BRIEF Virtual programs

Online modular lessons for remote teams

virtual communication programs for remote teams

Strengthening clear communication for dispersed organizations

Communication is the lifeblood of any high functioning organization. And for remote teams who work from home, the stakes are especially high. While remote workers have many opportunities to control their own environment and manage their time, there are also many hidden risks that can lead to a breakdown of continuity, visibility and productivity.

The quality and quantity of information are key.

Virtual program options

Getting all this right doesn’t happen by accident, it happens with planning and preparation. The BRIEF Lab has specifically designed several distinctive programs for these types of dispersed teams to communicate efficiently and effectively:

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  • BRIEF Virtual Discovery Sessions Crash-course on concise communication and noise management for remote workers
  • BRIEF Remote Workforce Communication Course How to work from home successfully
  • BRIEF Fundamentals Course Learn the basics of clear, concise and consistent communication
  • BRIEF Attention Management 101 Course How to manage the noise so you can think more clearly

How each program is delivered 

Getting all this right doesn’t happen by accident, it happens with planning and preparation. The BRIEF Lab has specifically designed several distinctive programs for these types of dispersed teams to communicate efficiently and effectively:

  •  
  • BRIEF Virtual Discovery Sessions Crash-course on concise communication and noise management for remote workers
  • BRIEF Remote Workforce Communication Course How to work from home successfully
  • BRIEF Fundamentals Course Learn the basics of clear, concise and consistent communication
  • BRIEF Attention Management 101 Course How to manage the noise so you can think more clearly

How each program is delivered 

Each virtual program is a unique combination of a live session followed by individual learning assignments to solidify the subject matter. Each program can last as little as a half-day, up to several weeks depending on the organization and specific organizational objectives. All programs are broken into two core elements:

  1. Online sessions for remote teams: Engaging, insightful and facilitated webinars tackling a specific tendency or technique to improve clear thinking and concise communication.
  2. Individual learning assignments: After each webinar, participants complete a series of activities (reflecting, reading, listening, doing, etc.) that brings the live session topic to life.

The virtual curriculum is based on the insights, practices and methodologies of both of The BRIEF Lab’s founder Joe McCormack’s books (BRIEF: Make a bigger impact by saying less and NOISE: Living and leading when nobody can focus).

Virtual Program Offerings

BRIEF VIRTUAL DISCOVERY SESSIONS

In this program, participants are given a crash course in noise management and concise communication, typically delivered in three hours or less per session.

    • Noise management Recognizing the power and impact of distractions, disruptions and information overload on professionals, especially remote workers
    • Staying Visible Establishing a new cadence and discipline for staying more intentionally connected to superiors, peers and key contacts that are dispersed
    • Email Updates Getting more from the most used and abused communication channel
    • Running Virtual Meetings/Conference Calls Simple techniques to run more engaging meetings and calls while avoiding the risks of technology and poor preparation

BRIEF Remote Workforce Communication Course

In this series your team will address the pitfalls of working from home and the keys to communicating more effectively in a remote work environment:

  • The Hidden Challenges of Working Remotely Avoiding the most common communication mistakes that hinder continuity, visibility and productivity
  • Staying Visible Establishing a new cadence and discipline for periodic updates and meaningful interaction with your peers, manager and key contacts
  • Email Updates Getting more from the most used and abused communication channel
  • High Quality Conversations and Present Listening Creating the time for deep conversations and relationship building
  • Running Virtual Meetings/Conference Calls Simple techniques to run better calls that take less time and generate better discussion
  • Introduction to Noise Management A daily method to manage focus amidst the ceaseless waves of noise

Brief fundamentals Course

In this introductory series your team will learn the basics BRIEF methodology and how to apply it in key moments:

  • The Audience is Drowning A clearer understanding of the noise we are facing and its impact on our minds
  • BRIEF Mapping A powerful technique to prepare what you want to convey quickly, logically and effectively
  • BRIEF Trimming A simple method for determining what is essential and what is too much information (TMI)
  • BRIEF Emails Crafting emails that are succinct and ensure that they are always easy for the receiver to open, read and respond
  • BRIEF Meetings Run shorter, more meaningful meetings that have clear objectives, topics and action items
  • BRIEF Updates/Presentations Turning reports and presentations into meaningful conversations that convey essential information and tell a coherent story

BRIEF Attention Management 101 Course

In this series your team will learn important tips and techniques to manage the noise so that it doesn’t manage them.

  • Managing the Noise An assessment of the sources of noise and the impact it has on our daily workload and priorities
  • Quiet Time Learn different ways to create silence, utilize it effectively and manage the noise successfully day to day
  • Taking Aim Identify the most important thing for the day and then take steps to give it the priority that it deserves in the distinct roles you play
  • Saying No To say yes to what matters most we must have the discipline to say no to what doesn’t
  • Present Listening Concrete tips to give the gift of our undivided attention while avoiding common distractions and actively listening to others in the moment
  • Planning to Win Building daily habits to manage the noise every day, morning to night

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