The team at NCC gathers to watch the IACC hybrid events webinar
Watching an IACC webinar was like sitting in a living room with a wise relative. The speaker Samuel J. Smith told the audience a few things we already knew about the family and brought a whole lot of knowledge that you wished you had a pad of paper and pen to write down. For concepts we weren’t already implementing, his ideas made us say, “How clever! I never thought about that.” In this case, we did take notes and tweeted ideas that others might find interesting. A mix of individuals from our conference planning team, catering and marketing team attended the hybrid events webinar hosted by IACC. Thoughts we found interesting were:
- Ideabooks and t-shirts for your virtual attendees – Samuel Smith recommends sending virtual attendees a physical gift to make them feel just as important as if they were attending in person.
- Create action – By moving the camera angles and not leaving a camera in one position, this creates create for the attendee and is more exciting for them to watch.
- Breaks aren’t the same for virtual attendees – Virtual attendees are able to go refill their coffee and use the restroom during breaks but don’t have the same networking experience. Samuel Smith highly suggests filling breaks with custom content for virtual attendees which also makes them feel equally valued.
- Don’t exert all efforts into hybrid – This will make the face-to-face attendees feel less significant. It should be the perfect amount of attention divided between the two audiences.
This was the first in an almost monthly series by The Conference Publishers and IACC. The content was easily understandable for all levels of planners. Some concepts were considered common sense to an experienced planner; planning experience in our room ranged from 20+ years of planning all the way down to the start of a career. Other concepts resonated with the planners and spun into a conversation during the webinar, meaning the content served it’s purpose and was valuable to the virtual audience.
With most webinars, attendees could type in live questions and have them directly answered by the speaker during the session. Our blog post, Spicy Ideas: IACC’s NEW Bright Ideas Webinar Series featured the details of the series. It’s a different topic each session and lucky for planners who are tired of the same content, it’s something new that isn’t over-discussed and tired. View the upcoming sessions on IACC’s webinar events page.