5 Reasons You Should Attend Live Sessions During the 2020 Virtual Mid-Year Meeting

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Jul 22, 2020 at 11:06 am

As the VetPartners 2020 Mid-Year Meeting draws closer, you may still have not registered, thinking virtual conferences lack all the bells and whistles of an in-person conference. With this Mid-Year Meeting, that won’t be the case. In fact, we are gearing up to make this conference better than ever, with increased networking opportunities to chat, message, and join video meetings in real-time. Although you can always watch your favorite sessions again after the conference, you’ll enjoy additional perks if you participate in live virtual sessions, rather than the recorded options. Take a look at some of the advantages of showing up live for the 2020 VetPartners Virtual Mid-Year Meeting. 

#1: Tossing ideas around with colleagues and industry experts in real-time

If a brilliant idea suddenly strikes, what better time to share that thought with colleagues and industry experts than during a live virtual meeting? Rather than holding onto that nugget during a lengthy email exchange, quickly message the person who can best help develop your idea into a concrete plan. You can bounce ideas off colleagues as rapidly as if you were standing right next to each other, feeding off that unstoppable energy of a problem-solving breakthrough. With live chats, online messaging, and impromptu virtual meetings, we’re sure this year’s virtual Mid-Year Meeting will help bring many ideas to life. 

#2: Questioning speakers during live sessions

To help clear up any confusion on a topic, or to ask questions about your particular business, product, or service, you should attend the virtual sessions live. Then, you can use the virtual chat box to ask speakers questions as they pop into your head. You can also schedule video meetings to discuss ideas, services, and business tips with presenters, or engage in online messaging, to get the most out of the session.

#3: Learning more from live demos of new tools and processes

Sometimes, it’s nearly impossible to understand how to use an innovative tool or technological advancement without someone guiding you along the way. While written guides may help, watching an expert use the latest tool or service that will help you run your business more efficiently is vastly more beneficial. After watching the live demo, you can share your screen with the expert, who will walk you through the steps to implement the tool in your own business. 

#4: Digesting more information by attending live sessions

While many experts say it takes three repetitions minimum for new information to take root, others claim at least seven repetitions are required. No matter who is correct, it’s clear that you must hear novel ideas multiple times to learn and understand something new. By attending live sessions, and then watching the recordings, you can glean more useful tips from each presentation. 

#5: Participating in small-group networking activities in comfort

Virtual happy hours are the best. There’s no need to dress up in sky-high heels, or worry about getting back to your room safely. Instead, mix your favorite cocktail, or pour yourself an ice-cold lemonade, and settle back on your couch to chat with new and old colleagues about improving the veterinary industry. You can also take part in panel discussions, and breakout rooms for hot-topic discussions, and share ideas with like-minded go-getters.

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How to prepare your at-home virtual conference space

Despite the virtual presentation, treat the 2020 Mid-Year Meeting like any “normal” conference. You won’t have to dress up in business casual, and you’ll be able to enjoy the live sessions in your favorite comfortable loungewear—unless you choose to engage in video meetings, where a nice top instead of your cat meme shirt may be necessary—but you should attend the virtual conference with the same mindset as previous Mid-Year Meetings. Follow these tips to get the most out of the virtual Mid-Year Meeting:

  • Find a quiet corner Set up a quiet conference space, and if possible, use headphones or earbuds to drown out ambient sounds.
  • Plan your schedule — Choose your favorite presentations in advance, so you don’t miss a live session. 
  • Send out-of-office reminders — You may not be leaving home, but block off time on your calendar, so others know you are busy attending the Mid-Year Meeting.

We guarantee you’ll get the most out of your VetPartners meeting by attending live sessions. However, if you can’t make it on time, or you want to watch your favorite sessions over and over, the presentations will be recorded for later viewing. We can’t wait to see you in August for a dynamic virtual meeting!

Ready to sign up? Register before August 10 to save $50 on your registration!

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