Webinars, web meetings, web conferences, webcasts…jeeesh, what’s with all these terms!? Without getting too granular in those definitions (yet), let’s just think about the ability of sharing your message, working session or training with a much wider and perhaps global audience right from your desk, or better yet a comfy home office. The audience is engaged, interactive and everyone is truly enjoying the presentation. Sounds great, doesn’t it?…BUT…on the flip side, as I’m sure know, they can be absolutely painful to plan for and execute. Oh, and not to mention the pain of the boring, monotonous presentation your audience is forced to endure…if they even show up! Is that a scare tactic, yep, is sure is, and sadly true based on the discussions I’ve had with our customers over the years. Don’t you worry, I’m here to help.
I’ve been lucky enough to be training our ReadyTalk family of customers for almost nine years. In this series, I’ll provide insight on some of the things I’ve learned over the years to help you get more out of your webinars and web meetings – let’s just keep it to those two terms for now. In my role here at ReadyTalk, I’ve probably talked with thousands of people – both new to webinars and web conferencing as well as experienced “pros.” Heck, I may have talked with some of you reading this right now! The trainings I conduct on a daily basis range from traditional software training to webinar consulting to speaker and moderator coaching. Through those years of training, I’ve gathered a set of the tactics and advice you’ll see in throughout these posts. What you’ll learn doesn’t really don’t rely on any specific technology, although, as you might imagine I’ll be using our tools and features as examples. What I’m concentrating on is YOU, as the presenter, organizer, the moderator. It really comes down to you.
Enough about that…Here’s a sample of topics coming to you in the future:
- Fear Factor: Many first time presenters or first time web presenters get pretty nervous. I’ll validate your fears and provide some guidance on how to alleviate it.
- How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice.
- 2-4-6-8 – Moderate! Tips on how to be a great moderator whether you have a major role or minor role.
- Just ask them. – Know your audience before the meeting. Ideas on how you can easily understand more about your participants
- Tell me something I don’t know: Doing the basics brilliantly will go a long way; some easy tips to ensure things go smoothly.
- Don’t read your slides!!! – Need I say more?
- Know your stuff. Be an expert on the topic or get someone who is.
- And more…