🔥 The Best of the Best:
- Engaging Your Audience: Virtual Event Speakers – The Ultimate Hacks For Success
- Anatomy Of Virtual Events: Virtual Breakout Rooms: Different Types & How They Work
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Virtual events are using their platforms to speak out against injustice ✊
(Plus some Father’s Day content too!)
One of the posts that I am sharing today is about speakers and the critical role that they play during events. It got me thinking about what exactly makes a great speaker compared to a mediocre one.
I love when presenters are energetic, speak eloquently, and deliver their message with authority. But what really makes me adore them and hang onto every word is when they take the time to connect with the audience on a deeper level.
Yes, how the speaker/host/presenter delivers the message is important. But what’s even more important to me is the message itself. This stood out to me during the ESPYS this weekend when Russell Wilson, Megan Rapinoe, and Sue Bird kicked off the show with a powerful conversation about racial injustice.
For five minutes, they highlighted Black athletes that transcended their sports and fought for equality. It was a beautiful introduction that interwove the importance of athletics bringing people together and the current events happening in our world. It also recognized professional sports as a platform that can spark conversations and evoke lasting change.
It would’ve felt wrong if the Black Lives Matter movement and racial inequality weren’t addressed at all during the ESPYS. This message is important, and I’m glad the producers of this event chose these three athletes to deliver it. It connected the audience and engaged them in a way that was deeper than just watching athletes receive some awards.
In addition to the ESPYS, last night, John Legend hosted a special on ABC called A Bigger Love Father’s Day. This was a clever way to celebrate fathers while still in quarantine.
Some of my loyal readers know about my dad. He has made an appearance in this newsletter a few times and has provided some much needed comedic relief. He is incredibly important to me, and I was kind of bummed that we weren’t able to celebrate him in the usual way this Father’s Day. So the ABC special full of skits and performances was enjoyable to watch.
However, there was a meaningful message featured in this program as well. During one of the performances, John Legend sang his song Never Break while showing various pictures of fathers and their children. What made it such a powerful moment was the addition of pictures/videos of George Floyd and his daughter as well as Trayvon Martin with his dad.
John Legend was the speaker in this case, and he engaged the audience using much more than his undisputed vocal talents. His ability to celebrate dads everywhere and shine a light on the current atrocities happening in the world, all while giving a stunning performance at Griffith Observatory was flawless.
Now I know John himself was not the sole curator of this moment. But the producers of this program purposefully selected each element (the song, the pictures, and the setting) and brought them together to construct a moment that will stick with viewers forever.
These moments are powerful. So beyond selecting great speakers, make sure that the message they deliver to your event’s audience is one that you want to share. As an event planner, you have the ability to create touching moments like these. Make sure you do.
And now… The Weekly Soundcheck!
🗣️ Speakers can make or break your event… especially when it’s virtual (15-minute read)
We’ve all been there. You get excited for an event, you’re all ready to go either sitting in your seat or logged in virtually, and the emcee does an amazing job building the anticipation and creating electric energy in the room. Then, the first speaker takes the stage, and…. they suck. All the energy is deflated and the audience starts to wonder why they attended this event at all. Or worse, they click away from the virtual event site. It’s the worst! And is exactly why we compiled a list of speaking tips for both presenters and planners to ensure that this terrible deflation never occurs!
✨ Articles and resources
- Our Best Tips to Finding Engaging Conference Speakers
- Creating Engaging Virtual Event Experiences
- Controversial Speakers At Events: The Breakdown
Need help coaching your speakers? Endless Events can help!
By now, you know the importance of having excellent speakers at your virtual and hybrid events. If you need help nurturing those speakers towards success, that’s something we can do!
🖥️ There’s more to virtual breakout rooms than meets the eye! (8-minute video)
When I say “campfire session,” what do you picture? If I were to ask you if you wanted your event to include a demonstration or a workshop, would you know which one to choose? If not, that’s okay. There are so many variations of breakout rooms that it’s hard to keep them all straight. That’s why Will filmed this week’s episode of Whiteboard Wednesday that explains the different types of virtual breakout rooms and how they work.
✨ More episodes of Whiteboard Wednesday:
▶️ Latest shows and podcasts
- Event Brew – GBAC STAR Accreditation: A New Standard For The Industry 🆕
- #EventIcons – Virtual Product Launch Turned Hackathon: A Success Story 🆕
- Event Tech Podcast – Mindfulness In Events: Shaping The Leaders of The Industry
📆 Upcoming events
✨ June 24th – 1:00 PM ET – Will is having a discussion and Q&A with Nick Borelli and Corey McCarthy about How to Plan for Hybrid Events
✨ June 30 – 1:00 PM CDT – Will is doing a webinar with PCMA about Thinking Outside the Typical Lecture
✨ July 7th – 9 AM MST – Will is doing a webinar on What Does “Virtual” Really Mean For Event Pros?
📚 Radiant Resources
YouTube created a playlist entitled Continuing the Conversation that includes 16 videos of academics, athletes, and more engaging in discussions about fighting systemic racism.
During the ESPYS, they played a P&G commercial that I had never seen before called The Look. With no words at all, the commercial depicted bias perfectly and even included a call to action to use the hashtag: #TalkAboutBias.
😅 Silly Scientific Findings
This Tweet made our whole team laugh so hard:
And the replies got us even closer to the real deal:
Ahh to go back to the days of lanyards and picked-over muffin trays. 😍
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