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    What is a Simulated Live Virtual Event Format?

    One of the best things about the mass switch to virtual conferences and events is the sheer amount of innovation it has sparked. Agile event technology companies with vision are continuously building solutions to meet the evolving needs of their clients’ online events. As a result, true partnerships between event organizers and tech companies have arisen, all with the goal of creating extraordinary attendee experiences.  


    With the flurry of innovation, an entire new class of virtual delivery format has emerged: Simulated Live Sessions

    What is a Simulated Live Virtual Session?

    You may be wondering, what in the heck is a simulated live session?

    In layman’s terms, simulated live (also referred to as semi-live) combines the benefits of a live stream session and pre-recorded content, all in one. 


    Let’s break it down in detail. 

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    With a simulated live session, a virtual presenter or panel’s video presentation is pre-recorded. But unlike on-demand content, a simulated live session starts and ends at a specific time. It can even count down like a live stream.


    A simulated live session has a live component as well. While the presentation takes place, a presenter or panel is available to interact with a virtual audience in real time, just like they would in a live stream or collaborative training session. 


    As the pre-recorded content plays, presenters chat with the audience and answer questions live. Hence, the term, “semi-live”. 


    Depending on the event’s goals and the presenters’ comfort level, they can choose to interact with attendees via live video, audio only, or chat.


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    What are Some Advantages of Simulated Live Sessions?


    Convenience and Flexibility

    Since the presentation can be recorded at any time prior to the session, simulated live is more flexible and convenient for many presenters. 


    Solves Time Zone Differences 

    Simulated live eliminates the need for your speakers to give the same presentation multiple times and compensates for attendees in different time zones or regions. A key advantage is your entire audience will receive a consistent message while benefiting from live interactivity.



    Ever hear the term FOMO? Semi-live takes advantage of your audience’s natural fear of FOMmissing out on something great. It creates the excitement and urgency associated with live content available for only a limited time. Take a lesson from Snapchat and Instagram stories!


    Virtual Presenter Stage Fright

    Even seasoned speakers may have a fear of going live on camera. The pre-recorded aspect of semi-live allows presenters to deliver a flawless presentation. The best part? Semi-live leaves speakers or panels available to answer questions, chat, and interact with the audience in real-time without interrupting the flow of the content.


    How Do Simulated Live Sessions Fit into a Virtual Agenda?

    Simulated live can be used as a sole delivery format; however, many event planners choose a mix of live streamed sessions, on-demand content, and simulated live sessions to produce an all-encompassing, engaging audience experience.


    Closing Thoughts

    In this post, we’ve introduced simulated live as a virtual delivery format and highlighted a few of its advantages. To captivate your virtual attendees with rich, engaging content and delight your presenters, you may need a virtual session format that offers benefits of live streaming and pre-recorded content. Simulated live offers an ideal balance of both in one innovative session delivery.


    Want information on how to include simulated live sessions in your next virtual event? Consult with a MeetingPlay event expert.


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