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In 2008, a blog post on Gigaom asked the following question: “Would you attend a virtual conference in your field?” Enthusiasm for the concept was a bit muted, culminating in a final comment that pronounced, “Even though I hate going to conferences, I hate virtual conferences more.”

Flash forward 12 years and our options appear a bit limited, to say the least. In our present COVID-19 reality, nearly all face-to-face gatherings have been moved online. Courtesy of MoneyCrashers and others, here are some ways to maximize the potential 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.

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