Thanks to technology, we’re all able to access learning and networking opportunities that used to require a plane ticket and a few nights in a hotel. While returning to in-person events is still the goal, there are a LOT of great things about virtual events. Here are seven tips and tricks to help you get the most out of it.
Before the event, review the agenda to determine which speakers and sessions interest you. Then simply add them to your calendar and mark that time as “busy” on your work calendar to minimize other meeting requests!
Your profile is how others will see you within the virtual environment. People are more likely to engage if you include your headshot, name, title and company.
Add a short description to your Bio to introduce yourself and include topics you’re interested in discussing!
Live sessions include speaker Q&A and engagement with attendees. Get your questions answered and join discussions with other attendees in the chat box when you tune in for the live presentation. Fortunately, if you HAVE to miss a session, most are available on demand for your convenience!
Have some questions ready before joining the session. If the speaker doesn’t get to your question, reach out to them in the virtual portal by sending a private message.
It’s tempting to multi-task during virtual events, but to get the most out of a virtual event, it’s important to focus on the content!
Do the following to minimize distractions:
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Just because it’s a virtual event doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of opportunities for networking. The attendee database shows everyone who is registered for the event and if they’re currently online or not. If they’re online, you can initiate a private message and start the conversation instantly! Otherwise, you can send them an email or quickly forward them your vCard (virtual business card) to connect.
Use these suggested conversation starters:
If you want to discuss a topic with a larger group of people, this is the perfect place to do it! Start a thread on the message board and respond to other messages. Check back often to see if there are new messages or updates about the event.