Question of the week: From Donna Marie Johnson (www.authordonnamarie.com): I host training events & workshops, how do I make them more entertaining and fun?
Our Nov8ive Answer: For training workshops, if they're live, do you incorporate games that tie into the subject that you're speaking about or you can make the actual games tie into your subject. I actually attended a conference where the speaker actually incorporated tangible items such as fake money to talk about where we spend our monthly bills. She also had us play a round of Monopoly, but they added little curve balls to the game to make it more interesting. It brought everyone back to their childhood and brought the subject of money back into the forefront. If there is a way to incorporate interactive reactions, that makes it fun.
If the event is online, or a hybrid where you're hosting a live feed of your event, that makes it a little more difficult. You can try to do breakout group sessions online where the attendees are broken out into different groups. Also, you can incorporate survey polls and other tools to ask your attendees their opinions. As another thought, have you done a Google Hangout? That may also be another method to have that "human" touch to your online event if you're hosting those too. When utilizing technology to host virtual events, people get easily distracted, so it's very important to keep them engaged and their focus on you, so incorporating a variety of "tricks" keeps the meeting moving along. A final tip would be to try and keep your virtual event to an hour- no more than 90 minutes. Anything over that, people will begin to drift into la-la land or just disconnect all together.
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