Manage South Asia talks to two volunteers who have been hosting the Common Ground webinars to learn about their experience behind the scenes
Senior Manager, International Game Technology
Director, PMI Pearl City Hyderabad Chapter
How was the experience of hosting the Common Ground webinars?
Back in April 2020, when work from home and social distancing had become a way of life, many people, including me, were confined in a bubble looking for ways to connect with like-minded people. So when I was asked to be part of the Common Ground team, I jumped at it because this program started with the same objective.
This was a whole new experience with weekly webinars for a global audience of 800-1000 people in each session. So, to deliver a good experience consistently, we created our own way of working to cover all aspects - pre-session planning and logistics, roles and responsibilities, speakers and topics, back-ups, and post session sync ups on lessons learned.
The high audience engagement level keeps us going, and the regular feedback helps adapt to expectations and deliver accordingly.
What are some of your key learnings from this experience?
My experience at Common Ground just reinstated the belief that when you do something you enjoy, it doesn’t feel like work at all.
It was even better with the fantastic camaraderie that we had as a team - with trust, open-minded, and two-way communication. This was possible because the core team consisted of like-minded people, who are passionate about the same vision, which is to give a great experience to the Common Ground audience.
Truly, great teams deliver great results - especially when there is a high level of trust.