We’re seeing a sharp rise in the number of virtual conferences – and it’s not just because social gatherings of more than ten people have been banned in much of the country. In fact, even before COVID-19 shutdown conferences across the globe, 2020 was showing every sign that this was going to be the year of the virtual event. Why is that? Well, let’s start with these 7 reasons.
For years, Worktank has successfully supported many of our clients’ events using Zoom. The ease of use, integration features, and video-first focus have made it a go-to platform for public-facing “webinar” style events, as well as internal conference calls and team meetings. Its rise in popularity has been impressive, and not unexpected.
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.