Technology

All of us in the association space with any connection to in-person events have been on a crazy learning ride. How do we create powerful virtual events? Here’s what I’ve been reading lately.

Virtual meetings are here to stay. Time to start thinking about how to optimize our virtual time together. Here are 7 tips to follow when hosting or leading a webinar for training/education or facilitating or attending a virtual meeting.

Do not fear the virtual meeting, meet-up or webinar. Remember we’re in a “BETA timezone” where we’re all trying and testing new things. So own it – the beta test. Here are 5 tips to owning it.

It’s safe to say that our support for components (chapters etal) took on a different look this past month. We had to scramble to re-orient messaging and timetables, shift resources, add resources, add time to support chapters shifting to virtual, and maybe cancel volunteer leader training. So how do we re-orient our support and training for the rest of 2020? What do we need to think about as long-term shifts? What other short-term shifts need to be adopted? Virtual Idea Swap #2 is about what’s next.

Yes, lots of national associations are acting to help members in this pandemic. And that’s great. Let’s not overlook though the need to to find help in my hometown. Its reaching across the street or county to get the extra help or the virtual hug. And, with so much of the effort to fight the pandemic is in the hands of the state – our ability to have the local voice for political advocacy is tripled! With that in mind, associations can tap chapters to strengthen their lines of engagement with members. Bottom line – you can be the superhero for your chapters. Here are some ways; read more on Billhighway.

Most predictions put the use, and the reliance, on digital meetings and work as rapidly increasing. The good news then is the skills we are rapidly improving in this time of physical-distancing will be useful long after the virus’ hold on us has ended. One set of skills I know we’ll be using are those needed for creating effective virtual meetings and work. Let’s jump start those skills with a few resources.

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