The Ultimate Guide to Attending a CWO Digital Networking Event

Since running our first Chief Wine Officer Digital event in March 2020, we’ve now welcomed 2937 happy guests to 203 events. With our virtual offering going strong and set to continue, we’ve put together the ultimate guests’ guide to attending a Chief Wine Officer Digital event. Navigate your way through this page to read our tips on maximising value from networking, business content and joining virtually. You might even get a hint or two on how to win the wine tasting competition at the end of the night!

Do you want to maximise the value of attending a CWO DIGITAL event? Navigate our guide below:

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KEY STATS

Find out more stats in our
‘2020 Highlights’ Infographic

Seniorities

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86%
of our guests are in the C-suite or Global Heads, Directors and SVPs

Functions

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47%
of our events are tailored for IT leaders

Locations

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76%
of our events take place in the UK & USA

GET VALUE FROM NETWORKING

Prepare to Make Connections You Probably Wouldn’t in the Real World

There’s a lot to learn from the many intersections between industries, roles, companies and people. With technology now touching every area of business, our tech-focused events bring together an exciting and more varied selection of guests than ever before. You could be sharing the table with a cross-industry group of IT, HR and Marketing executives from 10 different countries. Prepare to expand your network into unexpected places!

Make Full Use Of Both Presentations and Breakout Rooms

Your event will consist of two keynotes, breakout sessions, and some interactive fun in the form of an expert-led wine tasting. Make sure you get maximum networking value out of each section by doing the following:

  • Engage with your fellow attendees and speakers during the presentations by posting in the chat. You’ll get a chance to discuss your questions in a Q&A following the keynote, which will give you a good idea of who shares your challenges and will be a valuable addition to your professional network.
  • Connect with your fellow guests ahead of the event
    • Your Event Manager will send you the list of attendees – why not connect with some interesting people on Linkedin before meeting them on the night?
    • There will be two breakout room sessions, where you’ll split into smaller groups of five-seven guests. Use this to get more granular on specific business challenges with your fellow guests.
    • Make sure to follow up on new connections made by exchanging emails and/or Linkedin details.

Not usually the one to speak up at an in-person event?

Make the most of the virtual format and use the chat function to have your say.

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Excellent event! Well organised, and engaging! The digital and physical worlds collide over a glass of wine.
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GET VALUE FROM THE BUSINESS CONTENT

Make the Most of the Keynote Presentations

One of your main reasons for joining will be to hear keynotes from esteemed industry thought leaders. To get the most business value out of the presentations, we suggest you:

  • Connect with the speaker(s) on LinkedIn prior to the event
  • Do some research into their organisation and experience, identify what you’d like to learn from them and discuss with the group at the event, and prepare a few questions for the Q&A

Access Industry-Leading Keynote Speakers

Joining virtually means you’ll have access to fantastic keynote speakers that are limited by location in the physical world. Maximise this opportunity by:

  • Asking about the industry challenges and trends they’re seeing in their region and globally
  • Finding out which products and strategies are driving success in regions or industries other than your own

Steer the Discussion

Reach out to your Event Manager to request discussion points you’d like to hear about at the event.

MEET SOME OF OUR SPEAKERS

Curious about who speaks at our events? You could be meeting industry thought leaders such as:

RAMSÉS GALLEGO

International CTO, CyberRes, a Micro Focus line of business


SUE DALEY

Director Tech and Innovation at techUK


HARPER REED

CTO and Futurist Technology Pioneer


ALEXANDRA KAFKA LARSSON

Founder and CEO, Content Perspective


GET VALUE FROM JOINING VIRTUALLY

Join from Wherever Suits You

Would you prefer to join from home, the office, or somewhere else completely? The choice is yours! Here are some tips on getting the most of your chosen viewing location:

  • FROM HOME
    Balance your work/home life by staying inside your own four walls where you can keep an eye on your children and/or pets, and even share some wine with your partner throughout the event
  • FROM THE OFFICE
    Stay in the flow by logging onto the event straight after work, without breaking your focus on the commute home

Get the Most Out of Zoom

Elevate the virtual experience by taking a few simple steps to improve your audio-visual presence at the event. This will help you connect with your peers in an environment that simulates an in-person roundtable as closely as possible.

Virtual Events Are an Eco-Conscious Choice

They significantly reduce carbon emissions from travel – both internationally and locally – and near to eliminate material and food waste.

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A novel experience for me, and very enjoyable. Format worked really well, and interesting mix of presenters and guests (and wine to balance it all).
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GET VALUE FROM THE WINE TASTING

Prepare Your Wine Tasting Selection

You’ll be sent a box containing a tasting bottle of Champagne, white wine, and red wine. Follow these steps to make sure you get the most out of the wine tasting experience:

  • Chill the Champagne and white wine at least a few hours before the event
  • If you have one, prepare an ice bucket to keep them cool once out of the fridge
  • You’ll be tasting three wines, so you could benefit from having some snacks at hand – try salmon for the white wine, cheese for the red, and complement it with some crackers and grapes

Set Yourself up to Become the Chief Wine Officer!

If you haven’t been to one of our events, you’ll be new to the Chief Wine Officer competition. It’s a quiz that your wine host will facilitate at the end of the event, based on what they’ve taught you about each of the wines throughout the evening. The winner will be crowned the ‘Chief Wine Officer’ and will be sent a surprise prize for their efforts. Keen to win? Here are some tips for taking home the title:

  • Listen carefully during your wine speaker’s presentations – the questions will be based on what you learn during the event
  • Read up about your wines’ grapes and regions. Your Event Manager will let you know which wines you’ll be receiving a few weeks ahead of the event
  • You could be asked questions like:
    • Was this wine aged in oak or steel barrels?
    • Do you think these grapes were grown at a high or low altitude?
    • Which grapes do you think were used to make this wine?
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What’s your (wine tree) flavour?

Find out more about your personal wine preferences by taking Master of Wine Sam Caporn’s Wine Flavour Tree quiz.

MEET THE WINE SPEAKERS

At our events, we rely on wine experts and aficionados to extend their knowledge and expand your tasting skills, guiding you through the evening of your Chief Wine Officer tasting experience.

JANE PARKINSON

Resident Wine Expert on
BBC1’s Saturday Kitchen Live

PETER MCCOMBIE

Master of Wine

AMY CHRISTINE

Master of Wine

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Thanks for thought provoking conversation. Was able to relate to the different perspectives provided.
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STILL NOT SURE WHAT TO EXPECT?

Discover our CWO DIGITAL B2B experiences and see what guests and sponsors get to enjoy at our world-class virtual networking events.