costs and increase productivity, service delivery, and employee well being. Virtual meetings can be as effective as face-to-face meetings, at only a fraction of the cost; however, the effectiveness of these meetings is constantly threatened 70% of participants in teleconferences and other virtual team meetings admit to being distracted during the events by other work activities.
This audio recording of an interview with Claire Sookman, a leading expert for over 15 years on virtual team management, reveals solutions to many common virtual team problems. She shares:
* How to use language effectively to facilitate communication and participation
* 6 ways for reducing distractions during virtual meetings, keeping participants engaged and increasing the flow of information
* How to create more structure for virtual meetings to facilitate team bonding and collaboration
* 3 techniques for dealing with challenging or difficult team members
* 5 additional ways to encourage collaboration and build relationships
* 3 things to avoid when managing virtual teams
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Distinguished as Canada s pioneer in virtual team building, she specializes in helping teams that are geographically dispersed reduce their costs and reach their maximum potential, through training, coaching consulting and designing.
As the driving force behind the training/consulting firm of Virtual Team Builders, Claire Sookman brings to the table over a decade s worth of corporate training experience, working with well over 4,500 Managers in the past three years alone Specializing in virtual team building and communication strategies, Claire's company provides training that enables global teams to work more efficiently and effectively.
Claire's personalized, focused seminars have garnered numerous accolades, putting her services in high demand Worldwide. Some of her clients include: AT&T, Weyerhaeuser, CIBC, TD/Canada Trust, Siemens, Bell Canada, Ministry of Correctional Services, USDA Forest Services, Sick Kids, Orange FT and the Insurance Board of Ontario.
In addition to acting as a consultant and trainer, Claire has participated in a range of public speaking conferences including: Project World, Seminars World, CEPEX, Federated Press, Institute For International Research, Human Resource Professional Association and McMaster s World Congress. In addition, Claire s articles have been published in CIO magazine, Computer World, Network World and in the Training Report. Claire is also a published author on Virtual Teams.
Distinguished as Canada s pioneer in virtual team building, Claire s Virtual Team Certificate Program helps reduce costs and teaches global teams to work more effectively together.
Her polished communication and training skills were honed though both practical and educational channels including a Master Trainer Certification through Langevin learning Services. Claire s technical expertise in training is complimented by the Canadian Association for Professional Speakers and a long-standing association with Toastmasters International.
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