What is a Webinar?
Are there seminars and conferences on topics important to
your work that you’d like to attend but simply can’t
due to time, travel or money constraints? Then it’s
time to try a webinar. You can attend these live, online seminars
from your desk, a conference room or even your home office.
Webinars are available on just about every topic and they
are hosted by many organizations, including nonprofit groups,
well-known corporations and educational institutions.
Why Attend a Webinar?
||Many webinars are inexpensive or even free.
||You don’t have to travel to attend
a webinar – you can meet from your desk.
||Many webinars are interactive so you can
ask questions, give feedback and participate in audience
||Most webinars are live events, but many
are saved so people who can’t attend at the scheduled
time can access them later.
||Webinars don’t require any special
equipment – usually just a phone and Internet connection.
Choosing a Worthwhile Webinar
No one has time to waste on poorly organized or irrelevant
seminars, whether they are virtual or not, so choose your
webinars carefully. Look for events offered by companies that
are market leaders or you know and trust. Ask colleagues or
friends about their experiences with webinars and have them
recommend webinar hosts or topics suitable for your work.
In addition, check out trade shows relevant to your market
– they often host webinars. You can also find webinar
announcements in newsletters or on the company and publication
Web sites you use often.
Remember that a free webinar doesn’t necessarily mean
a low-quality event. Costs associated with these events are
low for hosts, and organizations frequently use them as tools
for building brand awareness.
Once you’ve decided to attend a webinar, make sure you
have everything you need to participate before the event begins:
||If you’ll be attending from the office, check
with your system administrator to make sure a firewall
won’t block you from connecting to the event.
||Download all necessary files. Many webinars require
you to have a viewer or client to participate. You’ll
usually be prompted to download the required files when
you register, but if you aren’t, it’s best
to double-check before the webinar starts.
||If you’ll be taking part in a webinar from your
desk, book the time in your calendar to avoid being interrupted.
||Determine whether audio will be delivered through a
phone line or as voice-over-IP (in which your voice is
carried over an Internet connection). Be sure you have
the phone number for the audio bridge or make sure you
have speakers and headphones so you can listen over IP.
||If you plan to and are able to give verbal feedback
using voice-over-IP, check your computer for microphone
Webinars are an inexpensive and time-saving way to stay on
top of what’s happening in your industry, so try one
out. You might discover that it’s just like being there,
if not better.
1. Dudley C. Stone www.getmoredone.com/quotes