How to get the most out of a virtual event
Many events are going online these days, in order to create social distance to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Without making light of the serious situation posed by COVID-19 it has forced some changes in the conference, events, networking and leadership training production models that when approached with the right mindset, can be very positive – particularly from an accessibility and inclusiveness perspective.
We already have several products that take place virtually. Wisdom Leadership Network is welcoming virtual members, and Virtual Leadership Lab is a fully virtual conscious leadership training lab.
Online events will be different from in-person events but one thing will remain the same – you get out what you put in. And online events, just like offline events, require input from you.
What you need to do
The key thing is to treat a virtual event in the same way as an in-person event. This largely comes down to your space and your mindset. Like working remotely, you need a suitable working location and the necessary motivation and self-control to focus appropriately. We have come up with a few simple prerequisites for joining us virtually:
- Find a quiet place, where you can’t be disturbed
It’s too easy to get pulled into meetings / work – don’t risk it. If you were going to an in-person event you wouldn’t be in the office, answering your phone or emails – this shouldn’t be any different. Find somewhere where you can sit that will let you focus on the event and also lets you interact with others.
- Be ready to show your face
Get yourself ready as you would, when you go to an in-person event. Show your face in the virtual event space. There really is nothing worse than talking to a blank screen – so make sure you are able to share your video.
- Get ready to talk
At all our events, we require participants to have the mindset to show up to give, engage and contribute. This isn’t a one-way webinar – you will be getting involved – regularly. And since you will be talking regularly, it is really important that you have chosen a space where you can talk freely and without background noise.
- Don’t try to multi-task
Like working remotely you need self-control. There won’t be someone looking over your shoulder to force you to get involved but you will get out of it what you put in.
- Have your LinkedIn url ready to share
Copy your LinkedIn profile so that you can share it easily with others. There will be lots of opportunity to connect with people during the event – make sure you connect so that you can continue the conversations. Who knows where you next job or business idea will come from?
- Bring an adventurous spirit
Your take-away and output will mirror your input and engagement. If you come with an open mind and a willingness to get involved you will get so much more out of the events. During some of our virtual meetings, there will be “rooms” for you to enter to share discussions with others at the event.
- Technical Requirements
There are lots of tools out there for hosting events so each event will likely have different requirements. The one we have chosen for our lab and networks is Zoom. You don’t want to miss out on the start of an event or an interesting conversation so make sure to test the tools ahead of time.Zoom requires a desktop client so you need to ensure that you have that installed ahead of time: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362033-Getting-Started-on-Windows-and-Mac
We look forward to seeing and engaging with you virtually in the near future.
Team The Passion Institute.
(This article was in large part inspired by UXDX)
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