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Question Experience with ADDA Virtual Peer Support Meetings?

Does anyone have experience with ADDA Virtual Peer Support meetings?

I am signed up for the beginner's support group this evening, but I am unsure about how a virtual meeting works. I understand connecting with Zoom and all that, but I don't really want to do video. How do audio support groups work? I'm so used to relying on body language and other cues to know who talks when. Ah!

I'm also nervous that it will be super awkward LOL!

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Same Question Myself...Will Be Interested to Follow

Sorry I have no personal experience with ADDA...yet. I just recently heard about ADDA and their groups, have perused the website, but have not yet signed up. The Pomidoro work group looked interesting to me for helping me dig into paperwork.

Look forward to hearing from others on this.
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Re: Experience with ADDA Virtual Peer Support Meetings?

UPDATE: I attended an ADDA Virtual Peer Support Group!

It was facilitated through Zoom, and this particular group was for "beginners". There were several people who had trouble connecting, which delayed the start of the meeting. Almost everyone in this group was there for the first time, so that makes sense.

Most participants chose to video chat, so the best view style was like Hollywood Squares with everyone in little boxes on the same page. You could also let the system keep blowing up the box of whoever is speaking, but that was quite overwhelming during a conversation.

I went in not wanting to do video (and you don't have to), but after seeing several others on video, I didn't feel as weirded out by it and turned mine on. I was happy I did, I felt like I connected better with everyone else I could see.

The group leader/facilitator was an ADHD coach (and she has ADHD herself) who was very sweet and helpful! It was a little awkward at some moments because so many of us were new and did not already know the ground rules, but she figured it out and kept us on track well enough. Some folks had connectivity issues which made their audio hard to hear, so I'd recommend making sure you have a strong connection and testing your audio first.

The conversations were validating and encouraging! We did introductions, including a win and a challenge for this week. Then, we talked about some of those challenges and how we related to each other's challenges. We offered understanding and suggestions. The facilitator did a good job of pointing out that some suggestions may work for you and some may not, especially about specific things like bullet journaling (I love mine, but I know that system doesn't feel right for everyone).

Overall, I enjoyed this support group a lot more than I thought I would and I do plan to attend another one!

I'm not a Facebook fan, so I rarely sign in, but there is a private FB group for this support group. I'd actually be willing to brave the FB to connect, but I am having trouble with the link (not the admin's fault). I posted a ragey reply on the "what is bothering you right now" thread about how mad I am at FB. LOL! I felt better! ; )
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Re: Experience with ADDA Virtual Peer Support Meetings?

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UPDATE: I attended an ADDA Virtual Peer Support Group!

It was facilitated through Zoom, and this particular group was for "beginners". There were several people who had trouble connecting, which delayed the start of the meeting. Almost everyone in this group was there for the first time, so that makes sense.
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Great report, and thanks for the head's up about beginners having problems connecting. That would be me. So if I don't want to make a spectacle of myself in the work group, I should probably get a few Peer Support sessions under my belt first. Sounds like a plan.
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Re: Experience with ADDA Virtual Peer Support Meetings?

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UPDATE: I attended an ADDA Virtual Peer Support Group!

It was facilitated through Zoom, and this particular group was for "beginners". There were several people who had trouble connecting, which delayed the start of the meeting. Almost everyone in this group was there for the first time, so that makes sense.

Most participants chose to video chat, so the best view style was like Hollywood Squares with everyone in little boxes on the same page. You could also let the system keep blowing up the box of whoever is speaking, but that was quite overwhelming during a conversation.

I went in not wanting to do video (and you don't have to), but after seeing several others on video, I didn't feel as weirded out by it and turned mine on. I was happy I did, I felt like I connected better with everyone else I could see.

The group leader/facilitator was an ADHD coach (and she has ADHD herself) who was very sweet and helpful! It was a little awkward at some moments because so many of us were new and did not already know the ground rules, but she figured it out and kept us on track well enough. Some folks had connectivity issues which made their audio hard to hear, so I'd recommend making sure you have a strong connection and testing your audio first.

The conversations were validating and encouraging! We did introductions, including a win and a challenge for this week. Then, we talked about some of those challenges and how we related to each other's challenges. We offered understanding and suggestions. The facilitator did a good job of pointing out that some suggestions may work for you and some may not, especially about specific things like bullet journaling (I love mine, but I know that system doesn't feel right for everyone).

Overall, I enjoyed this support group a lot more than I thought I would and I do plan to attend another one!

I'm not a Facebook fan, so I rarely sign in, but there is a private FB group for this support group. I'd actually be willing to brave the FB to connect, but I am having trouble with the link (not the admin's fault). I posted a ragey reply on the "what is bothering you right now" thread about how mad I am at FB. LOL! I felt better! ; )
That sounds like it was a really cool experience. Thanks for the update. I do a lot of virtual classroom stuff as an instructional designer/trainer, so yes, it definitely has some limitations but is also very helpful in today's age where everyone and everything is so spread out geographically but yet connected electronically. Like all of us here at addf!

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