Name one tip for creating a successful virtual event or seminar.

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only nonprofit organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. The YEC recently published #FixYoungAmerica: How to Rebuild Our Economy and Put Young Americans Back to Work (for Good), a book of 30+ proven solutions to help end youth unemployment.

1. Start the Seminar Strong

Why does every webinar seem to start with “Um, hi everyone…can you hear me? I guess we’ll get started…”? You’ll immediately win over your audience if you launch right in with a great story, a hot tip or a really energetic introduction of your topic. Grab the participants right away and they’ll stick with you.
Lindsey Pollak, Lindsey Pollak

2. Practice With the Technology

Getting to know the technology platform you’ll be using to host and deliver the event is crucial to its success. Even with team members on hand to help facilitate, being able to competently use the platform to run the event will give you the confidence and reassurance that you’re as prepared as you can be, not only with the content of the seminar itself, but with the technology side too.
Lea Woodward, Startup Training School

3. Keep Up With Customer Service

Make sure everyone involved knows where they can get support. Whether that’s a client, sponsor, team member, hotel staff, or speaker, ensure that everyone knows where their questions can be answered. You’ll not only field people in the right direction but give a sense of peace that if a question does come up, your team is ready and able to handle it.
Kelly Azevedo, She’s Got Systems

4. Understand Your Target Viewer

Alexandra LevitTake the time to hammer out who your ideal participant is. This will allow you to focus your marketing efforts and ensure that the attendees you assemble are able to work well together and get the greatest benefits out of the event.
Alexandra Levit, Inspiration at Work

5. Think About the End Goal

Always keep the goal or reason why you’re running this virtual event or seminar at the top of your mind. This will help you reverse engineer the content, speakers, branding, and presentations that will reap the biggest rewards for you and your attendees.
Nathalie Lussier, The Website Checkup Tool

6. Enable Audience Participation

One problem with virtual events is that people tune out and get bored since they don’t feel involved. Enable audience participation by hosting live chats where viewers can chat in their questions to the speaker. We run these with Her Campus alums so they can give advice to current HCers and everyone feels engaged and involved since they can ask their own questions.
Stephanie Kaplan, Her Campus Media

7. Engage With Games

There are two challenges when hosting a virtual event — getting people to show up and getting them to participate once they are there. ‘Edutaining’ your participants with a fun, on-brand challenge and rewarding them with prizes is a great way to pull off a successful virtual event that your attendees won’t stop buzzing about.
Melissa Cassera, Cassera Communications

8. Jump Into Joint Ventures

Find people who are already marketing to your target market and incentivize them to market your event. They already have a relationship with your target market and those are more likely to attend your event with a recommendation than if you contact them cold. Use leverage and find a way to get others to support you. You can pay them on sales and costs you nothing out of pocket.
Louis Lautman, Supreme Outsourcing

9. Be Incredibly Thorough

Andrew SchrageIn order for your event to be successful, you need to walk your attendees through the process from A to Z. If possible, provide a demonstration video about how to access the event. Consider using a service like Jing, as it will walk you through what you need to include in your video to make your virtual event user-friendly and easy to access.
Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers Personal Finance

10. Write Out a Script

Even if you don’t expect to stick to it, write a script out for the event. Practice with that script so that you sound polished and professional. How you sound is a big factor in how successful an event you can put on — how many people are still listening at the end of your talk.
Thursday Bram, Hyper Modern Consulting