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Design Engaging Virtual Events
to Be More in Demand

Robbie SamuelsGuest Expert:

Robbie Samuels
(About Robbie)

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The Program:

Savvy speakers realize events are about content and connection. Attendees travel to a big event not just for the great content, but for great connections. According to the International Association of Exhibitions and Events, 76% of people surveyed said that networking was a top driver for why they chose an event.

Until recently, virtual events were just another way to consume content. However, cutting-edge speakers and event producers capitalize on participants’ need for opportunities to connect with each other. If virtual events are a part of your business plan, you need to get better at online facilitation and virtual event design. We all do.

Those who figure out how to meet participants’ need to connect will be sought out not just for their expertise, but their ability to integrate their knowledge with interactive online events. But figuring out how to facilitate or emcee using virtual presentation platforms (Zoom, Teams, GoToWebinar, Webex, Connect) has a serious learning curve.

You will learn to:

  • think differently about how and when to use online tools
  • avoid replicating in-person events and instead reimagine them
  • know why and when and how to use music in your remote session
  • manage group introductions utilizing strong facilitation skills and tech tools
  • minimize tech errors when presenting by providing a “Zoom rider” to clients

More about our guest expert:

Robbie Samuels is a keynote speaker, TEDx speaker, and relationship-based business strategist who has been recognized as a “networking expert” by Harvard Business Review Ascend, Forbes, Lifehacker, and Inc. In light of COVID-19, he is assisting organizations with bringing this more engaging experience to virtual events as a Virtual Event Design Consultant and Emcee.

He is the author of the bestselling business book Croissants vs. Bagels: Strategic, Effective, and Inclusive Networking at Conferences. His clients include associations, women’s leadership summits, and corporations including Marriott, AmeriCorps, Hostelling International, and General Assembly.

Robbie is the host of the “On the Schmooze” podcast, which features his networking strategies and talented professionals sharing untold stories of leadership and networking. Join Robbie every week for his free weekly Virtual Happy Hours — a fun way to network and continue to experiment with Zoom. Sign up at www.NoMoreBadZoom.com.


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