Detangling remote interactions with neuroscience

How can you leverage neuroscience to enable higher quality remote meeting outcomes?

Kirsten Clacey and Jay-Allen Morris

Playlists: 'froscon2020' videos starting here / audio

In this talk we look to neuroscience to unpack unique challenges present in remote meeting interactions. Together we will look at a few research studies that can help explain what is happening in our brains when we interact with people in a digital space. With this deeper understanding, we will also share some practical ideas you, as a meeting organiser or facilitator, can use to shift your meetings in healthier directions.

For many people, remote meetings feel very different to in person interactions. You might have experienced in remote meetings that people seem distracted or tense, there’s less engagement and the tone maybe feels a little colder. These conditions impact the quality of thinking within the session and as a result, the outcomes that are achieved. Why are remote meetings so difficult? And what can we do about it?

In this workshop we will cover theory and share some practical ideas to overcome potential challenges which might be faced.

No prior experience is needed for this talk. We will use some of our own stories to make remote working accessible to those who do not have deep experience in this area. We will explain neuroscientific concepts in a relatable way with many examples to help people navigate. This session is for anyone who cares about creating conditions for quality thinking in distributed teams.