Virtual events are a new modal most of us are still trying to explore. People from different industries have recognized the benefits of hosting online shows. Both business owners and show attendees appreciate the experience. But, in order to get the true, full value of the virtual event, it is important to prepare yourself beforehand.
Schedule and Set Up
Honestly, the idea of working surrounded by all the comforts of home makes productivity impossible. Sitting on your beautiful living room couch, or on your bed with a computer upon your lap, open to plans with friends is exactly why you can’t check all the To-Do boxes you prepare. Hence, you need to create a whole ritual around it. First of all, free your schedule for the event as though you’d have to drive up to it. Then, select a designated place free of distractions and organize your equipment as you please. Preparing your favorite snacks and putting them at your disposal is also a plus. You will definitely need the maximum focus you can sustain.
Let’s begin with the obvious, maintain a high-speed internet connection. You don’t want the internet crushing during the event causing a stressful time. That’s why it is better to make sure the internet is in good condition before you attend.
Your charge cable should be nearby, good headphones and audio quality, and a comfortable chair. You might want to go the extra mile and get yourself lighting gear for night events. The thing is, equip your desk with everything you might need.
Networking is the creme of virtual or real-life events. Not only does it create a harmonious ambiance among the attendees, but it can also be an effective way to expand one’s business reach. To ensure the best outcomes, you need to:
Join community talks and connect with other attendees of the show. Generally, there would be discussion forums for such events where you can meet people and introduce yourself. Add people to your social media accounts for long-term connections.
Research speakers of the event online and check their areas of expertise. That will help you choose proper questions to ask during the event. You might want to add them to your social media accounts too.
Check out the website of the show hosts or download the app designed for the event. In fact, you will find everything you need to know about the speakers, the event agenda, and a community talks section.
During the event
You can’t be expected to watch the event passively. Regardless of how focused you are during the event, you need to ask questions and take notes. It doesn’t mean that you pressure yourself to speak when you have nothing to ask. At least, be prepared to answer the speaks when they ask for your opinion. If you take notes of the things you find interesting, it will help your thought process, and you might end up with a couple of questions to ask at last.
This might sound like a lot to do. But once you try to put more effort into the process, you will always feel the need to prepare for virtual events to maximize your long-term gains.