Tips for Success
Review helpful suggestions on how to make the most of your webinars.
Prior to Webinar Start
you plan to share your entire desktop, turn off any instant-messaging
applications, notification software or other programs that may interrupt
or distract from the webinar.
off any streaming media applications that may take up bandwidth and resource-intensive
applications that may be taxing processor ability.
the desktop display to a neutral background and adjust display settings
to a mid-range resolution (e.g., 1024 x 768) to improve the display for
attendees with lesser settings. This is also the optimal setting for recording
up your desktop before a webinar or use the Clean Screen feature when
showing your desktop to avoid distracting your attendees.
the documents you wish to share ready to be accessed in 1 or 2 clicks.
- Run a Practice Session with your panelists and
any other organizers to familiarize yourself with the format and flow
of your online presentation.
Managing the Webinar
- Arrive a few minutes
early to greet the attendees as they arrive, and start the webinar on time.
It also helps to have a welcome presentation running during this time.
Your presence in these opening minutes can help establish the tone and
direction of the webinar.
- Provide an agenda at
the start of the webinar, including estimated duration, and stick to it.
attendees what the purpose/goal of the webinar is, what to expect and
when and how to ask questions and participate in the webinar.
- Provide information
on how to use equipment or services and how to get assistance if needed.
- Consider having another
organizer help manage and monitor questions and answers.
- Encourage participation
by using the Polling feature.
- End the webinar clearly.
Make sure all the attendees know that the webinar is formally over and
stay on the line to address any last questions.
dialing in to the webinar using a telephone, avoid using cellular and
cordless phones due to static. Use the phone handset or a headset instead
of speakerphones to avoid background noise, tunnel effect and sentence
using a telephone, turn off your call waiting. The beep of a new call
on another line can be heard by everyone.
using a telephone, avoid putting your phone on hold during the presentation.
Your hold music will play into the conference call and make it impossible
for other attendees to continue the webinar.
you find you are having a sound quality issue, hang up and dial back in
(telephone) or check your mic and speaker devices (VoIP). Sometimes these
problems clear themselves when the bad connection is terminated.
presenting, join the webinar from a location where there is little background
yourself when you begin speaking and ask your panelists to also identify
themselves before speaking. Not everyone in the webinar may know everyone