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How to Organize and Host a Webinar

In a time when event budgets are slashing and broadband Internet access is increasing, webinars are becoming increasingly popular. Webinars are web-based seminars, typically with 30 or more participants, used for presentations, workshops, lectures, and large conferences. Because webinars are held online, companies can save money on travel, meals and venues, all of which are typically associated with face-to-face seminars. However, due to the large number of attendees, webinars require careful planning to be successful. Because of this, those wishing to host a webinar must take the time to properly go through all the necessary steps to ensure the success of the webinar.

To help you organize your webinar, we’ve highlighted the main steps you need to follow below.

Choose your date well in advance

When planning a webinar or series of webinars, the first thing to do is to refer to the schedule of holidays and events in advance. We’ll be inviting several people due to our busy schedule, so please let us know enough to make time for the webinar. For example, the week ahead of the Christmas holidays can be very busy as people try to tie up all the loose ends before they go on holiday. Careful review of your chosen dates can ensure maximum attendance.

Make sure the time is right

Consider time zone differences. If you are on the West Coast but have attendees from the East Coast (or vice versa), do not book a webinar for when attendees are not in the office. Also, don’t book the webinar too close until the end of the day. Then attendees will want to relax and see what they need to do to get home on time. When inviting people from different countries, you usually choose a time that applies to all attendees (which rarely happens), or you plan to host multiple webinars to fit different time zones.

Select webinar tool

Most online conferencing tools have webinar options, so you just need to choose a plan that matches the number of participants you want to invite. Try the different tools available and choose the one with the features that work best for you. Depending on the type of webinar you are presenting, you may need to change presenters or record the webinar to publish online. By researching all the features of the various tools, you will surely find the perfect software for your situation. Once you’ve decided on the tools to get the most out of your webinar, make sure your provider is willing to provide training.

webinar practice

Hosts need to ensure that webinars run smoothly. For example, there’s no excuse for not knowing how to switch speakers, take a survey, or record a webinar. After training with the vendor, invite a colleague to help test the tool multiple times. Also, make sure all presenters are familiar with the webinar tools.

Agenda and Invitation Development

Set up your webinar carefully before inviting your audience. Think about the duration of the webinar and the order in which you want to cover the main topics you want to cover. Also, schedule a Q&A session as attendees may have a few questions towards the end of the presentation. Then outline the agenda in the invitation. This is the easiest way for participants to know whether the webinar is relevant to them or not. The invitation must also include a link for attendees to connect to the webinar and a dial-in number if they would like to hear it over the phone.

audience invitation

Think carefully about what you’re going to present and choose your audience accordingly. Track responses so you know who will attend the webinar. By closely monitoring the attendee list, follow-up can be planned ahead of time.

presentation plan

Remember, the best online conference presentations are visually appealing. For example, if you’re using PowerPoint, don’t fill your slides with words. Add images related to what you’re presenting. You can also use videos and online games to bring your presentations to life. Some webinar planners send materials to attendees’ offices before the meeting. Learn to think creatively and webinars will become a reality.

Webinar recording

By providing a recording of the webinar, those who wish to repeat part of the discussion or were unable to come can hear what is said in their own time. By linking your webinar to your online marketing campaign, you can use recordings from every email you send to enhance your message.

follow up

As with online meetings, follow-up of webinars is very important. Remind attendees of what was discussed and conduct a survey to gather feedback on how the webinar went. If you’re planning another webinar that your audience might be interested in, make sure your audience knows when they’ll be invited.

check feedback

Always check the feedback you get from webinars. Here are some ways we can improve: Pay special attention to feedback on the presentation, as it is at the heart of the webinar.


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How to Organize and Host a Webinar

In an age when event budgets are being cut and broadband Internet access is rising, webinars are becoming increasingly popular. Webinars are web-based seminars, that usually include over 30 participants and are used to conduct presentations, workshops, lectures, and large-scale meetings. Since webinars are held online, they allow companies to save money on travel, catering, and venues, all of which are costs commonly associated with face-to-face seminars. However, due to their large attendance, webinars need careful planning in order to be successful. This is why those planning on hosting a webinar need to take their time to ensure that they properly go through all the necessary steps which will ensure the webinar’s success.

To help you organize your webinar, we’ve highlighted the most important steps that you need to take below.

Choose a Date Far in Advance

The first thing you should do when planning a webinar, or a series of webinars, is to refer to a holiday and events calendar far in advance. Keep in mind that you will be inviting several people with busy schedules, so give them enough notice to make time for your webinar. For example, the week before Christmas break could be extremely busy, as people are trying to tie up all of their loose ends before they go on holiday. By carefully considering your chosen dates, you can ensure maximum attendance.

Make Sure That You Get the Time Right

Consider time zone differences; if you are on the west coast, but are also inviting participants from the east coast (and vice-versa), don’t schedule a webinar for when your participants will be out of the office. Also, don’t schedule your webinar too close to the end of the day — this is when your participants will want to wind down and see what they still have to do to make it home on time. If you’re inviting people from other countries, either choose a time that can generally work for all participants (which is rare), or plan on holding your webinar several times to account for different time zones.

Choose Your Webinar Tool

Most online meeting tools have webinar options, you just have to choose the plan that corresponds to the number of participants you’re expecting to invite. Test the various tools available, and choose the one with the features and functionality that suits you best. Depending on the sort of webinar you will be presenting, you might need to change between speakers easily, or record the webinar for posting online. Research all the features from several different tools, and you are sure to find the perfect software for your occasion. Make sure that once you’ve chosen the tool, that your provider is willing to train you so you can make the most of your webinar.

Practice Running a Webinar

As the host, you will be expected to ensure that the webinar runs smoothly. There are no excuses for not knowing how to switch between speakers, taking a poll or recording the webinar, for example. Invite some colleagues to help you test the tool several times after your training with the provider. Also, make sure that all of your presenters are familiar with the webinar tool.

Develop an Agenda and Invitation

Before inviting your audience, set up your webinar carefully. Think about how long your webinar will last, and the main items that you want to discuss in the order you would like to discuss them. Also plan for a Q&A session, since your attendees will likely have some questions at the end of your presentation. Then, outline the agenda in the invitation. This is the easiest way for your participants to know if your webinar will be relevant to them. The invitation should also include a link that allows your participants to connect to the webinar, as well as a call-in number, in case they’d prefer to listen in by phone.

Invite Your Audience

Think carefully about what you want to present, and choose your audience accordingly. Be sure to keep track of your responses, so you know who will attend your webinar. By closely monitoring your attendee list, you will be able to plan your follow-up ahead.

Plan Your Presentation

Keep in mind that the best online meeting presentations are highly visual and engaging. If you’re using PowerPoint, for example, do not cram slides only with words. Include pictures that are relevant to what you are presenting. You can also use video and even online games, if appropriate, to bring your presentation to life. Some webinar planners even send materials to the participants’ offices ahead of the meeting. Learn to think creatively, and your webinar will come to life.

Record Your Webinar

By making a recording of your webinar available, those who would like to revisit some of the discussion or those who could not make it, are able to listen to what was said in their own time. If you’re linking your webinar to an online marketing campaign, you can use the recording in any e-mails that you send out, reinforcing your message.

Follow-Up

As with online meetings, following-up on a webinar is extremely important. Remind your participants of what was discussed, and conduct a survey to gather their thoughts on how the webinar went. If you are planning another webinar that could be of interest to your audience, make sure to let them know when they can expect an invitation.

Review Your Feedback

Always be sure to review any feedback that you have received on your webinars. This is how you can improve your next ones. Pay particular attention to the feedback relating to the presentation, as that makes up the core of the webinar.

#Organize #Host #Webinar

How to Organize and Host a Webinar

In an age when event budgets are being cut and broadband Internet access is rising, webinars are becoming increasingly popular. Webinars are web-based seminars, that usually include over 30 participants and are used to conduct presentations, workshops, lectures, and large-scale meetings. Since webinars are held online, they allow companies to save money on travel, catering, and venues, all of which are costs commonly associated with face-to-face seminars. However, due to their large attendance, webinars need careful planning in order to be successful. This is why those planning on hosting a webinar need to take their time to ensure that they properly go through all the necessary steps which will ensure the webinar’s success.

To help you organize your webinar, we’ve highlighted the most important steps that you need to take below.

Choose a Date Far in Advance

The first thing you should do when planning a webinar, or a series of webinars, is to refer to a holiday and events calendar far in advance. Keep in mind that you will be inviting several people with busy schedules, so give them enough notice to make time for your webinar. For example, the week before Christmas break could be extremely busy, as people are trying to tie up all of their loose ends before they go on holiday. By carefully considering your chosen dates, you can ensure maximum attendance.

Make Sure That You Get the Time Right

Consider time zone differences; if you are on the west coast, but are also inviting participants from the east coast (and vice-versa), don’t schedule a webinar for when your participants will be out of the office. Also, don’t schedule your webinar too close to the end of the day — this is when your participants will want to wind down and see what they still have to do to make it home on time. If you’re inviting people from other countries, either choose a time that can generally work for all participants (which is rare), or plan on holding your webinar several times to account for different time zones.

Choose Your Webinar Tool

Most online meeting tools have webinar options, you just have to choose the plan that corresponds to the number of participants you’re expecting to invite. Test the various tools available, and choose the one with the features and functionality that suits you best. Depending on the sort of webinar you will be presenting, you might need to change between speakers easily, or record the webinar for posting online. Research all the features from several different tools, and you are sure to find the perfect software for your occasion. Make sure that once you’ve chosen the tool, that your provider is willing to train you so you can make the most of your webinar.

Practice Running a Webinar

As the host, you will be expected to ensure that the webinar runs smoothly. There are no excuses for not knowing how to switch between speakers, taking a poll or recording the webinar, for example. Invite some colleagues to help you test the tool several times after your training with the provider. Also, make sure that all of your presenters are familiar with the webinar tool.

Develop an Agenda and Invitation

Before inviting your audience, set up your webinar carefully. Think about how long your webinar will last, and the main items that you want to discuss in the order you would like to discuss them. Also plan for a Q&A session, since your attendees will likely have some questions at the end of your presentation. Then, outline the agenda in the invitation. This is the easiest way for your participants to know if your webinar will be relevant to them. The invitation should also include a link that allows your participants to connect to the webinar, as well as a call-in number, in case they’d prefer to listen in by phone.

Invite Your Audience

Think carefully about what you want to present, and choose your audience accordingly. Be sure to keep track of your responses, so you know who will attend your webinar. By closely monitoring your attendee list, you will be able to plan your follow-up ahead.

Plan Your Presentation

Keep in mind that the best online meeting presentations are highly visual and engaging. If you’re using PowerPoint, for example, do not cram slides only with words. Include pictures that are relevant to what you are presenting. You can also use video and even online games, if appropriate, to bring your presentation to life. Some webinar planners even send materials to the participants’ offices ahead of the meeting. Learn to think creatively, and your webinar will come to life.

Record Your Webinar

By making a recording of your webinar available, those who would like to revisit some of the discussion or those who could not make it, are able to listen to what was said in their own time. If you’re linking your webinar to an online marketing campaign, you can use the recording in any e-mails that you send out, reinforcing your message.

Follow-Up

As with online meetings, following-up on a webinar is extremely important. Remind your participants of what was discussed, and conduct a survey to gather their thoughts on how the webinar went. If you are planning another webinar that could be of interest to your audience, make sure to let them know when they can expect an invitation.

Review Your Feedback

Always be sure to review any feedback that you have received on your webinars. This is how you can improve your next ones. Pay particular attention to the feedback relating to the presentation, as that makes up the core of the webinar.

#Organize #Host #Webinar


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