Sadly, though, most virtual classroom learning experiences are more likely a box office flop than a blockbuster. But you too can have the license to thrill—whether that license is for Adobe Connect, WebEx, or any of the other virtual platforms that support virtual learning.
Enter the Virtual Gurus Competency Model. This model allows the would-be virtual facilitator to focus on three critical areas, each required to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be a superstar virtual facilitator.
Figure 1. Virtual Gurus Competency Model
Like James Bond has Q to provide him with the latest gadgets, your virtual platform of choice offers many tools to get the job done. However, you need to become an expert with those gadgets. Learn not only the nuts and bolts of how the virtual platform functions, but also how you can leverage the virtual dynamic to the best effect.
You may not wear the Saville Row suits and bow ties of James Bond, but you do need to work on how you “look” during the virtual event. Remember: first impressions count. Make sure you have a strong presence in how you engage your virtual audience and direct and command your invisible participants. In other words, ensure your online persona delivers.
Bond is always on a mission. Thankfully, as virtual facilitators, our mission is less likely to include explosions, balls of fire, and other amazing stunts. But we do need to ensure that the virtual event is choreographed with the same impeccable timing as 007.
Join me at ATD Techknowledge 2018 in San Jose in January for the session Virtual Classroom Facilitation—A License to Thrill, which is part of the Virtual Classroom track. We will explore the Virtual Guru Competency Model in depth and identify what you need to make your next virtual event a box office hit.