Standing Tall: Benefits of Standing When Facilitating Online

March 2024

The idea of standing while facilitating online conversations might seem unconventional, even peculiar. Yet, this simple shift in posture holds remarkable potential to transform the dynamics of virtual meetings and sessions.

Beyond mere physical ergonomics, embracing the practice of standing while facilitating in a virtual space can spark creativity, boost engagement, and foster a more dynamic and energetic exchange of ideas.

Energy and Presence: Standing naturally boosts energy levels and helps facilitators maintain a strong presence, leading to more dynamic interactions with participants.

Body Language: Standing enables facilitators to utilize gestures, facial expressions, and body language more effectively, enhancing nonverbal communication and connection with remote participants.

Improved Vocal Projection: Standing encourages better vocal projection and articulation, ensuring that facilitators are heard clearly and confidently, even in virtual environments.

Enhanced Focus and Alertness: Standing promotes better blood circulation and oxygen flow, which can help facilitators stay focused, alert, and actively engaged throughout the conversation.

Physical Health Benefits: Standing reduces the risks associated with prolonged sitting, such as back pain and stiffness, contributing to better posture and overall physical well-being.

Variety and Engagement: Alternating between standing and sitting breaks monotony and keeps participants engaged. It also allows facilitators to adjust their position based on the flow of the conversation and the needs of the group.

By incorporating standing into online facilitation practices we create a more impactful virtual experience for all participants, as we strive to host meaningful conversations.

Interested in learning more tips and techniques to help you up your game as a facilitator? Contact us at to schedule a workshop for your team OR check out Public Workshops on our website for upcoming learning opportunities.

Gerard Murphy
Founder and CEO
Barefoot Facilitation Inc.

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