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Facilitating Effective and Engaging Remote Workshops May 26, 2020

Facilitating Effective and Engaging Remote Workshops

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Kimberlee Cloutier-Blazzard

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Cantina Coffee Chat is a new series we’ve developed to share our knowledge about a variety of topics in design, development and innovation. It provides an interactive platform for hosting conversations between folks from inside Cantina as well as with outside thought leaders. We are excited to use this venue for starting a dialogue and helping others. We hope you enjoy the exchange.

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In episode three, two members of our Research & Design Strategy group, Krista Siniscarco and Meli Glenn, introduce us to how best to facilitate remote workshops. The conversation centers around tips for making your in-person workshop activities work virtually, best practices for facilitating remote workshops, and lessons learned to help you reduce friction and refine your workshops beyond the basics. Captured below are the speakers’ three take-aways:

  • Limit workshops to 90-120 minutes, encourage everyone to turn on their video, and increase verbal check-ins to maintain focus and engagement.
  • Reduce activities by 20% (as compared to in-person workshops) and build in time to demo and explore collaboration tools to accommodate the learning curve of remote tools and format.
  • Approach remote workshops as designed experiences. Thinking about the sensory experience and what happens before and after are just as important as the workshop activities themselves.

We are offering a complimentary remote workshop to experience first-hand how we conduct them for executive teams, design teams, and others at leading organizations, including universities, start-ups, and Fortune 500 companies. If you’re interested, click here to get started.

During this time of increased pressure to innovate rapidly and efficiently, let us know if you or your team needs any assistance, or if would like to be connected with Krista or Meli. We are happy to help! Please reach out at

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