Virtual connection takes more energy and commitment than face-to-face connections. Degges-White (2020) found, “you are likely to feel a kind of exhaustion from that screen time that's unlike the exhaustion you’d feel from an hour at the gym. Even extroverts can feel worn down by the ‘high-intensity virtual connection’” (para. 4). Forensics teams are not immune to this exhaustion and therefore coaches and teammates have to be intentional with providing opportunities for connection to strengthen team survival. Through a survey of our team, with 100% participation, we were able to assess the needs of the individual student and provide opportunities for connection to meet these needs. We argue that many forensics students around the nation may have similar concerns and therefore we offer these strategies to help a team thrive. These strategies come in three areas 1. Reducing isolation and uncertainty 2. Providing clear and fluid expectations 3. Focusing on process oriented goals all while in a virtual environment. Our presentation will focus on tips and exercises for building morale and motivating a team through these three areas.
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Grace, Kittie and McDonald, Austin
"Morale and Motivation: Nurturing Team Cohesion During COVID-19,"
Proceedings of the National Developmental Conference on Individual Events: Vol. 6:
1, Article 10.
Available at: https://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/ndcieproceedings/vol6/iss1/10