• Vaughan Rivett

Virtual Event: John Maxwell Certified Coach, Teacher and Speaker

Over the past 12 months I have been developing myself as a leader by undertaking training to become a John Maxwell Certified Speaker, Coach and Trainer. Recently I attended the International Maxwell Certification (IMC) event, where I graduated with my certification.

Living in an era of COVID-19 and the many things that come with that, the live event in Orlando, Florida was unable to take place. However, the event was run through a virtual experience using the hopin.to platform. I have been deliberate in using the term "experience", because it truly was an experience.

Virtual conference setup

Due to the time difference between New Zealand and ET, the conference began at 1:00 AM and went through to 9:30 AM here in New Zealand. I set myself up to make the most of the conference. I was able to enjoy the comfort of my own home.

If you can imagine this, the television became the main stage. You will also see that I have a laptop on a music stand. This was for the speed networking. During the breaks between speakers, I was able to be randomly connected to other event delegates. We got to talk for 2 minutes before we would be abruptly disconnected and matched with another delegate.

As chaotic as it appears, I found that there was a lot of value in speed networking. If I had attended the event in person, I wold have been too shy to speak with a lot of the people I connected with. Not only that, but in a live setting, once I begin speaking with someone, I would tend to speak with them for a longer period and therefore not meet as many people.

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