1. Know your audience - Who are you meeting with? What pace is going to work best for them? What strategies can you use to stay engaged and focused? What key takeaways are they expecting from the meeting?>
Your audience should always be the "driver" and shaper of a virtual event. Helping them connect early on with What's In It for Me (WIIFM) makes it a win-win for all parties involved.
2. Be comfortable with the tools at hand - Knowing as much as you can about the platforms you are using is critical to success. Also being comfortable in not really knowing is a key factor. Spending time on the platforms you are using prior to your session will help you gain confidence. Practice, even if you are the only person on the line. Consider how you will transition from section to section, engagement then content.
3. Know When you will engage and how. Having a plan around engagement strategies during virtual events is probably even more important than in the in person realm, given the brevity of our attention span in the virtual domain. Consider the tools you have around engagement - polls, breakouts, annotation, chat etc. What is available to you within the platforms you are using? What are the engagement activities you are going to include?
4. What is the end point or takeway from the meeting/process? Starting with the end in mind will help you with the overall arc or pace of the call, along with the questions you ask and engagement opportunities you choose. Make a note around what are the one or two things you want to make sure people leave with.
Have a great weekend,
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