Somewhere in my literary travels a long time ago, I read a piece that theorized that most of us were neither introverts or extroverts. Instead, perhaps 80% of the population are ambiverts. Ambiverts have both tendencies; we can feel energized by hosting a party, and also can feel invigorated by an evening of reading by a crackling fire.
Up until recently, most association meetings, whether they are conferences, board meetings, or chapter meetings, have been designed for extroverts. Chit chat, presenting, receptions, and after hours on the town can be exciting for extroverts. Ambiverts can enjoy these activities, although usually in smaller doses. Introverts may find themselves passing up large portions of these meetings altogether.
This new digital age of meetings might swing the pendulum in the other direction. The chat feature allows participants to think before they speak, which some people find more comfortable. Breakout groups can help attendees connect in manageable, less-awkward, work-oriented teams. The new spread out timing many conference hosts are experimenting with, i.e., a few hours a day over a few weeks gives attendees time to recharge their batteries before the next social encounter.
You might find your next virtual conference attracts a new population of members who did not engage with previous in-person meetings.