The Sandbox Blog
This is where I share studio notes and thoughts from behind the scenes here at Creative Sandbox Solutions™ HQ. I’m all about process here, and I’m transparent about mine, so you can learn from both my wins and my mistakes.
If you have any questions or comments, don’t be shy — drop me a line! I’d love to hear from you.
If you lead Zoom meetings, DON’T MAKE THIS MISTAKE!
I hosted a creativity retreat—my Virtual Creative Sandbox Retreat—on Saturday, and when I set up the Zoom meeting, I checked the box to require registration.
All good so far. Requiring registration keeps Zoombombers out.
Then, to be extra secure, under Registration Options, I set Approval to “Manually Approve.” read more…
If you’ve been wondering about the difference between Spotlight and Pin Video on Zoom, you’re not alone.
Those two features used to have me stumped, too, until I did some poking and prodding to figure out exactly what those differences are.
Although both features will bring a speaker to the forefront, the differences in how that happens are significant. Hopefully this brief article will help you in your next meeting! read more…
I led my first virtual creativity retreat on Saturday, and just like with my in-person retreats, I started the creative catalyzing session with my favorite opener.
“Make a sound and movement combination that expresses how you feel right now,” I say, “I’ll start.”
Then without thinking, I move my body around to express how I’m feeling in that moment, and make some sound to go along with it. read more…
Here’s a quick Zoom tip for when you want to randomly split a big group into pairs:
Send them into breakout rooms!
Let Zoom do the math for you.
If you’ve got a lot of people, making breakout rooms is faster than telling people, “Mary and Sam, you two are a pair, Ernie and Jolene, you two are a pair,” and so on, down the list. read more…
Most Zoom hosts ask a question, let everyone respond in chat and call that “interactive.”
Ho-hum. And old school.
“What’s wrong with that?” you ask.
Your participants are trying to do too many things at once:
No wonder Zoom meetings are exhausting! read more…
Click the image for 53 seconds of pure delight. (I dare you not to laugh.)
Hat tip to master facilitator Viv McWaters, who sent this video in her newsletter, and wrote:
“If the atmosphere in the group is accepting and playful, the capacity to learn from the unexpected is enhanced.” -Viv McWaters
We’re living through the unexpected on a global level right now, with read more…
Anytime you do something hard or intense, it’s always important to take time to recharge, refresh, and rejuvenate.
My favorite way to do that is to play!
I learned a new game for Zoom the other day from Mallory Penney of Better Together Labs that I thought you might enjoy.
This one is great for a brain break, and to get people up and moving after sitting and working intensely. read more…
I saw this question posted in a Facebook group I’m in:
“How can I lead a Zoom meeting right now when nobody is feeling ok?”
So many of us are feeling it.
Yet another racist murder by police. Riots. The onslaught of news is horrific.
And then there’s the pandemic.
How can you possibly smile and move on?
Answer: you don’t. read more…
What would you say is the most under-appreciated feature in Zoom?
Of course, one could argue about that, but one contender might be the “Rename” function.
Here’s how to rename yourself (or someone else, if you’re a Host or Co-host) using the Participants Panel:
And here’s how to rename yourself by clicking your window:
Why bother doing such a thing?
More than merely cosmetic, the rename feature packs a punch when used intentionally.
Over on LinkedIn this week, I’ve been sharing my top 5 tips for hacking “Rename” to get the most out of your virtual meetings.
I thought you might be interested, so without further ado, here they are! read more…
“Zoom!” I yelled as I threw an invisible ball to Jay. “Zoom!” he echoed, catching it, then “swish!” as he tossed it to Ann.
Ann repeated Jay’s “swish!” then passed the ball to Tom with a “Pop!”
And the invisible ball continued around the circle.
It may sound like a group of kids playing at recess, but this was actually a Board of Directors at a strategic workshop I led recently.
Activities like this one, borrowed from the world of improv, help teams and individuals increase and read more…