Digital Check-Ins in Virtual Negotiation
Doing a digital check-in can be one way to create essential human-human space and foster connection between two negotiation teams, even in very formal negotiations. A check-in is truly different from the obligatory round of introduction (name, position) though some forms include the introduction as a part of the check-in. This inventory lists some forms that can be used. Check-ins can take place in plenary form, or by deploying the much under-used breakout rooms which are a feature of nearly every digital meeting platform. They can be effective and brief in a short period of time.
Image of the Day
5 minute exchange of the image of the day, a visual or oral description of the direct surroundings of one team member on each side. This can be as simple as a weather report or as inspiring as a close-up of someone's bookshelve. The purpose is two-way small talk before the formal start.
5 min - pick any music, film or sports contest that is currently in the news (e.. the Oscars, Formula 1 racing, the Champions League final or the Eurovision song contest) and set up a survey through a tool like Mentimeter to measure who is going to win in the opinion of negotiators from both sides. Result: a witty piece of joint forecasting that can be verified in a next meeting.