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Group Training for Virtual Teams

group trainingGroup training sessions for virtual teams are a valuable tool that help generate synergy among the members while promoting teamwork.

Why is group training important?

In keeping with the well-known expression that says “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” group training helps to unify the talents and skills on a team, while:

  • Developing the full potential of the whole team
  • Strengthening synergy and teamwork.
  • Promoting collective learning
  • Exchanging viewpoints and valuable contributions
  • Reaching project goals and objectives as a group

In what situations is it right to implement them?

Some of the scenarios where implementing virtual group training is advisable are:

  • Projects where teamwork is required
  • Projects where there are common goals and objectives
  • Projects that deal with similar areas and processes

Practical Advice

  • Planning the Session: Establish steps and different points of the gathering, introduction, content and time and date scheduling.
  • Session Agenda: Make a schedule with everything to be covered in the group training.
  • Participative Dynamic Organize turns, voluntary participation and the order of the session so there are no interruptions and everyone gets a chance to share his or her point of view.
  • Group Activities: Plan the introduction of the participants and dynamics in a way that breaks the ice and humanizes the virtual arena.
  • Idea Sharing: Create spaces where the participants can share their thoughts, perceptions, reflections, suggestions and proposals.
  • Guiding questions: Open up a space for critical thinking and reflection that gives everyone a chance to mobilize what they've learned and resources they've developed.

What should you avoid?

As far as virtual group training, some things one should avoid are:

  • Very Large Groups: without face to face relations, people are prone to wander off.
  • Groups with Different Levels of Experience and Knowledge: this opens the possibility of people moving at different speeds, and may drag out the session longer than planned.
  • Groups at Different Language Levels: make sure that everyone is at the same level with the language training is held in, or else it can lead to confusion.
  • Interruptions: it is crucial from the start to ask the team to silence their microphones at the proper time, and respect the participation of all to avoid any interruptions.
  • Repetition of Information: the information should be well organized and concise, avoiding revisiting the same subject.