Virtual presentations and online webinars: Are they the future of meetings, conferences, and events? It’s a fair question given current shifts in the tradeshow, destination marketing, and meeting planning industries? We continue our series of market research and case studies by sharing our recent findings on the topic of livestreaming online programs. From how to give better virtual presentations and webinars to crafting online classes or courses that connect, here’s a brief overview of what our management consulting team has found as it goes about studying the shape of today’s fast-changing marketplace. Be sure to check back regularly for new updates – many more insights will be shared.

Topic: How to Give an Amazing Virtual Presentation

Scenario: As virtual presentations keynote speakers and business owners, we may be biased, but it’s our position that not all remote or online presentations are created equal – and all sorts of handy, cost-effective tools and tricks can help you spice up your online programs.

Insight: You can add more interactivity, polls, and call-and-response to your presentations to take them up a notch, or even introduce interactive graphics, 3D animations, and more to spice them up. Likewise, by making these programs shorter, or adding breakout or group sessions and other activity elements, there are other ways that you can keep things more fun and engaging for a remote audience that increasingly prefers programs and presentations to be presented in shorter-form format.

Topic: Is it Time to Scrap Your Office and Switch to Remote Work?

Scenario: With the growing push towards remote and virtual work, every business leader is questioning if they should still be paying for office space – it helps to consider some important variables.

Insight: Many firms still maintain offices (which they’re using as optional areas for brainstorming and ideation), but will the switch to virtual work make it more difficult for workers to collaborate and corporate culture to gel in general? What about talent – can you offer them the same growth and development opportunities remotely that they’d have on-site? Given that face to face time is often important to building relationships, or sparking chance encounters, would it maybe be better to switch to a hybrid model? There are many factors and pros/cons to consider here, including arguments for and against abandoning the office.