Have you ever had a board member with whom you had difficulty relating? Have you ever emphasized something you thought important and your board members or committee chairs responded blankly? Do you find some board volunteers make slower (or faster) decisions than you think appropriate? Answering yes to any of these questions means that you have run across a volunteer whose behavior style is different from yours. To have a more effective relationship with the volunteer you need to learn to adapt your behavior style to fit theirs.
For years there has been a lot of talk about "hybrid meetings," but lately I have seen a big jump in the execution of mixing content for a live audience and an online community. While I have tuned in to watch several speakers at conferences over the years and even participated in full conferences online, I had a recent experience that proved to me hybrids are here to stay.
As an active volunteer and member of the National Speakers Association (NSA), I was asked to serve as the online hybrid meeting co-host for their annual convention. The organization sold online attendee packages to members and non-members, and instead of just streaming the general sessions and selected breakouts, they also incorporated specific educational content exclusively for the online audience during the coffee breaks and lunch time.
We humans pre-judge each other very quickly. We all do it to some extent, even though we don't like to admit it. I was recently pre-judged and got to hear about it from the source, which is a pretty rare occurrence. Usually we never know the things people decide about us behind our back, and often these can have a material impact on our careers.
After a speech I delivered to a group of meeting planners, one audience member came up and said, "Wow, you were really good! I have heard your name before. In fact my association considered using you for our conference, but I assumed your message would be different, so I nixed you as a possibility." When I asked her what she had expected from my talk, surprisingly she could not produce an answer. We had a wonderful chat, and I was not offended by her sharing this information, as it was an eye opener. She ended our conversation by saying we will definitely talk about next year's conference.
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