Embracing the virtual conference world-
Building good relationships, collaborating, and exchanging ideas and information – both inside and with the middle market firms we help – is the lifeblood of our business as a professional services firm. There were numerous opportunities for members to join together and share their thoughts and knowledge prior to the start of COVID-19, including member conferences, workshops, and academies. These face-to-face interactions have been warm and appreciative, allowing us to celebrate our unique and inventive culture while also encouraging positive development and change.
However face-to-face connection will always be important, there are times when going virtual is an inescapable part of your security events. But how would you turn a number of co conferences into a virtual event that includes professional networks, educational sessions, and attendee feedback?
Virtual events require the same degree of help and affection as live events. Both events require you to promote the event efficiently, engage your attendees, create wonderful memories for participants, and demonstrate event success. But, first and foremost, what is a Virtual Event?
What is the definition of a virtual event?
A virtual event is one in which participants interact with the event and its material through the internet rather than meeting in person. A webinar participant used a video conferencing tool to join a conference or viewed an on-demand workout session. You might have even sat at your desk and attended a conference. Virtual events include all of the above.
Virtual Events are divided into four categories.
- Attending Webinars
Webinars usually last between 45 and 80 minutes. Webinars allow participants from all across the world to virtually join in and hear one or even more speakers deliver the topic.
- Virtual Meetings
Virtual conferences, such as in conferences, are organised around a live, complicated agenda that comprises keynote speeches, sessions, break sessions, and more. Virtual conferences can feature content from many sessions as well as community involvement options.
- Hybrid Internal Events
Town halls, sales start, corporation events, training, department meetings, and other events fall under this category. Internal hybrid events are used to communicate a message to the complete company when employees are not all assembled in the same area for organisations that span nations, even continents.
Because of the current predicament our society is in, a world with virtual conferences, events, and gaming will soon be the future of humanity, and we have already begun to see it. For a few months now, virtual conferences and events have grown extremely popular, and we’ll look at how they got that way. Why did it begin to take over the world? And, most importantly, how will the virtual world change in the future, becoming more widely used and achieving the term “NORMAL.”
Unfortunately, when lockdowns spread over the world, the human contacts that made these events so interesting and useful in the first place became impossible.
Whenever one door shuts, another one opens – and at the very least, you seek a new inventive way in, in my experience. Because, like many other businesses, there is still work to be done and ideas to be shared. Rather than simply cancelling all of these events, we decided to change our strategy and convert this exchange of ideas from a physical forum to a digital one, while also trying new skills.
Install the appropriate technologies.
Virtual events provide an opportunity to reach a larger audience when geographical location is no longer a factor. The recording sessions also aids in reaching a wider audience. Digital conferences and events can open up new possibilities by making things simpler to gauge audience mood through polling and Q&A tools, which can assist in driving independent decisions or scheduling.
There are several excellent online livestream platforms, such as Zoom and ON24, as well as event-specific conference website portals. It’s critical to have the correct training for all of the key employees involved in the technical delivery once the platform has been chosen. Each platform will have its own quirks, and it’s critical to be aware of them and to test, test, test.
Speaker preparation and scenario planning
For our meetings and seminars, we’ve always prepared a speaker brief, but ‘going virtual’ necessitates a new degree of caution:
- Set up technical tours for your speakers ahead to the content rehearsals
- Check the sound and lighting of your speakers from the audience’s perspective
- Create precise directions based on your own experience Repeat the practise, but this time cut off someone’s camera and audio so the host or other presenter has to deal with an unforeseen event, such as a speaker’s WIFI going out.
- Think about having more than one host to step in if the presenter has connectivity troubles.
It’s critical to spend time preparing your speakers and making contingency plans. With the entire world online, connectivity will almost certainly be an issue, but if your scenario plans ahead of time, you’ll be able to handle it like a pro.
Make it interesting.
The greatest conferences were those where the organisers took into account the audience’s attention span and comfort, which is especially crucial for online events. If you fail to engage the audience, you will eventually face increased competition from emails and other activities.
Having energetic hosts can assist in keeping the pace and finishing on time. Using a variety of content with varying duration times, panels, live presentations, audience polling, and Q&A sessions, as well as video clips, can assist keep the audience’s interest from flagging.
Interactivity is another important aspect of attention. People could only watch a media outlet on a screen for so long, so a two-way dialogue is far more fascinating. We may give our viewers ownership of the content and control of the narrative by inviting them to engage in the presentation and provide feedback. They will feel more connected to the messaging and to each other as a result of their ownership.
Finally, no event would be finished without some networking, that is why it is critical to provide opportunities for your audience to connect. Through the use of ‘public places’ inside the session, several systems allow options to create those interactive dialogues within presentations. This allows a wider audience to have smaller panel discussions before coming to the main platform and presenting the findings of those conversations.
Enjoy yourself with it.
A seminar can be interesting and technologically advanced, but it still requires light and shade, as well as entertainment. While it’s a little more difficult to liven up a video conference, brainstormed ideas, contests, and quizzes are all possibilities.
Short, amusing videos with a light-hearted element, or inviting the audience to share social separation videos, photographs, and selfies can keep in touch.