Meeting/Event Information

Effective Virtual Business Development & Communications

February 03, 2021
9:30 AM - 11:30 AM


Please see the Registration Notice at the bottom of this page for online payment outages.

Communication is key - now more than ever as we navigate the intricacies and sometimes awkwardness of virtual meetings. Looking to brush up on your core communication skills? Need some tips for mastering virtual meetings in the new year? Meg Winch’s Effective Virtual Business Development and Communications program will focus on ways to optimize communication in a virtual environment: how we speak, move, listen, document, and demonstrate.

Across contexts, Meg will demonstrate how to use voice, body, and presence to lead communication; you will learn—and practice—skills that will positively impact any type of communication, including short-list interviews. She will share lessons learned from high-profile interviews, training processes, and facilitated events from across the globe to help you understand how to take advantage of technology to be a better communicator. You will take away ‘hacks’ to make virtual communication more effective for any event and for speakers at all skill levels.

Meg will also review best practices for virtual interviews that will help you and your teams prepare differently – and more effectively – for your next short-list interview and showcase your team’s points of differentiation and engage with your selectors.

IMPORTANT NOTES ABOUT THE PROGRAM: Join us at 9:30 am (PST) for pre-presentation networking and connect with SMPS members and non-members from Washington D.C., San Diego, and the Twin Cities. After the presentation, stay online for a post-presentation roundtable discussion to gain further insights and ideas that will help set your firm apart. Come ready to be engaged and interact with the group. We ask that if you're able, please have your video turned on. Each participating chapter has agreed to make a charitable donation; SMPS Seattle will donate to the Girl Scouts of Western Washington.

Program schedule:

9:30 am - 10:00 am | Moderated networking
10:00 am - 11:00 am | Presentation by Meg Winch
11:00 am - 11:30 am | Q&A and roundtable discussion

Learning objectives:

1. Effective communication skills in any environment
2. How to enhance virtual client engagement (planning and preparation)
3. Successful virtual presentation techniques

About the Speaker:

Meg Winch is a speaker and communication consultant who specializes in the facilitation and training of communication and organizational skills, working with project team members to enhance the communication behaviors critical to their jobs. She is a trained facilitator of formal partnering and public involvement processes and works regularly with teams to develop presentations, manage messages, and develop communication strategies and agreements. Meg also works with both public and private sector clients to develop comprehensive programs to engage in both qualitative and quantitative research. Meg holds BA degrees in Communication and German from the University of Washington and an MS in Communication and Group Dynamics from Purdue University.


Learn and Earn CEU
Effective Virtual Business Development & Communications is approved for 1 Continuing Education Unit.

Content covers the following Domain(s) of Practice
3- Client and Business Development

For more information about becoming a Certified Professional Services Marketer (CPSM), contact Erin Hatch, CPSM or contact SMPS Headquarters.

Content Relevance
This event is relevant for all career levels

Registration Notice:

SMPS Seattle's payment processing vendor will be making updates in the following weeks. We will be unable to accept registrations and payments during the following times while updates are taking place: 

  • Saturday, January 16, 2021, from 4:00 am through 9:00 pm 
  • Saturday, February 6, 2021, 4:00 am through Monday, February 8th, 3:00 am

Thank you for your understanding.



$30.00 SMPS Member (Seattle)

$45.00 Guest

$30.00 SMPS Member (Other Chapter) - - Use CONTINUE AS GUEST option when registering.