LS607 Lessons from a Year of Explosive Virtual Event Growth: Dos, Don’ts, and OMGs
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Thursday, March 23
What do you do when your organization goes from doing just a handful of webinars here and there to an average of more than one virtual event a day, spanning over a dozen project teams—in just a few months? How do you acquire the platform, find the people, and build the processes to meet rapidly growing demand? A team at Advocates for Human Potential figured it out along the way.
This session will explore how the organization pulled it off when demand for virtual events more than tripled over the course of a few months—from the early weeks and months of operating in silos with inadequate tools, to scrambling to find willing event production staff among existing employees. You will see how they learned through trial and error to successfully establish a virtual solutions function, and slowly but surely built a cohesive, scalable process and team.
In this session, you will learn:
- How to minimize event risk despite inadequate staffing or limited platforms
- How to identify supporters and team members who can help share the load
- How to bridge the gap between technical expertise and content expertise
- Tips for building an effective event process
- How to demonstrate your value to gain support in the organization
Novice to intermediate designers, developers, and managers.
discussed in this session:
Adobe Connect, Adobe Connect Event Management, integrated audio, phone and VOIP audio, general collaboration and messaging tools, general calendar tools.
Manager, Virtual Solutions
Advocates for Human Potential
Kristen King is a manager of virtual solutions at Advocates for Human Potential, where she leads the strategic use of web conferencing and eLearning technology, video and audio, and creative digital solutions across AHP’s project portfolio. She directly advises on webinars, virtual classrooms, eLearning, and overall virtual learning strategy on the corporate and contract-specific levels. Kristen is particularly known for her ability to translate static content into engaging digital products. She holds a master of professional studies (MPS) degree and is a certified virtual event producer, as well as a dynamic, engaging trainer and presenter.
Virtual Learning Assistant
Advocates for Human Potential
Joe Manney is a virtual learning assistant at Advocates for Human Potential, where he coordinates, supports, and assists virtual event production for multiple contracts. In addition to providing live webinar production and technical support, Joe coordinates virtual scheduling, which includes building registration and event info pages through Adobe Connect. He also helps develop continuing education quizzes and interfaces directly with service providers to ensure proper use and maintenance of AHP’s virtual event technology. From the Adobe Creative Suite to the WebEx Event Manager, he leverages emerging communication technologies to provide top-tier project support. Joe is also a certified virtual event producer.