As the Live Events industry quickly pivots to virtual, meeting professionals are facing many new challenges, from choosing the right platform to keeping audiences engaged online.

To help event professionals sharpen their skills during this time, PSAV and our family of companies are launching a series of free educational webinars.

Introduction – How to Successfully Transition Your Event From Live to Virtual


  • Derek Blake, Divisional Vice President, PSAV Global Learning

FROM LIVE TO VIRTUAL: Designing an Optimal Experience


  • Anthony Vade, Experience Architect, FMAV
  • David Solsbery, Vice President Creative and Marketing, Hargrove
  • Brian Johnston, National Director, Creative Innovation, Encore Canada
  • Amber Cunningham, Producer and Stage Manager, Encore Canada

You’ve planned an engaging live event – but now you need to take it virtual. In this two-part session, you’ll learn how to effectively rework that carefully crafted experience for a virtual format. Part 1: Presenters will teach you how to adapt your design mindset into the virtual landscape, including the psychology of designing an event.  Part 2: Focuses on logistics with tips on running a polished virtual event, including best practices to help you handle moderators, speakers, and help with supporting the remote viewer.

Designing & Delivering Engaging Virtual Content


  • Chad Otto, Director Content Management & Learning Technology, PSAV Global Learning
  • Derek Blake, Divisional Vice President, PSAV Global Learning

We’ve all come across a situation where a face-to-face event has to move to online. But not all types of content work with all types of formats. In this session, learning & development experts will cover the important factors to consider when designing, developing, and delivering effective content for a virtual audience.

A Solid Foundation: Technology Basics for Virtual Events


  • Brent Rogers, Vice President, Digital, PSAV
  • Kevin McFarlane, Head of Development, Concise

When moving from a face-to-face to a virtual event, understanding the basic technology and terminology is critical. In this session, we’ll define the various virtual event options available, when they’re applicable, and look at the strengths and weaknesses of each.

Live from the Living Room: Connecting and Presenting Virtually

  • Alex Wedesky, Senior Field Operations Manager, PSAV
  • Matt Harvey, Vice President, Internet Services, PSAV
Presenting from home? Make sure you’re doing it like a pro. During this session, you’ll learn tips and tricks to optimize your Wi-Fi, develop an at-home studio, and never worry about a “spotty connection” again.

Break the Language Barrier: Serving Multilingual Audiences

  • John Kendrick, Vice President and Managing Director, Conference Systems
  • Istvan Gyenis and David Longacre, Sales Managers, Conference Systems
Whether your event is local or streamed to a global audience, professional simultaneous interpretation adds value to your event by allowing international, multilingual audiences to understand your organization’s global message. This session will review the many options available to meeting planners for remote interpretation.

Unlocking Opportunities: Create Value with Virtual Event Sponsorships


  • Roy Benear, Vice President Exhibits + Specialty Events, PSAV
  • Mike Potter, Group Creative Director, PSAV

Sponsorship revenues are a critical component in today’s event landscape. Instead of generating sponsorship revenue from physical space, there are eye-catching spaces and multiple locations within the online environment for placement of highly engaging sponsorships. Inventory can be segmented into several different placement options and sold individually or in packages.

Virtual Events, “In Real Life”


  • Peter Harding, Head of Creative Technical, Hawthorn
  • Anthony Vade, Experience Architect, FMAV
  • Kevin Larstone, Channel Lead, Live, Livewire Communications

Real-world stories from virtual event champions.

Encore has been approved by the Events Industry Council (EIC) as a Preferred Provider of the listed continuing education courses, which qualify for CMP continuing education credit.

CMP-IS – sessions fall into the following areas: Meeting or Event Design, Site Management and Strategic Planning

CE Hours: each session is 0.75 CE for a total of 5.25 CE

Delivery Method: Live Webinar