Think Outside the Zoom Box

Photo by Melissa Wood-Tepperberg

If you are moving to an all-day event, through the way of a virtual conference, make sure you're planning in breaks. It may be easy to do back to back sessions, but don't forget about Zoom fatigue. Your guests need to get up and move around.

There are plenty of creators out there now offering fitness classes. Bring one into your event to do things such as stretching, chair yoga, or even mindful meditation.



Visual Cues

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In between sessions, set up graphics that let attendees know what's happening and what to expect next.

Slides such as this are fun, themed to the brand, but yet give a sense of nostalgia that your attendees can enjoy.


Personal Radio Stations

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Create a Pandora or Spotify channel.

The Women in Travel Virtual Summit played music from their pandora station during breaks.

This, partnered with slides, felt very similar to what you might see before a conference begins.


Mixology

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What's a conference without a party at the end of the day. Serve up a little mixology with a Mexican Michelada, using ingredients most everyone will have at home. (Give them a heads up ahead of time, just in case.)

Ingredients
Tajín or other chili-salt blend (optional; see note)
Kosher or sea salt
2 ounces (60ml) fresh juice from 2 limes (see note), half a juiced lime reserved for the rim
2 teaspoons (10ml) hot sauce, preferably a Mexican-style brand like Tapatío (our favorite); see note
1 teaspoon (5ml) Worcestershire sauce
1 (12-ounce; 355ml) can or bottle light Mexican beer, such as Modelo, Pacífico, Tecate, Victoria, or Corona, well chilled

Directions
1.
Pour Tajín (or other chili-salt mixture) or salt into a small, shallow dish in an even layer. Rub a pint or pilsner glass's rim with the cut side of the reserved juiced lime half, then dip glass into the dish to create a salt rim.

2.
Set glass right side up and fill with lime juice, hot sauce, and Worcestershire sauce. Add a pinch or two of salt, fill glass with ice, and top with beer. Stir gently if you want to mix it up a bit. Serve with remaining beer, topping up as you drink.

Notes
You can either do a classic salt rim for this drink or rim the drink with a chili-salt mix, using a brand like Tajín. If you want a less tart version of the drink, experiment with using less lime juice—1 or 1 1/2 ounces can work, too. You can also make a less spicy version by reducing the hot sauce from 2 teaspoons to 1.