You’re Invited to Join the Virtual Working Summit 2013
Do you need to work effectively when you can’t be face to face?
Do you want to have the satisfaction of working in a way that massively reduces your travel costs and helps the environment? What about slashing the time, cost and frustration of too much travel? Do you want to avoid misunderstandings with your team and stop wasting time on ineffective conference calls? What about being able to do all this while keeping others interested and engaged even when they’re miles away?
Join us for the Virtual Working Summit in June 2013. Featuring short audio interviews with world-class experts, one per day, it also gives you the chance to interact with the other participants online. This is a unique way for you to develop your skills without travelling. There is no charge to register to listen in to each speaker via the web each day.
Sign up now to book your place at the 2013 Summit. Once you’re registered, we’ll give you access to the best session of 2012 and also let you know how you can listen in to all the others too.
Who should attend? People who manage a team or projects across countries or continents. People who need to work across more than one site. Professionals who work with clients, or sell to them, remotely. People facing budget cuts. People who need to build trust and engage others. Teleworkers. People who need to do more with less. If that’s you, then:
Sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out:
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Virtual working? For some, it’s a nightmare of bad lines, inaudible voices and technology that only works some of the time. On top of that, it can be really tough to keep engaged and focused when you can’t see people’s faces and you don’t know the people on the other end of the line. And we haven’t even mentioned the misunderstandings that happen across cultures! This photo sums up what these calls can feel like:
But it doesn’t need to be like this!
Take your virtual meetings from frustrating timewasters to effective ways to reduce travel and carbon emissions while saving time and money. Learn how to work with your team when you can’t be with them face to face.
How? You’re in the right place! Sign up now for the Virtual Working Summit 2013. Previously, we’ve focused on how you can keep people engaged, involved and taking action, even when they’re miles away, as well as how to deal with cross-cultural issues.
Our team of experts shared their thoughts, ideas, and experience with you, so you can:
- Understand the cross-cultural mistakes that get in the way of effective virtual teams
- Learn which behaviours will get the most out of virtual teams
- Find out all of the ways you could be causing problems unknowingly using English as your virtual team language.
- Build strong relationships with people who you don’t meet face to face
- Find out which new technologies can support us to be even more effective virtually (by the way, some can hinder engagement)
- Learn about the trends in virtual working and new tools coming up to help
- Find out how to deal with detailed, data-intense topics like risk management when remote from one another
Richard Pooley: How to be a successful communicator when working virtually across borders
Richard Pooley is an expert on working internationally with the English language and how it can lead to problems across borders, especially in virtual teams. He’ll point out all sorts of mistakes we make unknowingly (some of these demonstrated by Penny, his interviewer!) He’ll show us how to overcome the pitfalls that exist for the unwary, both native and non-native English speakers.
Richard is the Managing Director of Canning International Training and Development. He has lived and worked all over the world, including countries across Africa, Middle East, North and South America, Japan and Europe. He launched Canning’s cross-cultural programmes many years ago and continues to work with a huge range clients, which include Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ,
You’ll be given access to Richard’s session immediately when you sign up for the 2013 Summit.
Sanda Ionescu: Getting the Best out of Cross-Cultural Virtual Teams Tuesday 26th June
Dr. Sanda Ionescu will help us to understand how to work effectively cross-culturally when you can’t be face to face.
Sanda is the founder of The Culture Broker, a consultancy specialising in fostering intercultural communication and cultural integration. Sanda has lived, studied and worked in nine countries, including Japan, Romania, US, Switzerland, Germany and France, and has researched in Anthropology at the Universities of Cambridge and London. She combines in-depth theoretical knowledge of cultural differences with more than twenty years of work experience. Clients include blue-chips such as Nokia, Standard Bank of South Africa, AstraZeneca, L’Oréal, Motorola and Shell.
David Rolston: Trends in Virtual Working Wednesday 27th June
David will outline his top three trends driving virtual working and will go on to talk about some of the technologies that are emerging in the near term to make us even more effective.
David has been fascinated by virtual working since his first experiences in the 1960s. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles and industries including being General Manager of divisions of three large enterprises and being CEO of three small venture-backed companies. Two of those companies produced products to support virtual work. David is currently chairman of Image Metrics, a company that is doing research related to virtual work and the use of emotions and facial images to communicate even more effectively. He blogs at WorkingNowhere.
Penny Pullan: Adapting Risk Management for Virtual Working Thursday 28th June
Penny Pullan PhD PMP CPF, your Summit Host, introduces this year’s Virtual Working Summit on Monday.
On Thursday, Penny will give us an overview of how we can even adapt difficult topics like risk management to work virtually. While risk workshops are often seen as tedious and dry when face to face, Penny will show us that it doesn’t have to be like that. Penny’s sessions always get positive feedback for how practical they are!
Penny is Director of Making Projects Work Ltd. and supports people who are grappling with tricky projects: be that virtual, risky, ambiguous or with complex stakeholder arrangements (or more likely, all four!) Gower published her first book last year, co authored with Ruth Murray-Webster, : ‘A Short Guide to Facilitating Risk Management’ which is available on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and elsewhere. Penny created the Virtual Working Summit as a result of her work with financial services, utilities, pharmaceutical and consultancy clients, as well as international charities. She saw the need for this forum and filled the gap.
Real People using Virtual Working Everyday June 29th
On this day, it’s your chance to get involved in the discussion.
Just type in your Name, primary Email Address and the country where you’re located then click the “Register Me Now!” button to register for the Summit. If you have ask a question for us to answer during the 2013 summit, please enter it too. Remember you’ll have instant access to Richard Pooley’s session on being a successful communicator working virtually across borders when you sign up now.
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How did people find the 2010 Virtual Working Summit? Here are some extracts from the feedback:
The Virtual Working Summit was a wonderful learning and networking experience. The speakers were so very knowledgeable. I looked forward each day to listening to the sessions! The summit was an excellent way to learn and connect with other professionals in a convenient and flexible way. Thank you Penny for a great program.
Hard to think of what could make this experience better. Penny’s efforts were outstanding and this summit was more than what I expected.
To be honest, I can’t think of anything to improve for next year! I thought the summit was extremely well organised and the different sessions covered the topic very well. Thank you!
a great start – looking forward to the next one
The summit sessions were excellent. All topics are relevant. For next year, continue to do a great job on selected relevant topics
Great summit sessions !! Speakers are knowledgeable on the topics which makes the session valuable
Excellent concept Penny, and executed perfectly. A significant contribution to raising the profile of virtual working and use of applicable tools. Looking forward to next year already! Dr. Edward Wallington, Programme and Project Manager
Thank you for an engaging set of discussions. John Greenwood PMP. Senior Project Manager.
What went well? Pretty much everything!
Thank you for hosting the Summit. I enjoyed it very much. Carl Sands, PMP – Global Delivery Framework Implementation Team Associate
Excellent idea please make it an annual event. Simon Neale – Project Manager
All the calls I listened to were good. I only didn’t listen to calls if I physically couldn’t make time to listen that day – I would have listened to them all if I could. Very interesting, well co-ordinated and smoothly executed, thank you! Dee Henderson-Small, Consulting Partner, Inspired Partners Ltd.
I liked everyone
The summit was brilliant idea! Hugely useful and encouraging to be able to hear experts on subjects that affect my virtual daily working life. Thank you Penny for organising it all. Peter Sargent, Financial Management Consultant
I liked the speakers – good topics and good coverage of the topics by the speakers. Connie Hayes, PMI-SP
The topics was just what we needed, because we have just started to Work in a new virtual organisation with 17 countries. What went well? The good questions and answers. That the summit was available the whole day and not just the specific time. Jeanette Prang, Learning and Change management consultant
Good event – stimulating idea.
I thought the telephone interviews were very professional, sound quality was excellent and good to be able to listen at any time. A great idea, wonderfully implemented. Carol Sherriff, director and facilitator, Wilson Sherriff
Audio format combined with LinkedIn discussions. Interview topics, practical advice.
I enjoyed ALL of the topics that were presented. I liked the fact that I could dial in at my own convenience. I actually heard my question asked during the summit so I thought that was very cool. I liked that the speakers were from a variety of countries and expertise, but it all tied in together nicely. Penny, this was a fantastic experience for me. Thank you for pulling all of the resources together and for offering us such a fantastic and FREE summit. I am already looking forward to participating next year and hope that since I registered I will be automatically on your email list for notices of same. THANKS SO MUCH! Cheryl D. Oberg, PMP [USA]
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