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Webinar Recap: Shake Up Your Virtual Events

Hey, do you know what time it is? It’s time to SHAKE UP YOUR VIRTUAL EVENTS! But really though — everyone is tired of the home office humdrum. Add some spice (and a twist) to your next town hall or webinar and break away from boring with great video events! 
 

BlueJeans has partnered with The Bubble Tap Trailer for a co-hosted mixology lesson that’s sure to loosen up your live streaming. Get pro tips on how to keep your audience engaged, then learn how to make an Apple Spiced Whiskey Sour — the perfect crowd-pleaser for the holiday season! Watch the video below for the complete recipe and meet Jennifer Disotell, mixologist and co-founder of The Bubble Tap.

   
Also, a shout out to our volunteer Jeff for using the ‘raise hand’ feature and appearing on camera during the event. This is EXACTLY what we mean by encouraging interactivity during your virtual events!  
 
Improve the Streaming Experience  
 
Let’s face it — employees, customers, and stakeholders need a recharge. We’re quickly approaching the WFH one-year mark and many of us miss that pep in our step. The workforce is geographically separated, and that can cause a negative cascading effect into our productivity and cultural DNA. As an event manager, either in marcomms, IT, or HR, check out these three best practices to bring your next company presentation to life.  
 
Actively Manage and Encourage Participation 
 
While it’s the presenters’ job to speak on camera and focus on their content, the event moderators should be closely connected to the audience. That means using all of the communications and layout features at your disposal to improve the exchange of information. For instance, send announcements to the audience throughout the event to remind them about polls, Q&A, and chat. Although some attendees gravitate towards these features organically, others need a nudge sometimes. This is a great way to turn your one-way presentation into a large-scale conversation with great participation. 
 
 
Bring Your Interactive ‘A’ Game 
 
For those attendees that want to actively join the conversation, give them the option to raise their hand and appear on camera. Remember, these are called ‘virtual events’ for a reason — they're meant to imitate the social aspects of an on-site presentation or meet and greet. By utilizing the raise hand option, moderators can ‘share the stage’ with audience members to resemble a formal Q&A like at the end of a keynote speech. It’s another tried and true method to achieve the highest levels of engagement.    
 
Integrate Your Live Event 
 
Why not give your audience more choices on how and where they join your event? The best webinar software and all-hands broadcasting technology integrates with different streaming applications to extend your reach. For example, if your organization uses Workplace by Facebook for internal workstream collaboration, give your employees the option to watch the presentation from within the company news feed. If you’re hosting an external brand awareness-type webinar, integrate your virtual event with YouTube Live and stream to a larger audience.  
 
Ready to shake up your next virtual event? Try BlueJeans Events free for 14-days and see how you can create more interactivity with a better streaming solution!