Best practices for participating in webinars
Looking to boost your knowledge on a certain topic while you have some downtime? Although webinars have been around for years, over the past few months they have significantly grown in popularity due to the virtual landscape we are currently in.
The best part?! A large number of webinars are being held free of charge during the coronavirus pandemic. Webinars are a great tool if you are part of a small business, as you get to meet new people and learn new topics, that you might not otherwise have learned. Below is our guide on the basics of webinars and how to make the most of them …
What is a webinar?
A webinar is a seminar held on an online network. It can be delivered in any format: as a conference, a lecture, a presentation, etc - but all via some form of video call
What to do if you are joining a webinar:
How to prepare.
> You will need a device such as a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with internet access.
> Check your wifi beforehand. You can measure your internet speed here.
> It always good practice to make sure you have a glass of water and something to write on/with nearby.
> Make sure you don’t have any other distractions around you. Switch off emails and phones in the same way you would if you were in a meeting/in the classroom.
Early is on time…
Make sure you have your ducks in a row when it comes to joining a webinar.
> Test the link they have provided you with at least 10 minutes before the webinar starts.
Do I need to get dressed up?
> The speaker doesn’t see you by default. But he/she can invite you to get on camera side-by-side with him/her and allows you to throw a question or interact if encouraged/
> When in doubt, make the effort to look professional. If nothing else, this can help you get in the right mindset for learning and taking in information.
How can I make the most of my webinar experience?
Virtual courses are a new way of learning for some people and can be difficult to grasp if you are used to a classroom setting. Try to treat the webinar like you would an in-person class which means, take notes, engage with the speaker, and focus.
If you know you will be distracted easily by your partner or children, make sure you close the door to the room you are in and make everyone in the household aware of what you are doing. The great thing about webinars though is that you are most likely going to be muted by the presenter, so if you do have some unforeseen background noise, it isn’t the end of the world.
Depending on the format, there will be a Q&A tab or a hand raising queue. These are great for getting the most out of the presentation by being able to interact with the instructor or their assistant.
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