Better Online Events, Part 1: Everything You Need to Run Awesome Online Classes, Meetings & Workshops
As of the writing, the world is running the largest ever remote working experiment. Not only are many people suddenly tasked with conducting work, calls and meetings online, countless businesses are also scrambling to move workshops & classes on to the web.
If you've had to make such a transition from the offline to the online world and are struggling to make it work - or if that's a move you still have to make - this Better Online Events mini course is for you!
Here at Thrive Themes, we've been working with distributed teams for many years. Although our products aren't related to online work, virtual meetings, online webinars & workshops and working with video and audio content in general have been our bread and butter for a long time.
We've created a mini course that teaches everything we know about how to conduct more effective events and we're publishing it for free, for anyone who can benefit from it.
Lesson 1: All the Most Important Stuff
Lesson 1 of the course could be called "basics", but really, the basics are all the most important things in this case.
In this lesson, we'll look at what the 1:1 Mistake is (and how to avoid it) and you'll learn the dos and don'ts of using the 7 key tools in any online event:
- Online meeting platform
- Internet connection
- Audio hardware
- Camera hardware
- Presentation tools
- Collaboration tools
Once you know how to deliberately use each of these tools, your online events will be worlds better!
Links & Resources
Here's a quick roundup of links and important resources mentioned in the video:
There are dozens of online meeting and webinar platforms to choose from. Primarily, you need to look for the purpose and use case that a platform was made for and make sure it matches what you need.
There are mainly 2 categories of meeting tools we're interested in. First, there are tools that are suitable for online meetings and classes. These include:
Second, there are platforms that primarily have a sales & marketing focus. These include:
And there are also a few platforms that attempt to be versatile and equally useful for each purpose:
Improve your audio hardware by using:
- Low budget: a simple USB desktop mic.
- Mid budget: a headset like this bluetooth headset or this wired one.
- Higher budget: a higher quality desk mic like the Blue Yeti or the Rode NT-USB. Attach it to a microphone arm for an even better experience.
There are countless tools to choose from that enable seamless, realtime collaboration to accompany your meetings. Here are a few worth considering:
- Google Docs is excellent for shared note-taking.
- A Web Whiteboard is a free, shared whiteboarding tool
- Miro is a collaboration tool that translates planning, brainstorming and design methods from offine to online.
- Invision Freehand is a collaborative whiteboard made for design teams.
In the following lessons of this mini course, we'll deconstruct how to run better online classes, online meetings, physical classes (such as yoga or fitness classes) and sales webinars. Stay tuned!
In the meantime, if you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below!