Engaging your teams or your leads in a remote world comes with additional challenges. People are tired of Zoom meetings, and today’s Zoom fatigue is mainly due to one issue: virtual team events are not taken seriously. Everyone acts as if no preparation was needed, and would usually be multitasking and not 100% engaged.
But you don’t have to put your team inspiration, alignment and reconnection efforts, or your business development activities with strategic accounts on hold because you are remote. There are ways to succeed in organizing winning online events.
There is no big secret, no magic tool, no advanced technology… We’ve organized more than 50 learning expeditions over the past few years, with an average satisfaction score of 9,3 on 10. What has made our offline events successful is exactly what makes our online events successful.
These are the 5 ingredients to our success:
Preparation, preparation and… preparation
Failure to prepare is the best way to prepare to fail. We usually need at least 6-8 weeks to co-design the event, and to communicate about the event.
We co-design our programs with the client with weekly followups, and make sure our facilitators keep the participants engaged during the event all the time, with a minute by minute dry run of the event.
Involve participants early on
We involve the participants early on and engage them throughout the experience. We help our client communicate about the event a month or two before the D-day to bring momentum.
We can organize assessments before and after, ice-breaking games to engage them from the start, we usually give the participants some homework during the event and facilitate debriefings and workshops after the talks. Participants commit to attend our events and are followed-up on even after the event.
Engaging speakers and impactful content
We have a large network in innovation ecosystems around the world. We source the most relevant speakers to help you achieve your learning or business objectives. We design a program with your business outcomes in mind, and we ensure through multiple reviews that the speakers are engaging and the content is inspiring.
“Out of the box” experiences
What participants love about learning expeditions is to experience the “behind the scenes” of a place, or the customer journey of a product/service. With online events, these are still possible. The speakers can share their experience, with live walkthrough or live demo if it’s relevant, just as they would do it during a physical meeting. And because our events are meant to create deeper connections among the participants as well, we can organize fun networking moments to achieve that outcome (virtual coffee breaks, virtual beer or food tasting…).
Impeccable logistics = No bugs
With our learning expeditions, logistics is actually a significant part of the effort. In a remote world, the digital tools need to be user-friendly and work perfectly to serve the overall experience. There is a growing number of tools for videoconferencing, collaboration or networking. Some of them are surprisingly good in terms of experience, as they recreate and even improve the experience of co-creation (Miro, for example) or networking (Remo is very impressive!).
With inspiring content, dynamic facilitators, short sessions and fun networking moments, digital seminars are excellent substitutes to offline events, with considerable advantages: no limitation in the number of participants, and the possibility to have even richer content with speakers from around the world.
Don’t hesitate to contact us to know more about our online seminars services!