While the global pandemic was a major catalyst for shifting from in-person to virtual events, Speakers Spotlight has been providing virtual options to our clients since 2009.
Our goal has always been to help our clients find the perfect speaker for their event and audience, no matter the medium.
In March 2020, our team quickly switched gears to not only be trusted advisors in booking the right speaker, but also in booking the right virtual keynote and sourcing the best event platforms, suppliers, etc. It was exciting to help our industry grow and adapt to meet the challenges thrown at us, so that, together, we could continue educating, engaging, and inspiring people all over the world and provide connection when it was needed more than ever.
Today, virtual events have become the new normal, existing alongside in-person events to add additional benefits and means of connection throughout the year. As an industry, we’ve experienced first-hand the benefits of going virtual — lower venue and travel costs; greater accessibility and reach; and quicker, direct feedback and data collection — while also witnessing the evolution of online events.
By partnering with world-class digital event producers and working alongside our speakers to ensure the quality of their presentations, we’ve helped our clients create virtual events that are interactive, immersive, and customized experiences for their audiences. The formats of these events can be keynotes, panel discussions, fireside chats, interactive Q&As, etc. The options at our disposal are endless. In the first two years of the pandemic, we’ve arranged over 3,500 virtual speaking engagements by more than 400 speakers.
Contact us to learn more about our world-class speakers and what their level of virtual experience and expertise can bring to your virtual or hybrid event.
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Transitioning from in-person to virtual events is no small feat! Here are the frequently asked questions we’ve received from our clients about going virtual.
Virtual events are largely similar to standard keynote/conference/panel engagements, with the primary difference lying in the technical aspects.
There are several video-conferencing platforms that offer easy set-up for online learning and development. High-quality video and audio, screen sharing, chat, and moderated Q&A are all regular features of these online platforms.
To join, attendees are provided with a shared link that can be made public or password protected. This link automatically brings them to the virtual keynote presentation through their internet-connected computer, smartphone, or tablet.
As we represent some of the best professional keynote speakers in North America — experienced in virtual events and online keynotes — they can often offer clients the use of their preferred streaming platform or work with the client’s platform of choice.
Thankfully, the most important tool you need to set up a virtual presentation is the computer and internet connection you are currently using!
There are several virtual event platforms available that can support both large- and small-scale events. The type of software you need depends on a handful of factors. Start by asking yourself a few questions:
Once your event needs are defined, you can start to find your online solutions.
Most likely, you will need a video-conferencing platform — technology that allows people to host conferences, interviews, meetings, etc. face-to-face but remotely through the Internet. They each have their own features or level of customization, but typically include high-quality video and audio, screen sharing, chat, and moderated Q&A functions.
Some of the most popular and easy-to-use platforms that our clients — and our company — use to host virtual events and conferences include:
To elevate your online event, there are also virtual event platforms that re-create the aesthetic of a live event. Using customizable graphics, they can create virtual lobbies, boardrooms, offices, etc., as well as areas for sponsors and advertisements, trade show exhibitions, and networking opportunities with public and private chats. They also offer enhanced analytics such as user polls and reports to track user engagement metrics.
If this more complete virtual experience appeals to you, Speakers Spotlight has partnered with expert organizations that can provide this kind of service. These professional digital meeting planners will ensure your digital events look and feel outstanding. Contact us for more information.
We’ve been offering virtual options since 2009, so our roster of experts already includes some of the top virtual speakers from around the world.
Today’s technology makes it even easier for speakers to give dynamic online presentations. Since the pandemic began, we have been working with our speakers to best transition their in-person keynotes online. If there is a speaker or specific topic you are looking for, we will have the online solution you need.
We’re all acquainted with the typical webinar — or web seminar as they were originally called. A virtual presentation elevates a webinar with professional, polished content to create a virtual experience similar to what you would receive from an in-person event.
Immersive, interactive, and often customized, virtual presentations are offered in a variety of formats to best attract and retain the attention of remote audiences, including virtual keynotes, fireside chats, panel discussions, Q&As, and more.
There are several virtual event platforms to provide you with the digital solutions you need to re-create your in-person event online, including complex events such as conferences with concurrent sessions, trade shows, social events, etc.
These online platforms re-create the aesthetic of a live event by integrating customizable graphics into the interface of your video conferencing platform of choice. This includes creating virtual lobbies, main stages, boardrooms, offices, etc., as well as areas for sponsors and advertisements, trade show exhibitions, and networking opportunities. As networking is a key function of an in-person event, these platforms have made great strides in ensuring this is a key component of their platform.
They also offer enhanced analytics such as user polls and reports to track user engagement metrics — information often hard to collect at in-person events!
Speakers Spotlight works with professional digital event producers with a platform that integrates with all popular webinar and streaming options. It enhances virtual events with visually appealing and customized graphics to fit your event theme, brand, and needs. Contact us for more information.
In the fifteen years we have been helping our clients to develop meaningful business content, Speakers’ Spotlight has been our ‘go to’ partner for recommending speakers that are relevant, engaging and always hit the mark. Their roster of speakers, along with their keen understanding of client needs makes the process seamless.
You have introduced us to some incredibly highly valued speakers, writers and trainers that have shaped, and become part of, our Leadership Development curriculum. Partnering with you is like having an additional research department and for that we owe a large debt of gratitude.
Creating an immersive and engaging virtual experience is no small feat. The true appeal of an event lies not just with its content, but also with its atmosphere and aesthetic — not to mention the ability to connect and network with peers. To help bring your virtual events to a high professional standard, we have partnered with world-class virtual events producers who offer small and large-scale solutions for virtual events and conferences. Contact us to learn more.