Easy & effective ways to add networking to your online events

When:  Sep 10, 2020 from 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (ET)
Learn easy ways to get attendees to meet and network online … by doing it yourself with a great group of fellow events pros.

About this Event

This online session is designed to do three things at once:

  1. Learn (and share) best practices for online events, conferences, classes and webinars; get practical online networking ideas.
  2. Experience 4 easy online networking activities to apply to your own events.
  3. Meet and connect with 4-6 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
  • Learn-by-doing
  • 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 networking meet-up. It’s designed specifically to teach professionals how to implement online networking strategies in their own online events.

Want to get comfortable using Zoom before the workshop? Show up at 10:45 for a quick familiarization on how to turn your audio and video on/off, use chat, change your name, switch views, and annotate images.

Tech requirements

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 the Zoom desktop app.

Schedule (all times Eastern)

10:45 - Virtual classroom opens; optional pre-session familiarization on using Zoom

10:55 - Doors open for the main online session

11:00 - Online workshop starts

11:05 - "Doors close" to online session

11:45 - Break

12:30 - Closing and adjourn

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should attend?

Professionals involved in the planning or execution of online conferences, online events, and webinars, as well as online learning sessions.

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 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.


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