5 benefits of attending a virtual conference

Written by Topco Staff Writer

30/09/2020

Attending a virtual event dramatically enhances both your professional and personal development.

As well as providing you with tools and skills which you cannot be taught in-house or online. The focused nature of learning at a conference allows you to ask probing questions about your particular area of concern from experts in real time.

1. Network with peers and thought leaders

Grow your global network with likeminded people and industry peers. Bringing together people from different geographical areas who share a common purpose for transformation, this is a great way to meet new people in your field, together with people from a wide range of backgrounds, whom you may not encounter at your home, workplace or institution. Build your professional network, get noticed via your contributions in audience participation comments and meet people whom you haven’t connected with in a while.  Make sure to take advantage of conference hashtags, live chats, slack channels or any other way to connect with attendees, ask your questions to the speakers.

2. Find solutions to your problems

You will engage with thought leaders and exciting new developments in your field. These could be new techniques, new types of equipment, unpublished data, or learning from industry leaders whom you may not have been to reach up until now. You will get the opportunity to talk to these people one-on-one about what they are working on, and they may even give you advice on “how” to enhance your own work. You have the opportunity to ask presenters questions about their work and the rationale behind it – which you can’t do when reading journal articles. Find solutions with groups of people in breakouts, collaborate with other participants.  Don’t participate passively in the virtual conference — be active.

3. Expand your field of interest

Learn things outside your field, about other areas of researchin your discipline during the many sessions for professional development and career advice.  Attendees are united by common goals of information sharing and coming together to ensure sustainable transformation.

4. Powerful connectivity

The connections you make will stand a better chance of being sustainable when you get the chance to meet one-on-one in the live Q&A sessions.  Virtual events are meant to foster cross-geo, cross-functional learning and break down knowledge silos. Q&As, chats with other attendees and reaching out to participating partners to ask about their solutions are great ways to build lasting relationships.

5. You won’t miss out even if you can’t attend a particular discussion

All slides and learning material are provided. The event is recorded and you will receive full access to the event presentations No need for taking notes, so you can watch and re-watch as many presentations as you like.  You can choose topics and sessions that relate to what you want to learn right now – a very inexpensive way to learn from the best of the best in the industry!

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