Virtual Facilitation and Meetings is an incisive, yet accessible book which takes the stress out of delivering online lessons and events. This desktop reference packs in countless tips and tricks suitable for use by teachers and other education professionals as their classrooms once again go digital.

Released in September 2020, this is the latest book by author and award-winning executive coach and learning specialist Kevin McAlpin, founder of Performance Coaching International. It draws on 25 years’ experience delivering face-to-face and virtual coaching sessions to clients such as the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, FedEx, Cancer Research and 47 of the FTSE 100 companies, including Barclays, BP and Vodafone.

In Wales, the final three school days before the Christmas break were moved online due to rising rates of coronavirus infections. Moreover, on 18 December, the BBC reported schools there would have a “staggered return”, meaning virtual classrooms for at least two more weeks.

And, with the new, tighter Tier 4 COVID restrictions announced for London and the surrounding areas last Saturday, there’s a strong chance other areas of the UK will follow suit. If similar trends continue worldwide, a global return to mass e-learning is on the cards. Circumstances have thrown educators in at the deep end, with little training or preparation to begin teaching via the internet – until now.

In Virtual Facilitation and Meetings, Kevin sets free the unparalleled knowledge he has gained in business and through coaching Olympic, World and European record-holding athletes. This ranges from the technical – so no more embarrassing stories of teachers talking for half an hour on mute – to the interpersonal. Kevin is available for interview and comment on these and other virtual learning topics.

To teach online, you must dial up your emotional expressiveness to combat the sterile environment of a Zoom or Microsoft Teams room. Kevin gives you body language tips to help you achieve this. You also need to account for disabled students’ needs in innovative ways. Kevin provides a checklist of key considerations.

Kevin explains why, compared to in-person learning, the successful online teacher is more of a facilitator of group discussions than a lecturer, hence this work’s title. Learn all this and more in this informative how-to guide.

VIRTUAL FACILITATION AND MEETINGS: A Desktop Reference for Running a Successful Online Classroom is available to order from bookshops in print and ebook formats:



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