Things You Need for Hybrid and Virtual Event Production
2020 was a big year for virtual event production. Employees were working remotely in many...
Big changes have happened to the event planning community in a world shaped by COVID. Event planners have worked hard to transition the attendees of their on-premises events into the virtual space. Even with COVID hopefully winding toward an end, more organizations than ever before have moved to virtual event planning for their conferences, meetings, and sales events.
Meeting planners have adjusted to this new normal for the most part, but many are still worried about making certain their virtual event goes off without a glitch. This blog will share our top seven tips to help guide your event planning, all the way from pre-planning to the actual virtual event production on the big day.
In some ways, the live on-site event was easier, because breakout sessions would send attendees to different rooms. The process of walking to the next session would invigorate weary attendees and keep them engaged. But in a virtual event, your attendees are physically stuck in one room staring at the same screen. In this kind of environment, there are many potential distractions, but there’s also a sameness to virtual events that you have to plan for and overcome.
That’s why you need a variety of interactive ways to engage your audience during a virtual event. Changing out the speakers is the least creative thing you can do in the virtual event. You should also consider:
Speaking in front of a live audience is one thing, but speaking virtually means you are in a feedback vacuum of sorts. Your speakers still must be confident and engaging but without face-to-face interactions. Plan to rehearse with your presenters, then show them what they looked like. That way they have plenty of time to shift their approach and come across as more professional and engaging.
We also recommend 5-minute tips for every stakeholder to help them make the best use of the technology you’re using. You may hear that jaded, “I’ve done a million of these events,” but the truth is that every software platform is a little different. The chances are high that during the event you’ll have a speaker, a vendor, or a conference attendee that has problems with the technology. Work with your vendor to handle these last-minute flare-ups, train your key stakeholders in advance, and offer tips and tricks as a general part of your virtual event production.
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