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0.20 How to Engage Virtual Audiences with Darren Delaney

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Have you been wondering how to make the big pivot to virtual events? Are you a complete newbie when it comes to event technology and the virtual event world? As we speak with guest speakers and discuss our own experiences with the virtual and hybrid event industry, we will be going through the challenges you may face along the way and how to overcome these.
With the current situation, the rise and requirement for virtual and hybrid events are definitely on the rise - have you made the move yet? Listen to our live podcast every week on our Facebook page, or you can listen to the podcast version to find out how you can make your online events simple.
In this episode, I’m going to be joined with a very magical guest - Darren Delaney! Darren is a magician based in London. In "normal times" he entertains at events, conferences and awards dinners around the UK and Europe. In March 2020 he transitioned to virtual and has been performing virtual magic shows for clients including Google, Cisco, JP Morgan, Pinterest, Credit Suisse and Deloitte.
Darren will be discussing how he’s found the transition from performing live to performing virtually, and what hurdles he’s crossed along the way. He discussed how he’s found engagement with his audience virtually and even performed a magic trick which you can view on the EventMind Facebook page!
The type of performances Darren does virtually (0:20) How the pandemic has affected his role as an event entertainer (1:45) How he found the transition to virtually perform (2:22) How he’s used technology to virtually perform his shows (4:48) How he made the pivot to virtual (6:16) Advice Darren has for event organisers wanting to go virtual (8:14) How you can engage your audience virtually (9:28) Information Darren wishes was out there when he pivoted to virtual (13:17) A virtual magic trick you can watch on the EventMind Facebook stream (15:41) A nightmare that Darren faced when taking part at a virtual event and the importance of buying spares of equipment (20:00)
EVENTMIND is a market leader in the virtual meetings and events sector. EVENTMIND provides training, consultancy and delivery for businesses looking to engage virtually with their audience and community.
​EventMind does not endorse any particular virtual event platform or software. We review the platforms available on the market monthly (through a combination of client feedback, test events and demos). There’s no platform which is an ‘all in one’ or ‘all inclusive’ solution when it comes to virtual event platforms. Bear in mind, most virtual event platforms were originally live event apps or software. Covid19 accelerated many platforms to pivot into creating virtual event solutions. In the long run, this seems to be a smart move as hybrid events are likely to become standard (especially if you understand how to monetize hybrid events and maximise global audience reach).