Hosting a Hangout

We encourage Network teams to host hangouts as well as participate in them.    Email us or leave a general discussion message within the Community on what you'd like to host or see presented.    When choosing a date and time for a hangout, please be aware of time zone as well as conflicts with school or tournaments.

Hangout Host Info


GENERAL GOAL OF A HANGOUT

  • The primary goal of a hangout is to introduce a topic and create a discussion with attending teams
NECESSARY MATERIALS
  • No need to create a presentation or slides in order to host a hangout
  • Hosting only requires a team member or coach to start the discussion and facilitate dialog 
  •  If you have slides or a presentation on a topic, we would appreciate it if you could share them prior to the hangout or post immediately afterwards in the appropriate Network Category 
  • Less presentation material during a hangout helps keep it from turning into a lecture. We're all about having discussions vs. endless slides info that we can all read on our own. 
HANGOUT LENGTH
  • Hangouts are typically an hour or less   
  • After an hour things tend to get off topic
 HOW TO START & END
  • The host team can start the dialog by introducing team members and allowing attendees to then introduce themselves
  • When the dialog is exhausted, that is the time to end a hangout  
HANGOUT ATTENDEE NUMBERS
  • Some of the best hangouts are when there are smaller numbers attending 
  • Do not feel that a hangout is only successful with the maximum, which is currently 10 through the free Google service  
  • We encourage one-on-one team connecting afterwards  
  • We also attempt to use other providers when available for larger groups.  GoToMeeting has been offered on occasion, providing the ability to handle large groups easily.   When hangouts change to GoToMeeting, a link is posted just prior to the hangout.   We attempt to move over to that platform when the number of anticipated guests exceeds 10
DEALING WITH NOISE ISSUES & TECHNICAL PROBLEMS
  • When attendee numbers are high, as host, please ask attendees to mute their microphones when not speaking - this will help reduce noise issues
  • When a team experiences a video problem - suggest that they listen in without video 

We think the best parts of hangouts are the things that occur from one set of ideas sparking further thought by another team!  The chain reactions are priceless.