Don’t Fake It, Make It! Best Practices for Attending Virtual Events
Illustrated differences between in-person conferences (left) and meetings (right).
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How to Cite

Shellhouse, Jarred A., and Lauri M. Baker. 2020. “Don’t Fake It, Make It! Best Practices for Attending Virtual Events: AEC710/WC373, 10/2020”. EDIS 2020 (5).


Continuing the Don’t Fake It, Make It! series to make the most out of virtual conferences and meetings, this fact sheet provides tips specific to attendees. Up to this point, the series has focused largely on the process a host should go through before launching a virtual event. This new 4-page publication of the UF/IFAS Department of Agricultural Education and Communication shifts the focus from virtual host to virtual participant to allow attendees of the virtual event to get the most out of the experience. While the spotlight is on attending virtual conferences in particular, the suggestions included can translate to other virtual meeting spaces. Written by Jarred A. Shellhouse and Lauri M. Baker.
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