Coaching Cocktails Blog

Build a Little Bird House

19th May 2021

Does “real” online engagement always require a high-bandwidth signal? Remember when They Might Be Giants invited us to “Build a little birdhouse” by Dial-A-Song?

That’s an unexpected source of inspiration for creating “real”-ness online.

Dot Voting

9th May 2021

What tool would you use for dot voting during a (remote) conference workshop?”, Yves Hanoulle asked.

Now i’ve been thinking about dot voting and the need for simple tools.

On Building and Using a Google™ Slides “Board”

9th May 2021

Do you want to invite engagement in online meetings?

You can build an online whiteboard in Google Slides. Slides is a simple-ish tool which makes it a good option for for complex online workspace.

You may encounter different issues with access though. Here’s 5 issues that you can prepare for when you build your meetup (to avoid accessibility problems).

People, Place & Time

12th April 2021

How do we schedule our course sessions around messy schedules?

“Something will happen with the right people, in the right place, at the right time.”

You’ll practice holding space for whatever happens in this workshop. This post is about how we connect the learners in our cohorts, and how we find the right time to meet …

Flying

7th April 2021

Would it surprise you to learn that penguins can fly?

This is my story of what it means to hold space for penguins to fly.

Let me tell you a magical secret …

Big Pharma Transformation

6th April 2021

How can open space be effective inside mega-corporations operating in a critical and highly regulated industry?

This is my story of holding space for drug development teams working inside one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies.

The “CEO of the molecule” invited everyone to gather offsite to figure out how they would safely get a breast cancer “cure” to the oncologists and patients who desperately needed it.

photo of toadstools - a fairy circle

Fairy Circles

6th August 2020

How do you hold space meaningfully when people aren’t in the same space?

When the gobal pandemic hit people reached instinctively for Open Space Technology—because it’s a natural fit. Here are some thoughts from my experience holding remote open space in a time of incredible dispruption. Like all open space: it’s far easier than it looks and much harder than you ever imagined.

Zoom Mobility

23rd July 2020

I need Zoom Mobility—an imaginary feature so that people choose their Zoom break-out rooms and move freely between them. Mobility is vital to the life-changing magic of holding space.

I just requested if from Zoom.

Why Zoom?

13th June 2020

We’ve been using Zoom since 2015. Here’s why. We also find Zoom offers the ease, safety, and security we need—and we have practice procedures for reacting to harassment and other problems. (Which thankfully we’ve never had to use.)

18 Tips to Setup Your Remote Sessions

25th March 2020

Do you know these 18 quick tip we learned by creating holding our remote experiences at CoachingCocktails.com.

People first. Then interactions, processes, and tools. In that order.