“Let’s be honest. At the best of times, business conferences can be a little … dull. But now that conferences have gone virtual, the risk of boring people to tears is very real.
But the reality is virtual conferences and events are going to be a big part of our future, definitely in the short term and possibly much longer than that. Nor is that all bad news — in terms of accessibility, cost savings, environmental footprint, etc., virtual events have a lot going for them. We just have to find a way to make them less of a drag …
In the interest of crowdsourcing and sharing ideas, I recently polled my 2 million social media followers, including around 1,000 people at my own company, on their most powerful hacks for making virtual conferences better. Here are some of their top tips from the frontlines (edited for length and clarity), with some commentary from me. Some of these are pretty intuitive; others are eye-opening — but I hope they’ll all be useful in defeating boring conferences!”
Do run organise an internal company conference? Are you considering running it virtually? Which of these “hacks” would work for you?
SHARE your thoughts with your team.
What can you collectively do to start work on this in your own organisation?
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