With the evolving business culture of flexible working, virtual training sessions are gaining immense popularity.
But how do you conduct an engaging online session wherein your attendees will be attentive and retain their learning?
While it can feel like a formidable task, but after a few trials and errors, you will master the art! Furthermore, a successful virtual training session helps organizations to save valuable resources and time.
Tips and tricks of a virtual training session
- Research is the key
The first step for organizing a virtual event is to do your research work on the subject matter. Once you develop a more in-depth insight, you can create a compelling and informative virtual session. As an organizer, you must have a framework of the duration, including the theoretical and practical components.
- Develop interest in pre-webinar activities
Press releases, blogs, social media posts, and even email marketing can become an imperative tool for creating awareness about the session amongst your target audience. You can also offer a preview of the training with recorded video content or design personalized website registration forms.
- Opt for a stable virtual technology platform
For a successful virtual training session, you must have a robust communication platform with an easy-to-use user interface. The platform must feature screen sharing, audio streaming, facilitate shareable content, and allow participants to send messages directly.
- Implement virtual icebreakers
Engaging the audience is the key to a successful virtual training session, and virtual icebreakers can help build strong connections. Start a conversation by conducting a trivia game on the subject of encouraging participants to talk about their passion.
- Seek engaging facilitator
Engaging the remote audience is tedious, but a skilled facilitator with profound domain expertise can keep your audience engaged, build connections, and encourage active participation.
- Build impactful presentation with virtual slides
A creative PowerPoint presentation with enticing content marketing strategy will be an eye-catching factor for the participants. Usage of high-quality images and highlighting key pointers will spread the brand message to the target audience.
- Encourage active participation
The communication tone you follow to converse with your learners, speaks a lot about the company culture. During the session, you can turn on the webcam for virtual interaction, encourage the audience to speak or engage them with quizzes, games, or debate sessions.
- Pique audience interest with engaging previews
Entice your audience with a preview about the session in a condensed format that will arouse interest in them to know more from the virtual session. A snapshot or press release can work best in some cases.
- Please keep it simple with maximum interaction
A virtual training session can become a success with enhanced audience engagement. To do that, you must make the session informative and creative by incorporating quizzes, polls, or debates. Also, schedule break sessions in between the agenda to retain the audience’s interest. If you have guest speakers, allow them to have a round table discussion with the participants.
- Focus on the highlighting aspects of the agenda
The primary aspect of the session is to raise provocative issues that will drive challenging discussions. Emphasize on the vital information that you want to deliver to the participants. You can send out the meeting highlights with a personalized thank you message to encourage the audience to attend future sessions.
Workplace culture is an integral part of an organization, but it empowers the mission and vision. This is because employees drive the bigger workforce, and keeping them happy through virtual interactive sessions will develop a productive team.