Virtual Event Idea Bank
With the socially isolating impacts of COVID-19, feeling connected to your cohort and NSSLHA chapter is hugely important—now more than ever!
Whether you're planning your next virtual chapter meeting, organizing a Zoom social event, or hosting an online fundraiser, we've got some ideas that might make it easier . . .
Don’t let physical distance stop your chapter members from preparing to the future—keep your CSD knowledge fresh and educate members on the next steps of their careers:
- Invite hospital-based practitioners to talk with your chapter about how current events are impacting audiologists and SLPs.
- Offer chapter members points for activities like coloring (and labeling) diagrams or completing CSD-related crossword puzzles.
- Were you supposed to go to a conference that got canceled? It may not be quite as exciting but allow chapter members to practice their speaking skills by sharing a presentation they were supposed to give through video chat.
- Hold virtual office hours on topics like going through the grad application or Clinical Fellowship/Externship processes . . . or what do when you’re accepted, waitlisted, or rejected to a grad program. Psst, invite alumni to participate!
- Host a faculty lecture series with professionals on- and off-campus—students can vote on topics for discussion.
- Arrange for demonstrations of audiology and speech-language pathology products.
- Host a clinical exchange—students can share clinical experiences and methodologies.
- Host a "Great Debate" over a professional topic.
- Get involved in grassroots advocacy efforts.
- Provide info about online resources like ASHA's Practice Portal and ASHA Journals.
To feel connected, some chapter members might want to give back to their communities:
- Ask members to email encouraging notes to your clinic’s clients.
- Contact a skilled nursing facility to see if they’d like chapter members to send letters and videos to residents.
- Donate your voice to VocalID’s Human Voicebank.
- Check out Zooniverse for an ever-evolving list of research projects for virtual volunteers, like classifying babies’ speech sounds!
- Use the Charity Miles app to walk for a cause—6 feet apart from others, of course. Even if you don’t have donors, the app’s sponsors will pay 25 cents per mile for your daily walk.
- Support the local organizations your chapter already works with. Reach out to them directly to see if there are ways you can help, like holding an online t-shirt sale through Bonfire or campaigning for them through your chapter’s social media channels.
- Host virtual client parties for children who attend your clinic—read stories, provide coloring activities, host a spelling bee.
- Participate in a talk-a-thon to benefit individuals with communication disorders.
It doesn’t have to be all work and no play. Blow off some steam with a virtual social event (you could even invite student members of other allied organizations to participate!):
- Host a movie night through the Netflix Party Chrome extension.
- Show a YouTube painting tutorial and have chapter members paint along (or pencil/crayon sketch if that’s what they have available).
- Hold a “Zooking” (Zoom Cooking) competition—ask members to create a “what’s in your cupboard” meal; then, show off your dishes during a Zoom dinner party and vote for the one that looks most delish!
- Start a book club and meet monthly to talk about the book (pick something fun—no textbooks allowed!).
- Host a CSD Trivia Night through Kahoot!
- Chapter members spread across different times zones? Post a social media challenge for members to complete on their own time. Better yet … take part in one of National NSSLHA’s!
Sharing Is Caring
While we’ve heard some great ideas—like these—from chapters, we know it's just the tip of the iceberg. If your chapter has held an awesome virtual event for chapter members, let us know!