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Reflections from Hosting Five Live Digital Events

A month or so ago, when COVID-19 first hit and everything began to shut down, I was unsure if I should cancel a South Australian network event that was previously planned. Everyone had the date & time in their diaries so I decided to try and test new ways to use our EngagementHQ platform and ran it as a live digital event. It was the first time I had done something like this. I was nervous and I made a few mistakes. However, I learned quite a lot by just giving it a go. Having a clear agenda and being prepared were the standout lessons from my first event. You can read more about that first event here.

How things have changed since that first digital event in March this year. Everyone has had to adapt, pivot, and respond to the global pandemic and new working conditions. Zoom meetings are the new norm and using technology and digital platforms to engage and communicate with clients, customers, and colleagues has never been more important than now.

Change is a funny thing, it forces us out of our comfort zones and into uncharted territory. However, on the flip side, it offers a unique opportunity to innovate and rethink the way we do things.

So, leading the charge (with a touch of nervousness), the ANZ team held a series of five live digital events across Australia and New Zealand, to trial and showcase new and creative ways to use EngagementHQ and our famous digital tools.

The events were held completely online and replicated some of the more traditional approaches and engagement methods you might often use in a face-to-face environment.

While we have curated each of the five events here, I’ve included an overview of each event and some of the key success factors I discovered along the way. By doing this I hope you can see how you could easily replicate or adapt my approaches/events to meet your own organizational needs.

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