There is a growing number of events that are held virtually. It makes sense. After all, a virtual event saves you the time and cost of traveling to attend an event. Plus it saves the organizer the cost of renting a venue, plus the logistic hassles that always accompany a live face-to-face event.
But just as you would pack and prepare for a “real” event, you should do the same for a virtual event.
So let’s assume you will be attending a 3-day virtual event from the comfort of your office. Here are some tips for getting the most out of the event.
1. Set Aside Time
If you were physically attending an event in another city, you would “be” there – in the room, taking notes, listening to the presentations.
It should be the same for a virtual event. Clear your calendar. Tell your family that you will be busy. Go into your office – and STAY there for the presentations.
2. Turn Off Your Work
Sure it’s tempting to check your email, do a little surfing, even check Facebook. But if you spend your time doing that, then you’re not giving your full attention to the presentations. Remember if you were in the presentation room, you would give it your full attention. Do yourself a favor and focus on the content. After all, that’s what you paid for!
3. Implement Quickly
One of the advantages to attending from home is that you DO have your computer at hand. So rather than wandering around during the breaks, why not go ahead and start implementing right away? You’ll be amazed at how many tasks you can do immediately, while it’s fresh on your mind.
4. Network With Other Attendees
Many virtual events provide chat rooms or Facebook groups that you can join. Do that before the event starts. Then drop by during the breaks to see what others are saying or asking. You’ll form fast friendships, just as you would at a live event.
5. Provide Feedback
Most event organizers want to hear from you, so take time to let them know what you liked and didn’t like about the event. If you’re comfortable doing so, create a testimonial they can add to the website and send it to them as early in the event as possible.
Not only is your testimonial likely to appear on the website, but your name may be mentioned during the live event. It’s another way to get free publicity.
Virtual events can be fun and profitable, particularly when you give them the same attention you would give a live face-to-face event. So make your next virtual event your best ever!
You attending Web Camp this weekend? Then drop by Facebook during the breaks and we’ll chat about what we’re learning!