Recent government announcements stated that face to face meetings are, again, on pause for another six months. Therefore, we predict that more organisations, initially cautious and happy to wait for face to face to resume, will now move their events and meetings online. And with this change is the need to adjust how we are supporting attendees.
Like many people and organisations, Team ZiaBia have embraced the switch to the virtual event world – we are learning new things, talking to new clients and taking our business in a new direction.
People still want to meet even if it is via webcam - products and services must be marketed; awards need presenting; messages are to be shared.
We are sure that your team meetings will have been one of the first to switch and one of the easiest to sort out technical hitches and confidence glitches!
While you can mitigate and provide support for internal teams it's trickier to support external attendees. If you don’t know your audience, you need to anticipate any questions they may have. If they are struggling to adapt or are a bit of a technophobe then that could be a lot of questions!
By now most people will have attended their first online event so likely to be familiar with the concept. But they may still be nervous.
Here are a few ideas on how you can build confidence in your attendees and make their transition to virtual as easy as possible.
This could encompass a variety of scenarios, for example:
These are just a few quick ways you can support your attendees’ online experience. If you can demonstrate to your attendees your confidence in an online event, they will have the confidence to attend and participate. By setting expectations in advance, everyone will know what is expected of them on the day and this will make your attendees and feel more comfortable and enjoy the event.
If you would like to find out more about how you can ensure you are supporting attendees at your first (or next!) virtual event we would love to talk to you.
Coming soon we have the next in our 'technophobe' series 'How to support your speakers'