8 Tips and Tricks for Running a Successful Virtual Event

September 12, 2020 | 1110 Views

8 Tips and Tricks for Running a Successful Virtual Event

Rachel Richal, CHT

Vice President, Training | Buffalo Wild Wings

“When you can’t bring the team to the test kitchen, you bring the test kitchen to the team.”

This was the start of my LinkedIn post after running a training, which had been consistently hands-on and in-person, through Zoom. The behind-the-scene pictures of this event were my most viewed and liked post of this year. The reason? So many of us are in the same boat of turning in-person, instructor-led training into talking to a screen of talking heads.

While many would think this is an easier route to take (I mean, you can dress business on the top and party on the bottom), I quickly learned that this took more preparation and diligence than my typical routine to plan the training live and in-person. Like many of you, I had to quickly adapt years of my own training on participant management and presentation effectiveness to pull off the same level of effectiveness – all while asking attendees to stare at their screen for FOUR HOURS.

Here are a few tips I learned from the event, and others I took away from other brilliant trainers out there (some specific to Zoom):

For trainers, online learning and virtual sessions are not new, however with a focus on blended learning, we are always looking at what is the best format for what we are trying to achieve. While we have had to adapt trainings and collaborative sessions that we would always choose to do in-person versus an online format, the nature of trainers is that we are agile and make it happen!

Want more tips and tricks on how to successfully run a virtual event? Make sure to check out CHART’s Hospitality Training LIVE learning series taking place on September 16, 23, and 30 from 1:00pm-3:30pm EST. Each session is full of keynotes, breakout sessions and chances to network and learn with the best of hospitality training. Some sessions specific to virtual training are:

Hope to see you there!


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  1. Alie:
    Sep 14, 2020 at 11:12 AM

    This is great, Thank you! Looking forward to the live event!