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How to Increase Participation + Reach for Virtual Events

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Virtual events were infrequent before the COVID-19 pandemic reshaped the world. Now, they’re everywhere. This transition has been hard for some businesses. Trying to engage participants virtually is not the same as it was with in-person events. Luckily, a virtual event can have the same excitement and reach as the ones before the coronavirus — with the right tools and tips, that is.

The Challenges of Engaging Online

As you’ve likely discovered, business events take on new challenges in the digital world. Something as basic as spreading the word looks different — the announcement must have a link to a platform where you’ll host the event. Bigger aspects, too, like question-and-answer sessions, are now changing.

The reality, however, is that this transition to the digital world is necessary. Until a vaccine or cure comes along, people around the world will be social distancing, wearing masks, and finding alternatives to in-person gatherings. And with virtual events, getting people to stay focused is critical.

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How To Make Meetings People Won’t Hate Attending

How to Make Meetings That People Won't Hate Attending
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It’s no secret – most of us love to hate meetings.

In article after article, study after study, research and anecdotal evidence suggests that meetings are easily one of the least popular workplace activities. And for good reason, as most are boring and in many cases amount to a complete waste of time and money.

In fact, a study conducted by Verizon Business revealed that a full 1/3 of meetings are unproductive – completely ineffective. Most meetings suffer from having no clear purpose or objective, they are neither inspiring nor motivating and are too often organized by weak presenters who are unprepared and overly redundant.

Regardless, meetings will remain commonplace in today’s team-based work environment, so you’ll simply have to make the effort to improve them.  There are many tried and true ways to do this – sending out invitations early, setting an agenda, encouraging participation, etc. – but even with these measures, most meetings still turn out dreary and dull.

So, let’s take it a step further. Let’s go beyond the run of the mill advice, with some lesser used, more creative tips that will help you spark engagement and foster productive, effective meetings that people won’t mind attending.

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You Need These Productivity Tools For Your Next Meeting

You Need these productivity tools for your meetings
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As anyone who has worked practically anywhere at any time in their life knows all too well, attending company meetings is an inevitable, not insignificant part of any job.

Management uses the weekly, monthly and/or yearly meeting as an opportunity to make sure everyone is on the same page at your company (here at MaestroConference, we have a meeting daily, the “Standup”). The “company meeting” is the time when you can plot and plan the future of your company and let everyone voice their opinions and ideas to collaborate and contribute to the company conversation.

However, despite all the good they can bring to your company and team, company meetings can deteriorate very quickly into a costly time sink if not done right.

Thankfully, there are many productivity tools and apps available for free or cheap that can help your meetings stay focused on task and agenda. Here are five of the best tools out there to ensure every meeting is a productive one.

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