ReadyTalk

Meet with Confidence

How Webinars Make Life Easier for Work-from-Home Professionals

Posted by Guest Author on
Share this Post:

Webinars make life easier for work from home professionalsAs a writer, I always want to improve my skills.

But as a freelance writer, I don't always have the chance to travel to attend some of the wonderful seminars and conventions I hear so much about. I've found, though, that I get just as much out of some of the webinars I've attended – I just don't get the hotel ballroom experience and name tag.

Webinars allow me to "meet" some incredible people in my industry.

However, not all experiences are the same. I once took part in a webinar in which the featured writer never showed. Even though we waited. For nearly two hours. Others weren’t what they promised, or technical difficulties – on their end and on mine – prevented me from learning much.

Here are three essentials for the optimum webinar participation experience, in my book.

The right room

This sounds basic, but it's true. During my first webinar ever, I thought I could multi-task. I had no idea what a distraction background music would be. Or a TV in the next room. Or a cat that hadn't been fed. Honestly, I should have refilled my coffee and visited the restroom first, too.

Quiet, distraction-free and comfortable space is a must.

Essentials of your webinar room

  1. A notebook
    I've tried typing notes before, and found it tougher to do during a webinar. I have a second monitor, but I feel as if I'm missing something when I type on it. With a notebook, I can jot notes, or even the time of the webinar, in case there are spots I want to revisit if there's a podcast available.
  2. Pencils, pens and highlighters
    Takes me back to my college days! Call me nerdy, but I use blue highlighter for reference, green for things I want to ask questions about, and yellow for good quotes. Red pen goes in the margins for breakout stuff, and I'll use pencil if I think I'm going to have to erase a lot!
  3. Snacks
    OK, maybe this is just me.

The right Internet connection

Nothing's worse than a shoddy Internet connection when you're knee deep in a great webinar.

I've been there. Back in the days of dial-up, it was a given. Then, I progressed to Internet from my cable provider. Some days, it was stellar. Other days? I couldn't deal with the inconsistency. Even when it was fine, just the threat of it going bad was enough to keep me on edge during the entire webinar.

The right service

Not all webinar services are created equal.

I won't name names, but I've logged in to one or two that didn't go well. Sometimes, the content wasn't what I'd hoped. Other times, it could have been compelling, but the delivery had all the spice of a saltine cracker. Without the salt.

By far, though, the most important aspect for a good webinar is the host. The host can make or break the experience. Colleagues have told me a lot of good things about ReadyTalk webinars, how easy they are to get hooked up with, how professional they are.

With some services, there were times I heard beeps and prompts, but nothing else.

Was I in? Was I out? Sometimes, it was hard to tell.

ReadyTalk webinars have the reputation of being seamless, user-friendly events. Now that I've perfected my webinar room, I feel like I don't worry about anything else but the webinar and what I can gain from it. So, the standards are getting set pretty high. It's how I'm going to grow as a writer.

I'm thinking an upgrade in snacks is in order, too.

 

Elizabeth Phillips is a freelance writer and former business professional who enjoys writing about business and technology-related articles. She can be found productively writing from home in Philadelphia, PA.

 

 

 


Comments for How Webinars Make Life Easier for Work-from-Home Professionals

blog comments powered by Disqus

Recent Posts

7 Ways to Do Security

7 Ways to Do Security If security is a priority for your organization, you will want to ensure that your audio and web conferencing services and recordings are not being accessed...

It's All About Velocity (part III)

This is the final post in a three-part series on funnel velocity. As we talked about in my first post, velocity is a key measurement for marketing efficiency. In my second post, I...

It's All About Velocity (part II)

As you read in yesterday's post on funnel velocity, you first need to identify all of the breakpoints in your lead process before you can start tweaking them. Let’s take a look at...

It's All About Velocity (part I)

This is the first post in a 3-part series about funnel velocity. These days’ marketers are really good about measuring a lot of things. Most marketers could tell you their CPA...

Not more content, better content

Not more content, better content A recap of Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes webinar presented on 11/13   ReadyTalk, Marketo, and several other sponsors were fortunate enough to host...

15 ways to know it’s time to break up (with your conferencing provider)

The road to a fulfilling, enduring conferencing partnership is almost always littered with a few attempts that turned out to be bad technology experiences, poor customer support...

Volunteers in Action: ReadyTalk helps out with Clothes to Kids

ReadyTalk recently had a chance to make our third visit to an awesome organization called Clothes to Kids! We brought along 10 volunteers to help kids and parents shop for clothes...

Debunking Webinar Myth #8: People never attend webinars

Debunking Webinar Myth #8: People never attend webinars Again, when it comes to webinars, it’s important that you manage your expectations. While you might have a lot of...

Debunking Webinar Myth #7: Webinar promotion is expensive

Debunking Webinar Myth #7: Webinar promotion is expensive. This is one of those myths that perplexed us the most. We live in a world dominated by the Internet. Marketers can...