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As we approach one full year since the pandemic put a pause on large in-person gatherings, most meetings professionals have successfully settled into and embraced virtual and hybrid meeting experiences. The question then becomes, how do we successfully engage a virtual audience without conventional in-person strategies? In this month's Education Essentials, you'll find ideas for engaging your audience in meaningful and impactful ways, including recommendations for tools to boost attendee engagement, engagement strategies for your team, best practices for virtual meetings and more.
FICP Chats: Engagement Strategies for Your Team and Your Attendees
In this FICP Chats from last fall, hear from Jen Squeglia, CMP, FICP Board Member, as she brings together FICP meetings professionals and hospitality partners to moderate a discussion about the future of meetings.
One year into the pandemic, how do you beat Zoom fatigue and keep people engaged and motivated? During this discussion, the facilitators focused on innovative and creative techniques – whether it be for yourself, your team, co-workers and/or meeting attendees. Topics included networking activities, teambuilding, games, musical entertainment, CSR and gifting. View the recording on TheNetwork.
FICP Short: Best Practices to Elevate Virtual Meetings with Audrey Thomas
In this FICP Short, Audrey Thomas shares how you can be your best, even in a virtual setting, with these vital communication best practices.
What Attendees Want From Virtual, Hybrid and In-Person Meetings in 2021
A group of recently released surveys shed some light on what meetings professionals should expect this year. Check out this article for the highlights from the survey. Most notably, networking and engagement remain the top challenges for virtual events, most respondents do not feel comfortable attending large events until late 2021, work-related travel restrictions may continue to be a factor this year, and vaccines are key to in-person gatherings.
10 Virtual Event Audience Engagement Ideas
Engaging your audience in-person is challenging enough, but keeping your audience engaged virtually is an entirely new feat. In this article, learn how you can keep your virtual audience engaged by providing interactive elements that are unique and surprising. This ensures your audience feels involved in the event. Consider hosting live and pre-event polling to tailor the content to your audience, shipping virtual event bags for a tangible attendee experience, incorporating gamification throughout the event and hosting a tasting session with a food or wine expert.
#TBT - Top 10 Ways to Engage Attendees at Virtual Meetings and Events
In this FICP blog post from November, we look at the top 10 ways to engage attendees at virtual meetings and events, including hiring live keynote speakers, leveraging social media, offering breakout sessions for small-group discussions, and keeping the meeting short and sweet.
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