This online session is designed to do three things at once:
- Learn (and share) best practices for online events, conferences, classes and webinars; get practical online networking ideas.
- Experience four easy online networking activities to apply to your own events.
- Meet and connect with 5-10 colleagues doing similar work as you.
Fun and participatory, this session is attendee-driven and built on active learning and peer sharing. You’ll be on audio/video as you meet other professionals who are working on virtual conferences, events, and classes. Come with your own ideas – plus your questions and challenges!
This session is designed to demonstrate that you can get groups to connect and network online – and you’ll actually see how it’s done! While much of the transition to online events has focused on content, we’ll concentrate on delivering the connection-building that’s often as valuable at conferences and events.
What this is:
- Peer learning and sharing
- Meeting fellow events/learning pros
- Fun, fast-paced and engaging
- Solving your own challenges
What this is NOT:
- No product demos
- No talking-head experts doing a PowerPoint
- No awkward networking
This is not a generic business networking meet-up. It’s designed specifically to teach professionals how to implement online networking strategies in their own online events. We reserve the right to exclude registrants who are not actively involved in virtual conferences, events, classes, and webinars.
Want to get comfortable using Zoom before the workshop? Show up at 12:45 for a quick familiarization on how to turn your audio and video on/off, use chat, change your name, switch views, and annotate images.
This session will be recorded and posted.
As this is an interactive session and not just a presentation, spots are limited. Attendance is limited to 80% event organizers; 20% to vendors/consultants; sign up as appropriate.
You'll need a computer with a camera and a microphone. To experience effective online networking, attendees must join with audio and video.
For a better participant experience, join from a computer with a large screen rather than a phone or tablet. (Mobile devices tend to have less functionality and are less well suited to participatory meetings and online networking.)
This online workshop will use Zoom. Download the Zoom desktop app.
Schedule (all times Eastern)
12:45 - Virtual classroom opens; optional pre-session familiarization on using Zoom
12:55 - Doors open for the main online session
1:00 - Online workshop starts
1:05 - "Doors close" to online meeting
1:45 - Break
2:30 - Closing and adjourn
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should attend?
Professionals involved in the planning or execution of online conferences, online events, and webinars. This includes conference directors and conference planners. You should be planning virtual events or have already organized online events.
I won't be able to make the start time? Or I'll need to leave early.
This workshop is designed to build through a logical, step-by-step process. Please enter the workshop when it's set to start; the session will be set to block attendees from joining after the official start time. As a result, you may leave early, but you won't be able to reenter.
How do I join the workshop?
You'll receive an email a few days in advance with a Zoom link/code to join the online meeting. This will NOT happen instantaneously when you register.
About your online meeting facilitator
Lee Gimpel is the founder of Better Meetings, which provides in-person and online meeting facilitation, training, and design services. Formerly, as Director of Development for LifeWise Strategies, he spent a decade overseeing the training/education company’s products that helped organizations design and facilitate better programs, more authentic client connections, and dynamic classes. He’s worked with organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, United Way, and the USMC. Previously, he worked at Capital One and started his career as a software manager on the tech conference circuit. He’s written for Inc., Fast Company, and BusinessWeek and has been quoted in HuffPost, Convene, Prevue Meetings & Incentives, Tradeshow News Network, and MeetingsNet.