Can’t Gather Around the Table? Unleash the Power of Remote Tabletop Exercises with These Game-Changing Strategies!

Learn how to effectively organise and run tabletop exercises remotely with our expert strategies. From technology recommendations to engagement tips, this article has you covered. Ready to enhance your remote tabletop exercise experience? Dive in now!

Let's address the elephant in the room (or should we say, the elephant on the Zoom call?): technology. When it comes to running these exercises remotely, having the right tech setup is crucial. We're not just talking about making sure everyone has a stable internet connection (although, let's be real, that's pretty dang important too). No, no, we're talking about finding the right collaboration and communication tools to keep everyone engaged and on the same page.

Now, we could just rattle off a list of our favourite apps and call it a day, but where's the fun in that? Instead, let's break it down into categories. For video conferencing, you can't go wrong with the classics like Zoom or Microsoft Teams. But if you really want to spice things up, maybe give a platform like Discord a try – it's built for gamers and communities to gather and do things.

But video conferencing is just the tip of the iceberg. You'll also want to consider tools for document sharing, real-time collaboration, and project management. Google Drive and Dropbox are solid choices for file sharing, while platforms like Miro and Mural are great for virtual whiteboarding and brainstorming sessions. And let's not forget about the holy grail of an organisation: the humble spreadsheet. Google Sheets and Airtable are our go-tos for keeping track of everything from participant lists to exercise scenarios.

Keep things engaging to keep wandering eyes from distracting alt-tabbing. Encourage participants to ask questions, share ideas, and collaborate with one another. Use breakout rooms to facilitate small group discussions and consider incorporating polls or quizzes to keep things lively. And don't be afraid to inject a little humour and personality into the proceedings. A well-timed joke or a silly icebreaker activity can go a long way in keeping people invested.

But perhaps the most important aspect of running effective remote tabletops is clear communication. When you're not all in the same physical space, it's easy for things to get lost in translation. That's why it's crucial to set expectations upfront, provide clear instructions and guidelines, and check in regularly to make sure everyone is on the same page. Consider appointing a designated facilitator or moderator to keep things running smoothly and ensure that everyone has a chance to contribute.

And speaking of communication, don't forget about the power of follow-up. After your tabletop exercise wraps up, be sure to send out a recap email or document highlighting key takeaways, action items, and next steps. This helps reinforce the lessons learned and keeps the momentum going even after the virtual meeting room closes.

So there you have it, folks – the LGP team's top strategies for organizing and running tabletop exercises remotely. It may take a bit of trial and error to find the right combination of tools and tactics that work for your team, but with a little experimentation and a whole lot of enthusiasm, you'll be running remote tabletops like a pro in no time. And who knows – you might even find that you prefer the virtual format to in-person meetings. After all, there's something to be said for being able to attend a high-stakes exercise in your pajama bottoms. Just don't forget to mute your mic before you start crunching on those chips.

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