As the world emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, one thing is becoming clear: many people are feeling burnt out by webinars and online events. For the past few years, virtual events have been the go-to solution for everything from music, technical training, child education and professional workshops. While they have certainly provided a way for people to stay connected and continue learning during a time of social distancing, they have also led to a feeling of event fatigue among many attendees.

One of the main reasons for this fatigue is the sheer number of virtual events that have taken place over the past few years. With many in-person events being canceled or postponed, organizations have turned to virtual alternatives as a way to continue connecting with their audiences. This has led to a flood of virtual events, with many people being invited to attend multiple events each week. The result is a feeling of being overwhelmed with little time for rest and relaxation.

Virtual events also lack the personal interaction and connection that is often present at in-person events. Consider this factor when you ask yourself, why is my attendance low? While virtual events can be a great way to connect with people from around the world, they can also feel impersonal and lacking in the sense of community and networking (connection) that is often found at in-person events. This can make it difficult for attendees to feel engaged and motivated, leading to a sense of boredom.

So, what can you do to help combat virtual event fatigue and keep attendance up and keep attendees engaged and motivated during virtual events?

Limit the number of virtual events: While it may be tempting to schedule multiple virtual events due to the costs savings and ease of running them, it’s important to be mindful of the impact this can have on attendees. Consider limiting the number of virtual events you promote, or offering a mix of virtual and in-person events to give people a break from the screen.

Encourage your presenter to limit presentation time as well as tighten up their content for online viewers. It’s important to have good flow, deliver on the promise made on what attendees will get from the event as well as keep off topic discussion to a minimum.

Foster a sense of community: Virtual events can often feel impersonal, so it’s important to find ways to foster a sense of community and connection among attendees. This could be through question / answer sessions, breakout sessions, or networking opportunities.

Make sure the technology is working properly: Technical issues can be frustrating for attendees and can make it difficult for them to fully engage with the event. Make sure to test all technology beforehand and have a plan in place for addressing any issues that may arise.

It’s obvious that virtual events won’t replace in-person events, but also obvious is that virtual events aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. You still need to maximize attendance to ensure future events can occur. When promoting your virtual event, offer valuable informative content, look for high profile speakers and cutting edge topics. Look into cross-promotion with other companies and offer prizes or giveaways. Doing these few things can help to create a unique experience for attendees, making your virtual (or in-person) event stand out from the crowd.

Overall, it’s important to be mindful of the impact that virtual events can have on attendees and to take steps to keep them engaged and motivated.


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  1. sparkgap 2023-03-06 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    Personally, I’ve had about enough of power point web classes. I much more like being able to talk to the instructor and get real world training experience and feedback.

  2. alignmentguy 2023-03-06 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    If the content is good and the presentation is speedy, online has it’s place. I prefer in-person events. No substitute for trainer-trainee interaction, not to mention the benefits of attendee interplay.

  3. Virtual Event Planning Services 2023-04-12 at 3:31 am - Reply

    Interesting article on the challenges of hosting virtual events in a post-pandemic world. It’s important for event planners to be mindful of attendees’ time and attention spans. Thank you for sharing this informative blog. Keep blogging.

  4. sean 2023-05-28 at 9:19 pm - Reply

    There needs to be a hybrid system. I will refer to TST big event as they do an amazing job on this. A live in person event to attend but also have an option for recordings and class material. Charge accordingly as exceptional training should never be free. You can attend in either fashion. Being from outside the US, it is extremely expensive to attend the training due to travel and exchange rates. I do attend 2 to 3 events in the US each year but it kills my account. I have no problem spending money on training but there is only so much one can afford. By offering a hybrid system, we can reach more technicians which will elevate this industry. Isn’t that what it’s all about?

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