Have We Gone Permanently Virtual?
Do you prefer virtual or in-person training?
When I designed my corporate media and presentation training programs, I built them with the idea I could travel around and take them to executive teams, sales teams, recruitment teams, etc. in various on-site group formats.
- Office lunch and learn
- Conferences and trade shows
- Corporate retreats
- One-to-one prep (Got a big, important presentation coming up? Need to speak to camera for a company video?)
Then the world was given a jolt.
Virtual training became the only option companies had for their learning and development needs.
And although things have calmed down with business, travel and general world health, my first training session after my summer break will be with a group in Colorado in early September - virtually.
Video conferences actually lend themselves quite well to on-camera presenting, but it's still a different experience than working with someone in the same room.
I get it, though.
Nobody has to pay my travel expenses on top of my fees, and that makes a difference during challenging times.
Plus, a lot of employees are permanently remote now, so it's harder to get them all in the same space at the same time.
In my local market - Calgary, Alberta, Canada - the office vacancy rate is at a record high of 33.7%.
Several office towers are being converted to condos as they're never expected to fill up with employees again.
What a shift we've gone through.
How does the mix of virtual and in-person activity look in your part of the world?
Written by Rob Deptford, founder of Robert Deptford Communications.