Think back to a time when you were facilitating a virtual classroom or webinar for a group of twenty or more participants. You’ve spent hours preparing, you’ve worked through all the pesky technical issues that came up in the first few minutes, and you are just getting going on the topic. Then . . . your internet goes out!! The course stops, everyone is kicked out, the recording is interrupted, and you know you’re about to waste more precious minutes getting everyone back on and technically onboarded.
If you’d had a virtual producer when this happened, the virtual producer would be keeping the meeting “up” while you get connected to your phone, external modem, or your neighbor’s WIFI. The producer could even be prepared to keep the meeting moving forward and allow you to elegantly rejoin. That’s one of the more extreme reasons for having a vILT (virtual instructor led training) producer, but not the only one.