10 Impactful & Fun Virtual Workshop Ideas

Did you know first know use of the word “Workshop” was 1556 ?

Any guess when did “Virtual Workshop” become popular? What was explored by only early adopters before 2020, now has become a norm.

But a big challenge most hosts face in virtual workshop is…

How to keep your audience engaged !!

Fortunately, with next-gen virtual event platforms most of these issues can be resolved easily. So select the right platform that will help you network, engage, communicate and of-course fun!

Scroll through the below list of virtual workshop ideas that actual work based on real life experiences

Proven Virtual Workshop Ideas pre-event

Send email & mobile reminders

Sounds so simple that you often forget. Stats show an increase of 83% attendance when email reminders & notifications are sent. Be clear in the reminder the agenda, activities planned – especially Start Time & Duration.

Ensure your tech platform provider automates email reminders & push notifications (besides ticketing & access)

Be clear of ground rules & special instructions

No noisy background. Reliable internet. Good microphone & speakers. Mute unless asked to unmute.

Call out special instructions like a music instrument OR arts & crafts needed OR a dress code. You do NOT want to waste time while someone is trying to find their dancing shoes.

Choose the right virtual event platform

While Zoom meet needs of a basic workshop for 5-7 people, it begins to fail as either the group size increase or you need better tools.

Some must-have tools are integrated registration & ticketing ; automated reminders ; easy to use audience moderation ; 2-way interactivity ; Polls & Trivia and the most important one – Surveys!

Pre – event trivia

Why wait for the day of the event to know your audience? Build a connection with a fun quiz.

Make sure the quiz connects with your workshop’s theme or overall goal. This would also help you understand what level your audience skills are at.

And no better way to kick off a workshop by awarding a prize to the winner

Turn-off notifications – including yours

You will be surprised how often we have seen hosts forget to follow their own rules. So good idea to give your family & friends a heads up to not disturb you.

But also ensure in case of an emergency they can still reach out.

Find what will motivate your audience

This is where a pre-event poll or quiz will help. A ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach might not always work out

It could be a short-clip, a song, your story or your physical background. Plan it. Include it.

Plan for breaks and fun activities

No matter how good your content is, don’t forget it is easy to zone out or get distracted when online.

Break your workshop ideally into 3 parts and squeeze in a 2-5 minute break for an ice breaker or a fun contest

This helps keep the brain alive.

Fun Virtual Workshop Ideas during event

Fun Background & Attire

No better for your audience to loosen up when they get to see you for the first time

You never get a second chance to make the first impression. So go for it. Maybe its a good lead into your icebreaker

Icebreaker. Icebreaker. Icebreaker

Whether it be a Poll OR that Motivation clip OR the Pre-event prize winner OR share poll results – ensure you kick off with it

This is the MOST critical aspect especially in a virtual workshop. Too often we have seen hosts and trainers jump into their content.

A Virtual Icebreaker is the equivalent of your participants exploring the physical environment and shaking hands with other attendees in a physical event.

Live White board

While your presentation is critical, it can get very static especially if you need to explain or deep-dive into a particular slide

There are tons of tons you can virtually write over it – draw over it – scribble over it. It helps keep the audience engaged on something new on the screen.

Live Emoji Reactions

The biggest drawback of virtual is the inability to get the audience pulse.

If you open everyone’s mic it gets too noisy so at nunify we built emoji reactions – a real-time feedback with emojis. A simple way for audience to like, applaud or laugh . Trust us it livens up your workshop

The hidden benefit is you get unintrusive analytics for the next session on what part connected best .

Audience polls & Q&A

We got to do the usuals – eh ?

But take it a step further and do image polls or upvote questions to address the most popular questions live while you answer the rest later. This is where the right platform choice matters

Virtual gifts

Everyone loves gifts including your attendees ! Get creative with when you give it to ensure everyone is engaged all thru the workshop

We have lots of gift ideas for you – from free to virtual to swag

What is a Virtual Workshop?

As a refresher the difference between a workshop and an event is primarily the size and interactivity. Workshops tend to be smaller 10-50 group of people engaged in an intensive discussion and/or activity.

Unlike in-person workshops, online workshops allows With next-gen virtual event platforms in the market and ever-evolving technology, virtual online workshops are proving to be a blessing. It allows both individuals & companies to easily host events without having to invest in expensive venues and logistics costs.

When a workshop is done only online where host and attendees are remote it is called a virtual workshop. They are of shorter duration – 30 min to 90 min.

Hosting a workshop online is a great way to leverage your business and engage with existing and prospective customers. You can pick any creative direction that you like, and make interesting content that attendees can consume and engage with.

We are going to share ideas that have been tried and given huge success for hosts like you. So here’s the list

Virtual Workshop Examples

Here are a few examples of virtual workshops that have been hosted in nunify

Virtual Music Workshop

A Statista Global Consumer Surveysaw 53% respondents pick music as their hobby of choice in 2021. An increase of 83% attendance when virtual events send email reminders and push notifications 1 day and 1 hour prior to the event (nunify, 2022)

So what better workshop to organise than include music. The advantage you get with music is that you have such a wide variety. It could range from creating playlists to learning a new instrument.

  1. Online Yoga Sessions: With the coronavirus pandemic making people even more health-conscious, virtual yoga sessions can easily be monetized. You can host a live session, taking your attendees through the different poses, or choose to stream an HD+ quality pre-recorded session using the Simulive feature, which can then be followed by a live Q&A session using the live-polling feature on the platform. Nunify offers you the option to stream high-quality videos during live streaming sessions and stream to multiple platforms, including Facebook, YouTube, and even Zoom!
  1. Speed-Networking Sessions: With universities and schools still not opening for in-person classes, speed-networking sessions are a great way to familiarize prospective students with the college professors & representatives, and offer an informative and immersive experience for the attendees. Moreover, interactive tools like private and public chat, meeting rooms, activity walls etc. provide a great avenue for the attendees to network among themselves.
  1. Curated Tours: Digital exhibitions allow individuals to browse collections at museums & art galleries virtually. You can host online events that support gamification of activities like a virtual tour by adding an element of engagement to it, in the form of a quiz. This will boost engagement among attendees. The tour can be concluded with a talk session featuring a knowledgeable host, who can give deeper insights into the various artworks & sculptures viewed by attendees during their virtual tour.
  1. Life-Coaching Workshops: With tools like multi-broadcast facility, zero-delay live stream broadcast, and custom-branding for your event landing page, Nunify offers you multiple features to customize and organize a helpful webinar & workshop.

As a life coach, you can engage with all your attendees in multiple batches through breakout rooms, and enable group-participation for activities through attendee chat rooms. Enterprise-grade security ensures that your session will be safe from any miscreants or hackers, while our 24×7 chat support ensures that you have a seamless experience designing & organizing your workshop.

  1. Cooking Masterclass: If you own a restaurant, bakery or patisserie, or a home-run kitchen, one of the most effective practices to boost your business for prospective customers is to engage with them digitally. Cooking masterclasses are a virtual event idea that can immensely boost your interactions with your brand’s customers. You can host a live cooking class by teaching attendees how to cook a dish in real-time, or give instructions while playing HD+ videos that you pre-recorded. Reach out to a global audience through Nunify’s integrated world-wide ticketing system, and cook up a storm with your food-preparation skills!
  1. Improv & Comedy Workshops: Stand-up comedy and improv are gaining recognition and popularity among millennials and Gen-Z individuals. You can organize a successful Improv or Comedy workshop for budding learners by roping in a well-known performer to teach them the nuances of improv or comedy. Attendees can engage with the speaker through moderated Q&As, live polls, emoji reactions, and even be featured on-screen by using the ‘raise hand’ feature.
  1. Virtual Crafts Workshop: You can monetize your talent and art-related services through virtual events, by hosting a workshop for attendees interested in arts and craft. With spring break approaching, you can also organize sessions for school children. Attendees can join your session from their laptops and computers, and also from their phones and tablets. Nunify’s app allows attendees access to your workshop from any location they’re present in.
  1. Virtual Dance Workshop: You can host a dance workshop for individuals, small groups, or even large groups for your workshops. Avail the advantage of free, automatically downloaded session recordings to share with your workshop’s attendees.
  1. Coding Workshop & Hackathon: Coding is a skill that is useful to have for professionals across many business verticals. Organize a coding workshop to teach budding coders, and introduce them to the basics of the craft. After the learning portion of the session is complete, you can create a group of people with similar interests and complementary skills and give them a space to try out new ideas by organizing a hackathon.

You can also engage sponsors for the event to give prizes, and promote these event sponsors on your event registration page by creating dedicated sponsor spaces, where attendees can interact with them.

Nunify offers tools for easy registrations, sign-ins, tools for engagement and also offers engagement features that ensure great user-experience during virtual events.

Apart from these suggested ideas for ticketed workshops, you can expand your horizons and envision almost any type of virtual workshop. Next-generation webinar and virtual event platforms like Nunify are there to provide you with a platform and tool to make your workshop a smashing success. All you need is a fresh and engaging idea and we at Nunify will certainly help you achieve the success you desire!

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