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In 2008, a blog post on Gigaom asked the following question:"Would you attend a virtual conference in yourfield?" Enthusiasm for the concept was a bit muted, culminatingin a final comment that pronounced, "Even though I hate going toconferences, I hate virtual conferences more."

Flash forward 12 years and our options appear a bit limited, tosay the least. In our present COVID-19 reality, nearly allface-to-face gatherings have been moved online. Courtesy ofMoneyCrashers and others, here are some ways to maximize thepotential of a still relatively new phenomenon.

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Richard Binder

Richard Binder, based in New York, is part of the social media team at ALM. He is also a 2014 recipient of the ASPBE Award for Excellence in the Humorous/Fun Department.