What are the disadvantages conducting a virtual seminar?


With great innovations in technology, it is now possible to have virtual meetings and seminars. There are several benefits that the virtual seminar rooms provide to an organisation. The key one being a cut in the cost incurred and also the time wastage. However, there are few challenges that organisations doing virtual meet ups face.  Discussed below are some of the common challenges.


Shorter attention span

Research has shown that the attention span when in a virtual meeting is always less than 10 minutes. Now that the meetings and training are always scheduled for more than an hour, it becomes a challenge to keep people attentive throughout. It is more challenging when you are training people on vital issues that require total attention from the start till the end.


No social cues

It is very hard to notice if the audience is lost or bored in a virtual training. Usually, in the physical seminar room, the moderator is able to sense the atmosphere of the room and is able to act on it accordingly. However, this is not the case with virtual meetings. It, therefore, affects the productivity of the whole training and the expected outcome too.


No one takes notes

You are not sure who is taking notes during the meeting or training. It is always necessary that the key points are noted down during the sessions. You will, however, have no ability to see who is doing so and who is not.


Unfamiliar platform

At times, the technologies being used may be unfamiliar to the target audience. It, therefore, means that more time will be spent in training the audience on how to use the available tools. In any business, time is always a valuable resource and hence, it should always be well utilised. In this scenario, there will be more time wastage on the training phase.


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