Book Synopsis: Do your virtual meetings feel like a drag? Learn how to use rituals to build trust, increase engagement, and spark creativity.
We rely on virtual meetings now more than ever. However, they can often feel awkward, monotonous, and frustrating. If you’re not thrilled with your virtual meetings, rituals can help your group break through to better results by providing structures that unlock freedom. With rituals, virtual meetings can be moments that are elevated and nurtured, opportunities for people to build connection and trust while accomplishing a common goal.
In Rituals for Virtual Meetings: Creative Ways to Engage People and Strengthen Relationships authors Kursat Ozenc and Glenn Fajardo show leaders, managers, and meeting organizers how to build rapport and rhythm amongst team members when everyone is not in the same physical space.
Rituals for Virtual Meetings provides readers with practical, concrete steps to improve group cohesion and performance, including:
- How to make virtual meetings more fluid and less awkward
- How to reduce Zoom fatigue and sustain people’s energy during meetings
- How to facilitate better interactions with project partners, customers, and clients
- How community leaders can engage members in a virtual setting
- How teachers can engage students in virtual classrooms
- Perfect for anyone who needs to engage people in virtual settings, the book also belongs on the shelves of anyone interested in how to increase team engagement in a variety of contexts.
About Our Speakers: Kursat Ozenc is a designer, educator, and author. He is a design director at SAP Labs Palo Alto. He teaches design at the Stanford d.school and leads the Ritual Design Lab, where he runs experiments with students and partner organizations on personal, team & human-robot rituals. His work on rituals has appeared in the New York Times, The Atlantic, Fast Company, 99U, and Canadian Public Radio. He published his first book Rituals For Work in 2019. He holds a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.
Glenn Fajardo connects to create. He is focused on the question of how we can be creative together when we are far apart and in different cultural contexts. He is currently a Teaching Fellow at the Stanford d.school.
For 12 years, Glenn has been a practitioner of virtual collaboration, working with people and organizations across six continents engaged in social impact work. He specializes in teaching classes and workshops on how to collaborate virtually, such as Design Across Borders. Glenn is the co-author (with Kursat Ozenc) of Rituals for Virtual Meetings: Creative Ways to Engage People and Strengthen Relationships, which will be published by Wiley in January 2021.
Glenn was formerly the Director of the Co-Design Practice of the TechSoup Global Network at TechSoup, a nonprofit social enterprise founded on the belief that technology can be a powerful enabler for greater social change.
Formally trained in nuclear engineering sciences and public policy, Glenn also plays electric bass and likes to cook in other people’s kitchens.