Stepping outside of one’s professional comfort zone is always a little scary, but often just as rewarding. This is why I’m happy to be a part of a panel selected to present at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychologists (SIOP). I’m on a panel discussion called “Integrating Virtual Facilitation Best Practices into I/O Methods” with several friends and colleagues. I’m on the panel to lend my experience as a virtual classroom designer and facilitator, and liven up the discussion with some decidedly non-I/O points of view. We will have an engaging dialog with experienced I/O practitioners (my colleagues) and federal consultants (that’s me), discussing methods and strategies for overcoming the challenges of, or perceptions associated with, virtual environments.
I worked with several of my fellow panelists over the years to create experiences and strategies for keeping stakeholders engaged in virtual meetings. We worked on projects to integrate virtual components into I/O methodologies, and I think our panel will provide great advice for building a virtual program. So if you’re in Anaheim, CA for the SIOP Annual Meeting on Thursday, April 14 at 3:30pm, stop by the Convention Center and see if we deliver.