Virtual events are nothing new. Yet COVID-19 has people scrapping travel itineraries and signing up for online sessions, workshops, and classes. Instead of a crowded expo floor, they'll be watching educational and informational sessions in their homes.
Taking your event online has some benefits:
- Operational costs are reduced compared to an in-person conference.
- More people can potentially attend.
- When recorded, you have content you can reuse or potentially monetize.
So how can you make the show go on? As we all pivot from face-to-face events to virtual options, we've identified some good resources so you can easily access some of the best practices for video conferencing and online events.
Take a look.
Online Meeting Resources Toolkit for Facilitators
Some of the topics include
- How to move meetings online from NovoEd
- Laura Vargas' Virtual Leadership: Leading in the Distributed Workplace (PDF)
- Effective Virtual Team Meetings from Nancy Dixon
- Online Training Series from Training for Change
#NPCOVID19 from Beth Kanter and Others
We keep pointing to this list because it's so great and continues to add resources daily. It's a Google Doc crowdsourced by Beth Kanter and 19 other people including TechSoup's Susan Tenby. Some highlights include
- Coronavirus and What You Need to Know About Postponing and Cancelling Events a webinar from CharityHowto
- How Social Good Organizations Can Build Community at a Social Distance via sgENGAGE/Blackbaud
- What You Need to Know About Hosting Effective Virtual Meetings, a free e-book from Boardable
- Going Viral: Taking Your Conference Online for COVID-19 by Brianna Beehler and Devin Griffiths
- Cvent's Virtual Events: The Ultimate Guide
- Coronavirus Scare: How to Make Virtual Events Not Suck by Rob Enderle
And Some from TechSoup
- How to Bring Your Live or In-Person Events Online —a free webinar from TechSoup.
- Pivoting to Remote Work — a free COVID-19 response course track for nonprofits.
- Microsoft Teams for Nonprofits free courses — learn to set up and run live events and participate in online conversations.
- TechSoup COVID-19 Forum — share ideas, ask questions, and find support for your virtual conferences.