Engaging Virtual Presenter
With online celebrations, seminars and conferences being the norm for the moment, now more than ever presenters and hosts are required for virtual events to ensure a smooth and seamless event.
At Events By Knight we represent the experienced presenter and host Kwame Knight who can host your event. Known for his ability to bring together all the elements that create a successful event, Kwame has a passion for events, as his 20 years of extensive experience shows, recently nominated for the title of ‘Event Producer of the Year,’ Kwame is the ideal host for your next Virtual Event.
About a Virtual Presenter
Whether you’re looking at an in-person or virtual event, picking the right presenter to host your event is always important. When you’re making a choice for your virtual event, think carefully about the qualities that you’re looking for.
Of course, you’ll want someone with the right personality to carry the tone and atmosphere you’re hoping to convey, but you’ll also need someone grounded, calm and able to command attention – essentially, you’re looking for an anchorman or woman.
Who’ll be able to clearly and confidently segue from presentation to presentation without the need for physical props, introductions or the comfort of a lectern to hide behind.
You’re looking for someone who is going to be able to appeal to your audience’s eroded attention spans, keeping them tuned in and attentive.
They should also be able to give clear instruction, helping attendees to get the most out of the engagement tools that you’re offering.
Without the visual cues of an audience responding in real time to their session, it can be hard for speakers to adjust their tone, pace and delivery. Even something as simple as not being able to hear laughter in response to jokes they crack can be enough to unsettle an unprepared speaker.
All this will have a knock on effect on the audience’s enjoyment. But a great virtual event presenter can direct speakers in the right direction to prevent any drop in the conversation.
Make Your Virtual Event Engaging
It will seem obvious, but if you want engagement, ask for it! When running a virtual event, it’s all too easy for attendees to feel as though their experience of the event should be entirely passive. By blocking in regular Q&A sessions, you set a different expectation.
To ensure great attendee engagement, your speakers need to be tactically primed to bring them on board. Brief your speaker regarding the format in which their session will be presented and displayed for example, how will their slides or demonstrations be integrated into the attendee view.
Explain the differences or difficulties they may experience, especially if this will be their first virtual engagement.
Occasionally, switch up the pace. This will help to keep your audience sharp, switched on and entertained. You might want to schedule a “mystery speaker” (encourage people to keep guessing), some live music, or even a virtual happy hour preceded by a cocktail making tutorial. Creativity is what creates an engaging virtual event.
How can we help?
We would be happy to assist you to develop your Virtual events programme and please do not hesitate to give us a call +44(0)20 130︎ 4040︎︎ or send us an email [email protected] to learn exactly how Events by Knight can open the door to a brand-new world of Zoom event management for you.