Live events are back, and we couldn’t be more excited.
We attended our first in-person event since March 2020, ConFex 2021 in London and It felt great to be meeting in person again. Even though in-person events are back, that doesn’t mean virtual events have stopped happening, far from it in fact.
Virtual is sticking, and that’s for many reasons. Mostly due to budget constraints, the amount of reach virtual garners and of course, health and safety concerns. The Delta variant is still wreaking havoc in many countries.
Something gleaned from Confex, was the way in which we all consume content has changed during the pandemic. We are used to being able to just switch off when we are bored. We move between tabs or devices or unmute that Netflix shows that we were busy watching (PSA, Tiger King 2 is happening). This translated to Confex in that, if people weren’t engaged in what the speaker was saying, they simply got up and left.
Much like what they would have done in a virtual environment. Content overload leads to people simply disengaging.
So how do you combat this?
We have put together some fun non-content ideas for you to throw into the mix at your next live, virtual or hybrid event.
- Creative breakaway rooms; This works really well for virtual events. Organise fun breakaways, where people can talk about a particular topic. For example, the attendees can chat about their pets or a sport or a computer game (you know your attendees and what makes them tick). This is a great networking opportunity too!
- Include a fun game, like Bingo! If your event is hybrid the folks at home can be involved too.
- Keep presentations PowerPoint light (we know this can be really difficult) and perhaps include fun graphics or real-time illustrations. This is such a great trend! It’s fun, different and engaging. It is a fabulous talking point during networking.
- We have said it before, and we shall say it again. Include a wellness activity. 15 minutes of meditation or stretching. Chair yoga perhaps?
All of these fun ideas can easily be incorporated into our platform and all translate into a purely virtual space.
If you need a few more ideas on how to keep your virtual attendees engaged have a read of our post on the matter here.