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8 Tips on How to Run Your First Webinar

8 Tips on How to Run Your First Webinar

If you have come up with a great idea for a webinar, the next step is to start creating your webinar. The first thing you need is great content. Make sure that the content you use is as specific as possible, and that you go into a lot of detail. This is going to help you stay focused on the topic, and keep things running smoothly without going off-topic. For example, if your topic is about pet care, narrow it down to a specific type of pet care. Once you have content, you can start getting into actually creating and running the webinar. Here are some tips to help get you started.

1. Find speakers.

It is a good idea to choose a speaker who is an expert on the subject that the webinar will be about. After all, you need to know that it is someone who knows the subject inside and out, and who is able to be comfortable in front of a camera. They also need to be able to answer any and all questions from viewers, which is bound to happen eventually.

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2. Choose the right platform.

When choosing a platform, look for one that offers a free trial period. This gives you a chance to try out the product before making any long-term commitments. You get to see how it works, and you can try various platforms, such as ClickMeeting, Adobe Connect, and Google+ Hangouts until you find the one that best suits your needs.

3. Understand the technology.

It is important that you know how to use all of the webinar tools and technology before you actually go live. Make sure that you are comfortable with them before going live so your webinar looks professional. Your learners are likely to notice if you do not know how to use certain tools, and this can lead to disengagement of their eLearning experiences.

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4. Choose the right format.

Next, you have to decide on the format of the webinar. Will it be hosted by one presenter, or will it be a question and answer webinar featuring two or more speakers? Two factors in choosing a format will be the subject and the availability of speakers who are qualified.

5. Test the webinar.

Before going live, it is a good idea to test the webinar to make sure that everything is going to go smoothly when it is showtime. If you wait until the last minute, there are dozens of things that can, and likely will go wrong. Get friends and family members to log into the platform, and take part in the test webinar and get their feedback.

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6. Give learners clear instructions.

Even if you are familiar with the platform, your learners may not be. So, take a few moments to show them the functions and features that they will need to use. Show them where they can ask and answer questions, take part in polls and surveys, etc. Remember, you are using webinars to develop relationships with customers, so make sure that you do what you can to make things easy for them.

7. Create a webinar-ready space.

Make sure that you have a space to work in that is quiet and free of disruptions and distractions. This is another way to make your webinar look professional. If there is a lot going on, learners are not going to be able to concentrate on the webinar itself. Make sure that your computer is ready for recording, and close any apps that you don’t need.

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8. Record the webinar.

When you host live webinars, be sure to record them so attendees can watch them at a different time, and to allow learners who were not able to attend the chance to see it. You may even want to use the webinar as part of a larger eLearning course, or to reference later. Just be sure to record the webinar only, and not the personal data of your learners.

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Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

Why It’s Never Too Late To Redefine Yourself

The ability to reinvent and redefine yourself is a bold, daring and purposeful choice. It doesn’t just happen. You have to make a conscious, intentional choice and then follow through.

If the thought of forging a new path, changing habits, thought patterns and your inner circle of friends scares you – you’re not alone. Change can be a very scary thing. It takes courage, fortitude and a bit of faith to decide to shed your old self and don a new persona. However, it is one of the most critical processes one must repeatedly endure in the pursuit of destiny. Change unlocks new levels of potential.

The Need for Change

Everyday when we wake up, we make a decision. We decide to follow our routine or we decide to go off script and shake things up a bit. For those who are creatures of habit, routine is comfortable, easy and produces very little stress. The problem with this is, after a while you stop growing.

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We all reinvent ourselves at some point in our lives. It is absolutely necessary to achieve certain levels of success.

Reflect back on who you were as a teenager and then who you were at 25. Those are two very different people. Most of us are completely different. Your thought patterns changed, your appearance, job, level of education and even your friends– changed. We like to refer to this as “growing up” or maturing and consider it to be one of life’s natural progressions. However the changes you made were purposeful and deliberate.

This process must be a lifelong and continuous cycle. You are never too old to refresh yourself.

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    Signs It’s Time to Redefine

    “Just as established products and brands need updating to stay alive and vibrant, you periodically need to refresh or reinvent yourself.”– Mireille Guiliano

    So how do you know when it’s time for a system upgrade? There are signs along the way that alert you that it is time for an overhaul. The first sign is the feeling of being stuck. If you feel like you are in a rut, you’re bored with life or you need some newness and excitement, a self reinvention may be in order. Re-evaluate your life vision and your goals. Is that vision still valid and are your goals consistent with your vision and–are they achievable? If you are off course, it’s time for a change. If you are not moving forward and making progress, it’s time for a change.

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    In life, there’s no such thing as neutrality–you’re either moving forward or you are moving backward. Time constantly moves forward and if you are standing still, you are actually losing ground. No matter your age or stage in life– there is always room for improvement.

    “You’re never too old to set another goal or dream a new dream.” ~C. S. Lewis

    The second sign that you are due for a change is the occurrence of major life events in which change is forced upon you. Getting married, starting a new job, being promoted, ending a relationship, becoming a parenting or relocating are all prime opportunities to completely overhaul your life.

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    When these major shifts occur in your life–you have to shift with them. You can’t have a single mentality and have a successful marriage. You can’t remain selfish and irresponsible, and raise a healthy, well-adjusted child. You can’t be promoted to a supervisory position and keep the same subordinate attitude. Each level of success requires something different from you.

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      Consider, for a moment, Arnold Schwarzenegger. People may have different opinions about his character and some of his life choices, but he is a master at reinventing himself. He achieved the ultimate success as a professional body builder by earning the title “Mr. Universe” three times. He then earned a tremendous amount of fame and fortune in the entertainment industry making action/adventure films. And in his latest role, he served two terms as the Governor of California. He succeeded as a professional body builder, a film star and a politician. Each role required massive amounts of change, commitment, strength and hard work.

      And if Arnold can do it…so can you!

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