To be successful you want the highest level of expertise on your team, regardless of location, but building virtual teams can be challenging. Learning effective virtual communication skills allows for quicker ramp up and helps avoid challenges faced when working and communicating remotely.
The number of telecommuting workers in the U.S.
will rise to 5 million by 2016.
Virtual Team Building: Business in the New Millennium
Choosing the right person or vendor for the job is no longer limited by proximity. Advances in technology make forming geographically-dispersed “virtual teams” more feasible than ever but virtual team building presents unique challenges. Time differences, communication styles, and cultural differences can play a role in the dynamics of any team, without face-to-face communication and the social interactions that typically cultivate relationships, building trust and delivering results can be challenging.
Technology can present additional challenges for virtual team building. Beyond the expected hardware and software complications, it is virtual communication etiquette and medium choice that can present relationship development obstacles. Virtual teams have a much higher chance of success when they proactively work to build positive collaborative relationships.
“To be effective, we need to be proactive in developing positive collaborative
relationships with our virtual team colleagues and constituents.”
— Debbie Waggoner, Nodus CEO
Debbie Waggoner, Nodus CEO, is a sought-after speaker on the best practices of virtual team building.
Her recently released book, Building Virtual Relationships, presents an insightful and actionable look at developing trust, virtual team building, and achieving success. Waggoner’s extensive experience has provided a solid foundation for developing successful strategies and practical techniques to improve communication, virtual team building, and results.
Virtual Team Building: Talent & Leadership
Nodus’ rich Virtual Relationship Development curriculum is packed with practical tips and techniques on how to improve virtual team communication. Programs include:
- Connecting Virtually: Communication Skills & Tools for Virtual Teamwork
- Online Presentation Skills: Delivering High Impact Virtual Presentations
- Virtual Leadership Training
Virtual team building programs are customized to meet corporate and team-specific needs and incorporate best practices and ready-to-implement strategies and actionable item to mitigate challenges and maximize benefits of virtual teams.