Engagement is More Than a Coffee Break or Open Bar

Recorded on: January 18, 2022 - 1:00 PM

Why do people go to events? To learn, yes. But also very much to meet and connect with colleagues and peers. In many cases, this connectivity is actually what’s worth the price of admission; it’s what attracts attendees and sponsors and gets them to return to your next event. But, despite the high-value attendees and exhibitors place on meeting other people, events largely leave this to chance. We set out coffee and hope it connects people. We offer an open bar and assume it will be a magical lubricant to generate great partnerships. Alas, people often walk away from events feeling like those magical moments didn’t happen. To address this, the session will really focus on easy, practical ways to build in real networking and human engagement to your events (online or in-person) and therefore add significant value that keeps people coming back over and over.

EVA welcomes Lee Gimpel from Better Meetings to discuss the best practices for an enhanced engagement at virtual meetings and conferences.

What you’ll learn:

  • Understand the connection between networking quality, satisfaction, and event ROI
  • Learn 3 connection techniques to apply to your own events.
  • Identify a practical opportunity within your own events to improve connection.

Who should attend:

  • Meeting and Conference Planners
  • Education Directors, Managers, and Coordinators

How to prepare:

    • You’ll be part of an interactive event, not a passive presentation.
    • Join on a desktop or laptop, not devices with small screens, i.e., phones or tablets.
    • Plan to use a computer with a working microphone, camera, and speakers.
    • Have some paper and a pen handy.



Linkden Vinnu

Lee Gimpel is the founder of Better Meetings in Washington, DC. The firm helps organizations refresh and reinvigorate their online and in-person meetings via modern meeting design and strategy, facilitation, and training. Clients include corporate, government, non-profit, and associations, such as the National Association of Realtors, Department of Energy, and American Federation of Teachers. Lee is an expert on the dynamics of meetings and conferences, focusing on productivity, engagement, and networking. His work blends group facilitation, audience engagement, and human-centered design.

Vinnu Deshetty

Linkden Vinnu

As a technology advocate, Vinnu helps clients embrace tools that improve their attendee experiences while making the meeting planner’s job easier. With over 20 years of experience in conference and event planning, Vinnu’s portfolio ranges from working with government agencies, including the Internal Revenue Service and Department of Defense, to social justice organizations like the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance. With her meeting planner hat, Vinnu works with a team of developers at EVAreg.com to customize event registration and virtual conference portals. Raised as a coal miner’s daughter in western Kentucky, Vinnu stays true to her southern roots by valuing community in both her personal and professional lives. She obtained a Bachelor of Science from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Public Administration.

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