There are several big benefits to making your next conference a virtual one, but one concern that our clients have about virtual meetings and events is that attendees will “zone out”. After all, it’s much easier to check email or scroll Facebook if you’re already on the computer and the presenter can’t lock eyes with you.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If you have participated in virtual events before, you know that not all are created equal. For various reasons, some are a big hit while others….not so much. Most virtual events, while informative, have a greater purpose of selling a particular product or service.