Victoria Cumberbatch: Stage one, setting expectations. I don't know if any of you have ever heard of remote year, but that is a company I used to work for. And I led a group of 50 digital nomads around the world for an entire year. We moved every single month to a different international city.
And the number one line was set expectations, set them lower than you anticipate and allow people to be surprised with joy. At when you supersede that expectation, so these are simple things. You know them. That may be true. If you are in your attendees shoes and did not have the curse of knowledge, meaning you don't know what you're about to share with them, what would be the most vital that they're aware of in advance so that everybody, including you, the facilitator can be set up for success.
Simple as having an agenda. Agendas don't have to actually be that simple. The image that I have here is a really excellent agenda. It's a facilitator type of agenda where it's delineated by the minute, but that could be really helpful for people, especially that are neurodivergent and want to know in advance what's going on.
It could be great for people that are triggered easily by, well, I don't know, do I have to have my camera on? Do I not? I have social anxiety. This gets to be very helpful in a way that doesn't shout anybody out. Right. That's a simple one. If you could potentially make this agenda visual in some way, shape or form.
So this is great. Google calendar description, you know, a little emoji situation. Can you send an email? E card invitation, like make it an invitation. Like you used to get for, for email, wedding invites or whatever, you know, can you make it fun? Can you make the invitation a loom video? Like I did for this one, what can you add that doesn't take too much of your time?
Making the description as easy to locate and comprehend as possible. So this is great, especially if you are working cross culturally, cross linguistically, cross everythingly, right? Just keeping it simple. What is the point? Spend most of your time... On the what, the why, and the how. Less on the others of the who, what, when, where, why, how list.
And then, of course, considering that pre work aspect, which can really absorb all the above points. Pre work can simply do that for you.