Even though in-person events have returned (thank God!), virtual events are here to stay.
Virtual events are a different animal from in-person events, and that includes audience engagement. You have to be intentional about HOW you engage them, WHEN to engage them, and the WHY behind your engagement tactic. Yes it’s that deep. After all, they can easily click to Facebook on another tab or start texting.
Here are five ways to easily engage your virtual audience:
CALL THEIR NAME
What do people love to hear the most? Their name. Chemical reactions literally happen when we hear our name; dopamine and seratonin are released into our brain
LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION!
Ask them to type the city, state, or country where they’re logging in from, in the chat. It’s an easy icebreaker to start with. You can even get creative and ask them what room in their home they are in. You may get some really funny answers!
Hunts are good to get people moving who have been sitting a while. Some ideas for what to have them locate around the home or office:
WHEEL OF NAMES
Go to wheelofnames.com. Good for randomly picking people for questions or prizes
At the end of your event, ask them to sum up their biggest takeaway or “aha” in 6 words in the chat. It forces brevity! Plus, this lets you know what part of your material stuck out to attendees the most. It’s good feedback!
This is just a small part of what I’m showing the ladies about how to engage their audience in my “The Confident, Clear, and Engaging Speaker” virtual workshop on October 16th. We’ll cover in-person and virtual ways to capture their attention.
We are covering two other big areas I see struggles with: Content and Managing Nerves/Confidence.
This workshop is for Christian female entrepreneurs who are ready to leave the public speaking struggle behind and present their best selves to the audience. No more rambling with content and boring the audience! I’m only accepting 15 ladies.
>>I’ve already had some spots filled. If you’d like to get in the virtual room, get more details and register here.<<
As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ. To him belong glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
- 1 Peter 4:10-11
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