We want to encourage people to submit their speaker submission for Security Congress, which is currently being planned as a hybrid event this year. If you spoke at Congress - or another virtual event - before, do you have any advice to share about presenting virtually? I'd like to use this input for a blog post. You can comment here, or PM me if you'd prefer.
Appreciate the help!
If you or your staff have not yet performed using virtual speakers or the more complicated virtual roundtable, I suggest you attend some virtual conferences to see what works and what doesn't. If you are going to do a virtual roundtable or panel, I suggest watching someone who can do it and make it seem rather seamless.
It takes a little skill to be able to moderate a panel and watching someone who can do it successfully, can help. I have been on 2 virtual panels and the moderator was very good about keeping the panel flow moving, transitioning from one panel member or topic to another, not letting one panel member dominate the discussion, etc.
The one I have the most experience with is Data Connectors. Not trying to sell you anything but have your person in charge of these virtual panels maybe attend and watch how they do their panels or another like them. You can also watch the scheduled individual videos and see what you like and do not like.
The presenters should be able to capture audience attention and not drone on and on about a technical topic. I have noticed some people just prepare 15, 30, or 45 minutes of material and then just end it when their time is up. There is not a flow to it.
One of the problems with virtual is it is harder to read the room. I once went to an in-person conference and it was apparent that the speaker was in over their head and was presenting inaccurate statements. What started out as a room full of people (100+) had dwindled down to about 20 and most of us that remained just felt bad for the person and didn't want to leave out of guilt of hurting their feelings. In a virtual conference people can just mute the speaker and let it play so it might offer a false sense of how the presentation was received.
Just a couple of things from my point of view.