Anticipating possible questions, and answering them on the fly, can be downright terrifying, especially if you’re new to hosting virtual events. However, studies have shown that more than 90% of attendees expect a question and answer period at the end of the presentation. So, let’s reframe it as the perfect opportunity for you to engage and connect with your audience, not just something you dread.
A virtual town hall is a valuable tool that allows leadership to communicate with employees from various locations. When done well, these virtual meetings build trust and confidence, and create a sense of community. But when they fall short, employees tend to “check out”, and perform other tasks while the town hall runs in the background.
Telecommuting continues to rise in popularity, not just among workers, but with employers, too. In addition to providing employees with flexibility and autonomy, both in where they live and how often they work onsite, companies are finding that remote work policies can actually increase productivity and decrease costs. Yet, despite the many benefits, one challenge persists: employee engagement.
Worktank has been a power-user of Microsoft Teams meeting tools from the first beta release, helping many of our clients move their All-Hands, Town Halls, and Senior Leadership meetings to the platform. Teams enables both low-friction virtual events, and high production-value workflows, and Worktank is all-in on the platform for connecting internal, distributed teams.
Over the course of your personal and professional life, you’ve probably seen some truly terrible presenters, and a handful of really great ones. While it might be tempting to try and mimic the best of the best the next time you find yourself behind the podium, chances are your attempt will fall flat. Why? Because you are not that presenter.
You’ve picked the perfect webinar topic, promoted the heck out of it, and registered a record number of attendees, what could possibly go wrong? Right? If you think you’re immune to webinar woes, think again. Here are 5 common digital event mishaps and how to avoid them.
As collaboration and communication tools continue to evolve, another platform shift is taking place. Are you ready? Microsoft Teams is receiving full support from RedmondMag.com (the independent voice of the Microsoft IT community) as the future of collaboration. Internally, Microsoft is going all-in on the platform, and while it still has room to grow and improve, it has reached a stage of maturity to add value to your internal communications right away.
Perhaps the most important aspect of creating a webinar is identifying and understanding your target audience. If your content doesn’t speak to your customers and potential customers, satisfying their wants, needs, questions and desires, then your webinar will struggle to connect.
Virtual meetings are no longer a novelty in the workplace, they are a necessity. More employees are working remotely than ever before, in fact, a recent Gallup survey found that 43% of Americans spend at least some of their work hours away from the office, and that number is expected to reach more than 50% by the year 2020. The question of how to keep internal communications aligned when team members are geographically dispersed is echoing throughout the business world, and the answer is virtual meeting management.
At Worktank we have seen it all. The good, the bad, and yes even the ugly when it comes to virtual events. What makes one online event a smash hit, and another an utter failure? It all comes down to presentation and planning.