How Do I Make My Virtual Event More Interactive?


How Do I Make My Virtual Event More Interactive?
Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

6/27/2022

From the friendly chatter and handshakes to the refreshment and entertainment breaks–everything about in-person gatherings contributes to a unique, engaging atmosphere. The buzz, fun, and interactivity of such events would have gone on uninterrupted were it not for the pandemic.

Many event video planners and organizations found a convenient get-around in video-conferencing technology but learning how to make a virtual event more interactive posed a major challenge. Just like creating a video transcription, engaging virtual experiences can help you extract maximum value out of your online gathering.   

As the demand for virtual events increases, it’s obvious there’s a need to simulate the buzz and interactivity of in-person occasions. Usage of virtual events platform 6Connex grew 1000% after the onset of the pandemic. Similarly, unique Zoom visitors rose from 1.4 billion in December 2021 to nearly 1.7 billion in February 2022. 

Ways to Make Virtual Events More Interactive

1. Incorporate a Live Q&A

Including a live Q&A session in your virtual event helps to bring order in handling questions from audience members while encouraging everyone’s active participation. It eliminates the chaos of hundreds or thousands of people commenting simultaneously and vying for the panelists’ attention. With a live Q&A session, you can easily prioritize and address the most important issues to the audience.

2. Implement Polls

Another way to discourage “sleeping through” your online event or signing out is by creating fun live polls. The vote doesn’t have to be on anything serious–you could ask the audience to rate different items on the event’s agenda. Similarly, invite participants to provide an opinion on the topics of discussion or keynote address. As people vote, you can have the results displayed in real-time. Live polls are a fun way to liven up a virtual event and increase the audience’s attention span.

3. Choose the Right Moderator or Emcee  

No matter the size of your virtual crowd, the face of your emcee will be close and visible to all. A moderator who’s upbeat, unique, and interesting will get more attention from attendees. They can also encourage engagement from participants by answering questions, overseeing and commentating on live polls, and reacting to chatroom comments. A few moderators or even one person who can steer the virtual proceedings in the right direction can make a world’s difference.

4. Take Care of the Trolls

The ability for people to engage each other remotely in virtual public forums has given rise to cyberbullying and trolling. So, when you’re thinking about ways to make a virtual event more interactive, you should ensure trolls don’t ruin the experience for everyone. Offensive speech sounds bad, and you certainly don’t want it on the final document from your video transcription services provider. To keep engagements respectful during your online event, have a “code of conduct,” an action plan, and a team in place to enforce it and moderate the proceedings. 

5. Incorporate Interactive Games, Competitions, and Prices 

You can boost live interactions during your virtual event by posing challenges that your audience will have fun solving. Let them participate with more than just their ears or eyes, such as by playing mini-games with prizes for winners. Anything that challenges them to think, provided it’s not too complicated can trigger an adrenaline rush that keeps their eyes glued to the screen from start to finish. Simple assignments that involve pictures and text can also provide a fun learning experience in any virtual setting.

6. Provide Real-Time Communication

Real-time communication between audiences and organizers enhances engagements during live online meetings. With virtual chat, individual guests can “DM'' relevant persons, ask questions, and receive direct answers. You can also have chat rooms where audience members with similar interests may gather and share ideas. 

7. Implement Virtual Networking

Even in the physical world, the keynote address or entertainment aren’t the only attractions in meetings. People often seek out more, such as social or professional networking. There’s also good reason to provide these benefits in your virtual event. To implement virtual networking, start by revealing who’s coming to your event (create a directory of participants). Also, make it possible for attendees to create their own profiles or private virtual gatherings to engage each other outside of the main event.  

Seek Out Best Zoom Transcription Services for Your Virtual Event

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Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy

Beth Worthy is the Cofounder & President of GMR Transcription Services, Inc., a California-based company that has been providing accurate and fast transcription services since 2004. She has enjoyed nearly ten years of success at GMR, playing a pivotal role in the company's growth. Under Beth's leadership, GMR Transcription doubled its sales within two years, earning recognition as one of the OC Business Journal's fastest-growing private companies. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids.