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January 30, 2024

Transformative Virtual Events: Moving Beyond Sales Pitches to Build Authentic Communities

Don't Give a Boring Webinar

We’ve all attended the classic webinar - 20 minutes of generic content and 40+ minutes of sales pitching. For most of us that is not the type of virtual event we want to facilitate. We all want to provide transformative virtual events. And in addition to providing transformation, what most of us crave is building community and creating authentic experiences.

Many of us recognize the ripple effect virtual events can create such as nurturing leads and building to loyal clients and a thriving practice. However, if you aren’t sure an online event is something you should incorporate here are some things to consider.

Short-Term Impacts of Quality Virtual Events

Reach a wider audience

You can tap into a global pool of potential clients, exponentially increasing your reach compared to in-person events. A study by Statista found that in 2023, over 50% of businesses used virtual events to reach new audiences, highlighting their effectiveness in expanding your client base.

Boosted brand awareness

Webinars and workshops serve as mini-masterclasses, showcasing your expertise and establishing you as a thought leader in your niche. According to a report by Eventbrite, 73% of attendees at virtual events reported a more positive perception of the brand after attending, paving the way for long-term trust and loyalty.

Lead generation insights

Virtual events offer a treasure trove of data on your audience's interests and pain points. From registration details to engagement metrics, this information allows you to personalize your outreach and nurture leads effectively. A study by Marketo found that B2B marketers who nurture leads generated from webinars see a 20% increase in sales revenue.

Long-Term Impressions of Distinctive Virtual Events

Building deeper connections

Virtual events, especially interactive formats like Q&A circles or challenges, foster a sense of community and connection with your audience. This goes beyond the fleeting excitement of a live event, creating a foundation of trust and loyalty that translates into long-term client relationships. A study by McKinsey & Company revealed that strong customer relationships lead to a 65% increase in customer retention rates, impacting your business not just in the immediate term, but for years to come.

Positioning yourself as the go-to coach

By consistently delivering valuable content and actionable insights through your virtual events, you establish yourself as the authority in your niche. This positions you as the obvious choice when potential clients are ready to invest in coaching, turning you into a magnet for ideal clients seeking your expertise.

Scalability without the sweat

Unlike in-person events, virtual events can be easily replicated and scaled. You can reach a broader audience without the limitations of physical space or logistical headaches, allowing you to grow your business without burning out. A report by Grand View Research predicts that the global virtual events market will reach a staggering $262.52 billion by 2030, highlighting the immense potential for scalability and growth offered by this online space.

Creating a Unique Experience with Transformative Virtual Events

Despite the immense potential virtual events have, it is important to not fall into the one-size fits all trap. Here are some suggestions that can make your virtual event unique for your audience and clients.

The Intimate Q&A Circle

Imagine a circle of kindred spirits and you, effortlessly guiding them toward breakthroughs with laser-sharp insights. Intimate Q&A sessions offer unparalleled access to your expertise. Picture it: the vulnerability, the authentic connection, the potential for jaw-dropping transformations unfolding live. Clients will be drawn to your genuine warmth and the chance to have their specific concerns addressed in real-time.

The Challenge with a Twist

Forget generic 7-day detox plans. Craft micro-challenges focused on specific aspects of your niche, like "Unlocking Your Intuition in 3 Days" or "Mastering Morning Rituals for Lasting Joy." Make them interactive, offer daily support, and watch the engagement (and client inquiries) skyrocket. Plus, these bite-sized challenges serve as powerful teasers for your deeper coaching programs, leaving participants hungry for more.

The Client Case Study Showcase

Move past dry testimonials. Host virtual workshops where you dissect real-life client success stories. Share raw, vulnerable moments, actionable strategies employed, and the transformative results achieved. This isn't just about bragging (yes, we all need to toot our horn more); it's about painting a vivid picture of the life your coaching unlocks. Show, don't just tell, and watch both your authority and client interest grow.

Conclusion

With  these unique formats, share your wisdom with intention and watch your practice expand into a space for those seeking the transformation you so beautifully provide. If you aren’t sure where to start, book a free strategy session and identify the best virtual event options for your business. Who knows, your next event might just be the catalyst for someone's most profound awakening.

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Jennifer


Jennifer Sharkey is known as the Virtual Presentation Specialist. Being passionate about seeing people shine and be heard, she leans into her 20+ years of public speaking experience and uses what she has learned from presenting, both in-person and virtually, to small groups all the way up to 5000 people. Jennifer draws from her experience as an associate professor, academic librarian, and coach to help holistic coaches master virtual presentations to grow their business. Her unique immersive program provides practical strategies and methods to build confidence, engage audiences, and generate authenticity and authority.

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