How to “wow” in online meetings for researchers

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the world to move online. Post-pandemic, an increasing number of meetings, events, conferences and opportunities to collaborate have shifted from “room” to “Zoom”, Teams, and a variety of other online event tools. Whether you like this shift or not, knowing how to show up, be seen and heard at your best, and stay memorable for all the right reasons is key in our fast-moving world.

In our “How to wow in online meetings”, we’ll dive deep into the wonderful, and sometimes bewildering, world of making the right impression in online settings.

This interactive workshop can be tailored to your needs or the needs of your group, and typically includes a mix of theory, practical exercises and activities, and group discussion and feedback.

Depending on the length of the workshop, the number of participants and what you want to achieve, we can cover:

  • Harnessing the power of technology: mic, webcam, and what to do when your only “tech” is a mobile phone
  • Tips and tricks for looking and sounding your best: positioning, colour, lighting, and low-tech tips to help you frame yourself effectively
  • Short and fabulous introductions: use a simple and effective framework to enable you to introduce yourself clearly and authentically, AND quickly – so that people remember who you are and why you’re there
  • Vocal techniques: with so many people opting for “videos off”, you need to know how to use your voice to attract and retain attention. We’ll look at how to use vocal variety to do just that.
  • Reading body language online
  • Active listening and probing questions that make everyone feel seen and heard

Optional: We can also cover simple techniques for researchers who have to organise, facilitate and/or moderate meetings.

By the end of this workshop, participants will have a range of practical steps that they can draw on to show up at their best in online meetings, and come across as professional, knowledgeable and memorable.

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Loved this. So much information and still time for some good discussions with fellow students. I look forward to being able to use some of the ideas when I create my first poster.

Poster workshop participant

Student SHA Utrecht University

I have just completed SciComm Success' Poster Design Workshop. It was full of interesting tips and tools, some of which I have already built into my poster planning. Although we had a big group and I expected a lecture/webinar format, Suzanne constantly invited us to provide feedback and our own experiences, and I enjoyed hearing what fellow biologists like and don't. I liked that the group was international and enjoyed the flexible and informal discussions - some via chat, some using whiteboards, some simple audio discussion. It felt as if we could all contribute, wherever we were. I would recommend this workshop for anyone new to creating posters for conferences. It would probably be a good refresher for poster presenters, too. Thank you, SEB, for the opportunity.

Poster workshop participant

Society for Experimental Biology Conference (2021)

This was a good refresher on best practice planning and design for posters. I particularly enjoyed the sessions on tools for choosing colour palettes, which I have since used in other communication materials, and the discussion about online and virtual conferences, which was an eye-opener for me during COVID. Thank you, Suzanne!

Poster workshop participant

Genentech, USA

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