When making the transition from in-person meetings to virtual town halls, one of the challenges is determining which features to keep, and which features to drop. One standard part of many large events is the “Voice of God” –– that is, the invisible emcee who might be helping the schedule along and instructing the audience about what’s coming next.

What are some of the factors when deciding whether or not to employ a Voice of God for your company’s next virtual town hall?

A. WHO'S YOUR HOST?

If you’ve got a team member who will be onscreen and spearheading the majority of the event, then you may not necessarily need an additional disembodied voice to guide the viewers as well. But if you don’t have an emcee, then a VoG is a great idea. They can help to set the tone of the meeting and make it feel more professional.

B. HOW BIG A SPLASH DO YOU WANT?

If you want to really floor your viewers and establish a pretty classy reputation, an authoritative Voice of God can cause attendees to pay even closer attention to your meeting. Regardless of the platform you’re using, this simple addition can really impress your audience and give your event a bit of an upgrade.

As humans, we typically respect nice new things… the way we tend to respect our first brand new car far more than an old, inherited jalopy.

C. WHERE WOULD YOUR VOICE OF GOD BE RECORDING FROM?

If you intend to employ a Voice of God to elevate your virtual town hall, the last thing you want is for your chosen VoG to actually bring down the quality of your event. Who you hire matters, yes–– but also how they’re capturing their audio matters.

The effect of a VoG is to feel personable and professional, as if they’re practically in the same room with you. (We’ve all been to live events where an invisible emcee boomed out their greetings to the audience in a dark room. It’s meant to drum up excitement!)

So if your narrator is speaking in a room that echoes, or their microphone is poor quality and makes their voice tinny or hollow… it really takes away from the entire aesthetic they were going for. Whether you’re hiring a professional voice actor or employing one of your own team members or even bringing in Morgan Freeman himself to narrate your event… you need to make sure their audio setup is absolutely top-notch.

Including a Voice of God can be a great and fairly easy step toward boosting your virtual town hall to the next level…The key is just to find the right person, and the right recording equipment.

D. GOT MORE QUESTIONS?

Here Are Some of the Top Questions We Get Asked About Virtual Events:

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