8Gather Together: Celebrations and Parties

Recognizing important milestones—such as graduations, retirements, engagements, anniversaries, weddings, and the birth of children—in the lives of the people on virtual teams is a powerful way to engage the participants. Holidays and birthdays provide themed opportunities to throw “virtual celebrations.”

Unique and wonderful online parties can take a tremendous amount of preparation and planning, and in some cases, an element of surprise. This chapter outlines the specifics of several activities that can be used for a holiday party and a farewell celebration. It also includes a step-by-step plan for a surprise baby shower that will thrill any parent. Any of these activities could be altered and used ...

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