Someone raised an excellent question yesterday about ways for participants to interact during the CMEpalooza presentations. This is a good point since one of the weaknesses of a virtual conference is the lack of face-to-face interaction. In an effort to offset that loss of in-person communication, below are a few suggestions for interacting both with faculty and other participants of CMEpalooza.
3 Ways to Ask Presenters Questions
- By utilizing the Google+ Hangout Q&A app that will be active during each presentation. It’s my preferred way for participants to ask questions since it’s the eaisiest for me to monitor. Below is a quick tutorial I put together on how to watch the presentations on the CMEpalooza website and ask questions using the Q&A app. The caveat here is that you need to have a Google+ account in order to ask questions this way (ignore what I say in the video about needing to only have a gmail account to use the Q&A app. I was wrong. You need a Google+ account.)
- Send me a tweet (@theCMEguy) with your question and the #CMEpalooza hashtag. I’ll ask your question verbally to the presenter
- Submit your question in the comment box on the CMEpalooza website. The question will not appear on the website but will be immediately emailed to me. I’ll ask your question verbally.
Interacting With Other Participants
For those interested in interacting with other participants during CMEpalooza, the best suggestion I can offer is to take to Twitter using the #CMEpalooza hashtag. The Twitter backchannel is a great way to recreate those hallway conversations we all find so valuable at live meetings. I frequently engage in twitter conversations with fellow participants during both live and virtual events and really have found them to be an invaluable resource. If you’re new to Twitter, maybe this would be a great time for you to give it a try. I will participate as I am able.