This event originally took place May 13, 2020
As more meetings are taking place remotely, with attendees joining virtually, event planners must contend with a wide range of challenges and distractions in keeping their interest. Here we discuss strategies for delivering a virtual meeting program that truly engages your audience and elevates your event to must-attend status.
Alex Palmer, deputy editor, Northstar Meetings Group
Beth Surmont CAE, CMP
Director of Experience Design
As an event planner for more than 19 years, it is Beth’s job to be a project manager, experience designer, content curator, storyteller, motivator, leader, behind-the-scenes cheerleader, logistics director, contract negotiator, researcher, trend analyzer, innovator, visionary, partner, builder, thinker, problem-solver, entrepreneur, and customer service specialist, sometimes all within the space of a single day. She has been a Certified Meeting Planner since 2008, a Certified Association Executive since 2016, and served as chair of the ASAE Meeting & Exposition Council from 2016 to 2018. In 2019 Beth writes a blog full of event planning tips called Otter Talk. And she currently lives in New Jersey with her wife, stepchildren, and two dogs.
Named as a Top 100 influencer in Remote Working in 2020 by Onalytica, Judy Rees was an early adopter of remote facilitation as she trained international groups on high-level communication skills for leaders. In those days people assumed that in-the-room classes were essential but Judy ran her courses live online using basic video tools… and the students loved it! She's stayed on the leading edge of live online training, facilitation and consultancy ever since. Read about how she helped to facilitate a suddenly-remote conference recently, here.