A fair conclusion to yesterday’s chat -
When debating whether your conference should be held online or off, whichever you choose, make it the best experience possible.
Yesterday’s lively chat brought many opinions on which type of conference is still preferred. But all agreed that three things are needed to make one a success:
- Engaging speakers
- Good information offered throughout
- A way to collaborate and network with other attendees
The one big upside of holding a conference online is lowering cost and the amount of worry that happens during travel. The ease and comfort of attending a conference at your desk or in your home is the main reason that a group may decide to hold a virtual conference. Another positive that came out in yesterday’s chat was the ability to IMMEDIATELY collaborate with others online during a speaker’s presentation.
The big downside of a virtual conference brought up yesterday was that online connections are great, but the creativity is lagging online compared to face-to-face collaboration. That and the lack of food present in the virtual realm. It is hard to replace a smile and a handshake with a new connection.
Whether you believe your conference needs face-to-face collaboration or quick and easy engagement, when you choose your conference to be online or off – GO WITH IT!
#MDS11 showed that an ALL online conference can still be a success, and there will always be elements of all conferences that are lacking; however, if you have engaging speakers, a good topic expressed throughout the conference, and many ways for attendees to collaborate and meet, then you should be good to go!
To get a full transcript of yesterday’s chat and read all of the fine details click the link below:
Thank you to @socialcitizen, @CaseFoundation & @acheive_consult again for all of the great information and experience provided at the Millennial Donor Summit. Also, a thanks to Kari Saratovsky (@socialcitizen) for taking questions at yesterday’s chat and providing good insight into the planning, obstacles, and techniques used for MDS11. To read her full report, click here.
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We will be talking virtual conferences for the rest of the week!