Should You Attend the Next Virtual Conference?

Virtual conferences are all the rage these days. Since March, major conferences have been cancelled across the United States. Huge conferences that were never meant to be held remotely have turned virtual. You are probably receiving advertisements to attend different virtual conferences all the time now! But how do you know if it will be worth the money to attend? A national conference that is normally held in-person will be very different held virtually. As you decide which conferences you will attend this year, you are probably factoring in the amount it will cost to attend compared to the value you will receive from it. Will the conference you normally attend in-person be worth attending virtually? While I don’t have a crystal ball to tell you all of the answers (although that would be cool if I did), I included a handful of tips you should consider when deciding to attend, in addition to, tips on how to get the most out of the conference when attending!

Is the Conference Worth the Money?

This is the million-dollar question everyone is asking themselves right now. If the conference is free, then you should absolutely attend if money is not a factor and you are interested in the content. If it is not free, you will need to determine if the agenda/content will be of value to you. There are a few key questions you can ask yourself to help determine this:

  1. Is this a conference that is normally held in-person? If so, compare the agenda to year’s past. Is it just as meaty or does it seem a little weak?
  2. When you are looking at the agenda are you finding yourself immediately picking out sessions you want to attend? Are you drawn in to several of the topics?
  3. Is the content relatable to your company? Do you see value in the topics they will be presenting that you will be able to apply back at your company?

Asking yourself these key questions will help guide you in the right direction.

Additionally, as you are debating about attending a virtual conference, be sure to avoid the demeanor that a virtual conference is second best to in-person. If the content is what you are looking for, the way you receive that information is the only thing that is different. Furthermore, if it’s a conference normally held in-person and is valuable, chances are the virtual conference will be just as beneficial if it’s covering topics you are interested in. Organizations who are taking the time to transform the conference into a virtual event are going to do everything they can to make it a great one.

What Are You Missing from an In-Person Conference?

This is the next question you want to ask yourself. The main component you are missing is the networking aspect. When you attend conferences one of the benefits is being able to mingle and meet others who do the same thing you do. It is very difficult to incorporate this into a virtual event, but conferences are still hosting virtual happy hours, virtual networking sessions, chat sessions, and more to engage with other attendees. While this is not the same as networking in-person, it shouldn’t be a huge factor for you to not attend a virtual conference since it is a universal limitation across conferences right now. If networking is important to you, you can focus on the conferences that will be holding virtual networking sessions.

Besides the networking component, ask yourself if there is anything else that is missing from the conference that you normally have in-person. Assess what is missing and decide if it’s a big factor that is turning you away from attending the conference virtually.

The Benefits

Now let’s dive into some of the key benefits of a virtual conference.


Virtual conferences give you the flexibility to hop on and off. You can choose which sessions are most important to attend. This allows you to take care of business while still being able to attend the portions of the conference you want to sit in on.

Save Time and Money

The good thing about not needing to attend an in-person conference is the time and money you will save. You will save time on travel and save money in many different areas including airfare, hotel rooms, food, drinks, registration for attendees, and more. Registration is also cheaper for a virtual conference so you will also save money on the registration fee. Additionally, you might consider registering only a few employees for a virtual conference instead of the usual amount you would bring with. If you did only register a few employees, those that attend can take notes and give a presentation to the team on key takeaways from the conference.

Presentations are Being Recorded

If you miss a session or would like to revisit one you attended, most virtual conferences are recording the sessions and sending it out to attendees afterwards. This is a benefit you wouldn’t have at an in-person conference. If there is a session you aren’t able to make live, you will still be able to view it later on.

Education and Inspiration

Let’s not forget about the main reason we attend conferences to begin with. Even though it is being held virtually, the goal of all conferences remains the same: to be educational and inspirational. Everyone always feels good after attending a conference. You gain new industry insights that you can take back to your company. You become inspired listening to motivational speakers and experts in the industry talk. All of this helps you bring new ideas and best practices back to your company. Conferences are beneficial. Otherwise they wouldn’t exist. By attending a conference virtually, you won’t lose out on these key experiences.

Tips When Attending a Virtual Conference

Don’t Multi-Task

If you decide to attend a virtual conference, be sure to make the most of it and be fully engaged. Often times when you are on a webinar, it is easy to get sidetracked in doing another task. Avoid multitasking. You are attending the conference for a reason, not to half listen. In order to avoid distractions, close out of your email and out of all communications. I would even put your phone to the side so you don’t get distracted by a text or phone call. Disconnecting during the sessions you are attending is the only way to ensure you will be fully involved with the conference and get the most of it.

Interact with the Speaker and Attendees

If you are able to ask questions during the session, don’t hold back. Ask questions as if you were there during an in-person presentation. Also, participate in the networking and chat sessions with other attendees. While it isn’t the same as in-person, it is a nice way to share best practices and get to know others in the industry. You will get more out of the conference, the more involved you are.

Login 10 Minutes Early

Everyone is using a different webinar platform these days and have different features turned on/off. Be sure to login 10 minutes early to get the technology setup so you don’t miss the beginning of the presentation. Sometimes you need to download the webinar platform to your computer, other times it may be confusing to get the audio/visual setup. To avoid any confusion and stress, login early to ensure you are ready to go before the presentation.

Ready to Tackle Your Next Virtual Conference?

We went over key questions to ask when deciding to attend a virtual conference. We also reviewed the benefits and tips while attending. So, should you attend the next virtual conference? The answer lies in your hands, but I hope this will at least be a helpful guide for you to get started. What we do know, is that virtual conferences will replace all in-person conferences for the foreseeable future. Chances are you will be attending at least a couple of virtual conferences in the next year, but which ones will be for you to decide.

An Overview of Children Day Care Services

Children day care facilities can be divided into 3 types: preschools, day care centers and family care homes. While all these types of services involve the supervision of kids while their parents are either working or unavailable, every setting is distinct in its own way.

Child day care providers, as the name connotes, take care of children during daytime, when most parents are working. They may either own the licensed care center or just work here. Owners of family day care centers do not necessarily have a license; they usually take care of one or more kids together with their children. The duty of a such a service provider is to supervise children, provide snacks and things to do.

When children come to the day care in the morning, the provider may let them play freely. Before noontime, most providers let the kids participate in structured activities, like reading books or doing art projects. At times, they bring the kids to a museum or a sports center, where they can swim or skate on ice. Good providers focus on activities that enable children to have fun while learning. Parents appreciate them more than providers who let their kids spend time watching television. After all, they pay a fee to these providers to take care of their children.

Child day care providers must supply a healthy lunch and snacks to the children. Also, if an older child is under their care, they are in charge of bringing him/her to school and back to the center right after. Bigger centers that supervise kids of different ages should have workers particularly assigned to look after younger kids, as well as workers to take older children to and from school.

It is the duty of day care providers to look after the welfare of kids at all times. For this reason, a lot of care centers have a fence surrounding their outdoor play areas. The service providers should accompany the children whenever they are outdoors. They can bring the kids to the neighborhood parks as long as they supervise their activities. Most situations that occur at these centers involve kids of different ages. That is why providers should make sure that all children are safely playing together.

It is best for child day care providers to engage in some activities with children such as singing songs, doing craft projects and playing games or sports. Such activities should be suitable for their age and at the same time, be fun as well as safe for them. Though family child care providers may not have as much organized activities with kids, some devote time to read stories, do craft projects or bake with them.

A to Z Guide to Wedding Planning!

  • A is for Atmosphere

Setting the scene for the perfect wedding can be a daunting task and with wedding trends changing rapidly over time, it can mean decision making is hard. Often the best place to start is by thinking about the formality of the event and how you would like your guests to feel on your wedding day! Whether you choose a relaxed garden wedding with subtle coloring and natural tones or a themed wedding at a wild venue with bold wedding colors and outlandish wedding decorations, whichever way you go it is the wedding atmosphere that you create that will generate the most memories!

  • B is for Bachelorette Party & Bridal Shower

Second to choosing your bridesmaids, this is often the next stage in the planning of your pre-wedding activities! This is the event, other than the wedding itself, that the girls look forward to most! Renowned as the tamer of the two, a bridal shower is a gift-giving party held for a bride-to-be in anticipation of her wedding, it is a time for the females in your life to get to know each other and to share advice before your big day.

The Bachelorette Party also known as a hens night, hens party or hens do on the other hand is deemed “an evening of debauchery,” a girls night out in honor of the bride-to-be in the style that is common to that social circle. This is when the bridesmaids take control, organising silly outfits for the bride, dares and games along with gifts for the girls including name tags, fun drinking straws along with personalised bachelorette koozies for a unique gift idea!

  • C is for Ceremony

Ultimately your ceremony, the moment where two people are united in marriage, is the reason you are planning this special day. The way that you choose to perform your ceremony and the wedding reception that follows are often linked in formality and theme and the options are endless.

For the ceremony you will have to give some thought to the location, a church or temple, beach, garden or formal venue often this is driven by the choice for a civil or religious ceremony. Most ceremonies have a similar structure, with your vows, readings and music making a personal service.

  • D is for Destination Wedding

More and more couples are escaping the traditional big celebration wedding in favor of a smaller more intimate ceremony in an exotic location. Whether your destination wedding is overseas or interstate it can still take a lot of organization, not only for the couple and the wedding day itself but in making it fabulous for the guests that have gone that extra mile to share in your special day!

  • E is for Engagement

Congratulations on your Engagement, let the fun begin. Start with your engagement announcements, maybe a notice in the newspaper to inform the community or an item that you can send in the mail to let your friends and family know the good news! If you are moving fast you could even add your wedding save the date to your engagement announcement to help with your planning budget.

Some couples will choose to have an engagement party, an opportunity to celebrate with family and friends and for future guests to get to know each other before the big day. Engagement party favors are often handed out to the guests as a thank you for attending, such as candy treats or custom beer koozies to take home as a memento.

  • F is for Favors

Wedding favors also known as bonbonniere are small gifts given as a gesture of thanks to guests from the bride and groom. Wedding favor ideas have become a major part of wedding planning, with modern gift trends including: CDs with the favorite music of the bride and groom, candy jars, picture frames and wedding koozies. Gifts may also be personalized with the couple’s names, initials or wedding date and even an individual guest name to create a gift and place card.

If you choose wedding Koozies as your wedding favors then it is a great idea to start browsing the designs a few weeks before you need them to be delivered. There is an extensive range of designs available to help you create the perfect match to your wedding color scheme, theme and more. Please read a previous article to help with your design; Personalized Wedding Favors on a Budget – Inspiration for Wedding Koozies to Wow Your Guests!

  • G is for Gift

A wedding present is a gift taken by a guest to congratulate the couple on their marriage. There is usually some etiquette when it comes to gift giving, some couples may choose to take the hard work out of this for their guests and have a gift registry with a wish list to choose from. Others may have a wishing well, this is where guests can anonymously drop cards and monetary gifts into a box known as a wishing well to help the couple on their way to starting a new life together.

  • H is for Honeymoon

A honeymoon is the traditional holiday taken by newlyweds to celebrate their marriage in seclusion. Jetting off to somewhere exotic and romantic is not uncommon although the holiday should be something of choice that suits the couple’s outlook and interests. For couples on a budget a destination wedding can be a great way to spread the cost making the addition of a few days for a honeymoon easy.

  • I is for Invitations

Wedding invitations are a great way to set the scene for your guests. As a follow on from your wedding announcement or save the dates, your wedding invitations can be fun or formal but should be informative and hold an RSVP date so that you can keep to a deadline in your wedding planning.

In modern times the way an invitation arrives is becoming more and more imaginative, you might choose a link to an online wedding website where guests can respond electronically or include a link to a video message. Items sent in the mail can also be creative and unique such as origami style folded gifts, printing a message on a balloon that can only be read once blown up or sending custom wedding koozies for your guests to enjoy at home and on bring on the day!

  • J is for Jewellery

Wedding jewellery can be simple and sophisticated or bold and colorful. This is a very personal choice that that bride will make when choosing her wedding dress and bridal party attire.

Sometimes traditional jewellery will be passed down the generations within a family, bridal accessories can include earrings, bracelets, tiaras and hair combs to name a few.

  • K is for Kiss

“You may now kiss the bride”… the words that the groom has been waiting for all day! Many couples will have a discussion prior to the wedding about the kiss, some even finding this the moment that makes them most nervous! Questions like, how long should it be? Should it be a full-on smooch? Or just a peck? What is the etiquette in wedding kisses? The answer to which is that there is not really an etiquette, just show each other how happy you are to be making this promise to each other and show this off to your guests, just bear in mind that you might be in front of your parents, grandparents and young children.

  • L is for Love

LOVE. An intense feeling of deep affection and the reason you have been ploughing all of your time into planning the ultimate wedding celebration. Say no more.

  • M is for is for Music

One big question for your wedding reception, DJ or Band? Often the answer to which is dependent on budget, formality of your event and location. There is also the decision of which music you should be walking down the aisle to, creating an amazing playlist that will get your guests on their feet and of course the first dance! Here are our choices for a first dance song;

Top 5 First Dance Wedding Songs

  1. Make You Feel My Love – Adele
  2. You Are The Best Thing – Ray LaMontagne
  3. Kiss Me – Ed Sheeran
  4. The Way You Look Tonight – Michael BublĂ©
  5. Better Together – Jack Johnson
  • N is for New

If you are following tradition in the sense of the rhyme “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue” then this is your something NEW! You can include your wedding dress as your something new if it is made to order, or perhaps one of your bridal accessories or a fancy new pair of shoes. Let’s face it when it comes to your wedding there will be a whole heap of items that you can consider using to tick this box!

  • O is for Outdoor Wedding Venue

Weddings are often planned for the perfect weather, the most popular seasons for a wedding are spring and summer so that you can have great light for your wedding photographs and that you have the best chance of enjoying sunny spells outdoors with your guests over welcome drinks.

Your outdoor wedding venue might be in a national park, flower garden, winery or a beautiful beach, whichever you choose for your outdoor wedding be sure to have a wet weather plan on hand, just in case!

  • P is for Photographer

Wedding photography for a lot of couples is a big box to tick. It is lovely to be able to capture your big day and all of that hard work into images that you can cherish for years to come. Choosing a photographer can be a daunting task, be sure to ask around for recommendations, view portfolios of previous work and get to know your photographer so that they learn to capture what is important to you. Looking at your photographs together as a family is a beautiful way to connect after the event, each image will tell its own story and each story will be a memory captured for life!

  • Q is for Quiz

The Mr & Mrs Quiz, the ultimate quiz that any bachelorette should have to complete on their ‘last night of freedom’..! It is a fun way for the maid of honor to connect with and get to know the groom before the event. She will prepare a series of questions that the groom will answer, things can of course get a little cheeky depending on the formality of the bridal shower or bachelorette party, the bride will then need to see how many answers she can match to the groom’s responses, often followed by a forfeit for every wrong answer.

  • R is for Reception

Wedding reception, this is the fun part, after you have nervously said your vows in front of your family and friends you can relax with food, drinks and dancing at your wedding reception. Wedding reception ideas include a formal sit-down meal, cocktail reception or a casual beach BBQ. You can usually leave this up to your wedding planner or venue to organise, that way you can enjoy the celebration and spending time with your guests.

  • S is for Save the Dates & Stationery

Your wedding announcement and first item of wedding stationery is your Save the Date! An ideal gift used for long engagements this is designed to be sent out to your guests well in advance of the formal invitation, once you have your date set you can mail these out so that your guests can save the date in their diary. Some popular methods of sending a save the date include; postcards, calendars, tickets, magnets, custom beer koozies and more.

  • T is for Table Plan

T is also for troublesome, often considered one of the most controversial parts of the wedding planning process, the dreaded table plan! Great aunt Joan cannot be near second cousin John and really you’d like to sit with your pals rather than follow the traditional top table style with your parents… at the end of the day this is your wedding and as a couple you should be able to choose a seating plan to suit your wedding formality and your guests.

  • U is for Ushers

An usher, also known as a groomsman is normally a friend of the groom that has been recruited to direct guests at the ceremony, and generally be available to the bride and groom for assistance throughout the whole wedding event. The ushers would generally be dressed in the same wedding attire as the groom and best man and would feature in the formal wedding photographs alongside the bridesmaids.

  • V is for Vows

The exchange of wedding vows is an important part of your wedding ceremony. It can be a very romantic moment and often the perfect place to express your feelings for each other. Vows can be modern or traditional, led by a minister or celebrant, written for you or by you and can be tailored to your individual personalities.

  • W is for Wedding Dress

Almost every girls wedding dream begins with the dress! There are so many gorgeous styles available and all designed to suit different shapes and sizes… you can find the perfect wedding dress style amongst these… Ball gown, mermaid, A-line, Sheath. Strapless, V-neck, halter-neck, one-shoulder, illusion and more!

Once you have found the perfect style, you can start to create a unique look through the color and density of the material, heavier fabrics such as brocade and jacquard or lighter materials like silk and chiffon, traditionally a wedding dress would be predominantly white or ivory in color, but these days anything goes!

  • X is for X -rated (entertainment at bachelor party)

Although it is not necessarily the way every groom will spend their last night of ‘freedom’, the bachelor party, as portrayed in the movie The Hangover, certainly has a reputation for being a night or indeed a weekend of debauchery! Some will go all out with a weekend in Vegas, but generally the party vibe will include trendy bars, nightclubs and, most importantly, strip clubs!

Much like the bachelorette party, this is where the best man and other members of the bridal party will shine with ideas, organising embarrassing outfits for the groom, along with drinking games and dares! Gifts for the guys might include matching t-shirts, shot glasses, beer horns or custom beer koozies personalised for each of the guys!

  • Y is for Years

The number of years spent together, number of years engaged and then number of years married. Once your wedding day becomes a wonderful memory you have the many years of wedding anniversaries to look forward to and to celebrate. Each anniversary that passes will have a symbolic gift that is presented, there is both a traditional and modern gift here is the traditional list;

  • 1st Paper
  • 2nd Cotton
  • 3rd Leather
  • 4th Fruit/Flowers
  • 5th Wood
  • 10th Tin/Aluminium
  • 15th Crystal
  • 20th China
  • 25th Silver
  • 30th Pearl
  • 35th Coral
  • 40th Ruby
  • 45th Sapphire
  • 50th Gold
  • 60th Diamond
  • Z is for Zero Regrets

In a perfect world, every bride and groom would have the perfect wedding with absolutely no mishaps. However, this is not the perfect world and every turn makes for a new story! Our only advice is to enjoy every minute of your special day, spend as much time with each guest as you possibly, and have zero regrets!