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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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5 Rules for Overcoming Adversity and Emotional Pain

5 Rules for Overcoming Adversity and Emotional Pain

“Some people choose to see the ugliness in this world, the disarray. I choose to see the beauty. To believe there is an order to our days. A purpose.” – from the popular show, “Westworld”

It’s different for us all. My personal quest for purpose began with five stages of grief and one startling realization that everything’s endlessly fragile. Adversity, as it happens by rule, found me terribly unprepared, so I decided to take my time. Today, I can honestly say that I’ve grown.

Ugliness and beauty, good and evil, pain and laughter – everything in the universe consists of two forces that are opposing but complementary. In the face of difficulty, that is the only mantra you need.

Here’s how I learned it and why you should too, with five simple rules.

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1. Embrace the Complexity

Quite insidiously, adversities come in all shapes and sizes. Paralyzing physical disabilities, mind-wracking mental problems, ruthless emotional havocs, all leading to the same painful acknowledgement: all the beauty in the world cannot possibly make up for the ugliness that surrounds us. Shattered to pieces, helpless and bare naked, we sit in our therapy chairs, apologizing for being so negative.

Eventually, what it all comes down to is the nature of negative emotion. Our positives overshadow our negatives, thus wrongly teaching us that the road to well-being is paved with nothing but positive feelings and thoughts. How utterly wrong!

“If you’re not failing every now and then, it’s a sign you’re not doing anything innovative”, Woody Allen said.

It’s a classic “learn from your mistakes” rule, but in this case, it implies growing from negative experiences. Make peace with your negativities and embrace beauty and ugliness alike! Accepting this marvellously complex world just as it is will allow you to find purpose in adversity and meaning in misery.

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2. Find Balance, Regain Control

Still, accepting adversity is only the first step toward eventual victory. One can endure only so much trauma in life; if we’re not prepared to deal with difficulties in a productive way, even the minor setbacks can get us off track. Our strengths come from learning, and the best way to learn is through a series of trials and errors. Just like phases of grief or stages of drug addiction, adversities suggest a disabling loss of control, so find your way to regain it.

Some call it the coping mechanism; for others, it’s a spiritual will. However you choose to name yours, know that not all supporting systems are equally beneficial, though each is effective in its own way. Escapism was mine, but it only helped me retain the illusion of beauty. It wasn’t until I opened up toward the ugliness and accepted the naked truth that I was finally free. Whether you choose to dwell in art, religion and spiritualism, thus feeding your resilience from within or to reach out to others for help, choose wisely.

Whatever the means, the second rule is a golden one: find your inner balance and stick to it. Eventually, it will lead you out of the vicious circle.

3. Fight with Patience

My bargaining turned in depression with a single touch. Fearless and free, my dance instructor timidly put her hands on my shoulders and I realized, for the first time, just how tense, stiff and cloistered I was. And just like that, I started letting go. Adversities have their sneaky ways, but in my experience, becoming aware is what hurts the worst. It took me a year to recover from this little moment of self-discovery, and I know remember it as the edge of the rabbit hole.

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Some sufferings are impossible to console; I know that now. The only way to get through is to, well, get through. Depression and despair are only the beginning of the excruciatingly unnerving process that ravages the mind and shrivels the soul, and once they strike, there is no easy way back. So, fight them with patience. When your head starts spinning and your feet lose ground, go to your happy place. Over there, you’ll be reminded that nothing is forever, not even our little existential psychosis.

Take a deep breath and say “om”. When things cannot be combated, they have to be endured, so practice patience and learn to let go. Finally, keep repeating to yourself that this too shall pass.

4. Keep Swimming

Nothing is impossible, in the end. Your negative thoughts will gently pour into your positive ones, just as two streams come together to become a river. In the event of the inevitable disaster, one can only be as calm as still water. Suffering teaches patience, and the latter gives rise to flexibility. Ultimately, what is life than a series of unfortunate events and a handful of bright moments in between? If adversities are impossible to avoid, than learn to glide through as smoothly and patiently as water does with rocks.

Even if spirituality isn’t exactly your cup of tea, you have to admit that this is one solid metaphor. Staying adaptable in the face of change will soothe your panic attacks and keep you sane and sober-blooded. Even if you fail, you’ll know exactly how to breathe and face what’s in front of you once it eventually strikes again. Stay calm and visualize a better tomorrow; if anything else, it will give you strength to dive deep and weather the storm. And, in case there’s somebody’s hand to reach out to, grab it firmly and don’t let go.

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Being flexible against adversities takes a lot of learning, just as staying brave demands a lot of courage. It’s a long, arduous step-by-step routine, and you can reach the end only by swimming on. Persist, even when you fall.

5. Never Stop Searching for Inspiration

And, if it’s a guidance you need, where else to seek it than in experiences of others? Find it in art, in people around you, in chance encounters. The pure beauty of perseverance can be discovered where you expect it the least, so never stop searching for inspiration. If self-help literature soothes your pains and clears your mind, don’t let cynics discourage you. Your path toward reconciliation is nobody’s but yours to choose.

Ever heard of Nick Vujicic? Or Nando Parado? Inspiring people sound their yawps over the roofs of the world, sometimes voiceless, sometimes limbless, sometimes both. Born without arms, Jessica Cox became the most unusual certified pilot in the world, and you can rarely see her without a smile on her face. If you’ve already ripped all of your bucket lists and said goodbye to your dreams and plans, meet Sean Swarner, who’s officially became the first cancer survivor to climb Mount Everest. The stories just go on.

Make your own guidebook! Pen down your positive thoughts, cover your walls with quotes and devise your personal mantras. Whenever things get hard, they’ll be there to remind you of what you need to do. It’s the simplest of all life hacks, and one of the most effective ones.

Find beauty in the world, but never stay blind for its ugliness. However daunting, adversities and emotional pain challenge our inner strength, thus making us resilient and allowing us to grow. As soon as you recognize them as the wind in your sails instead of the devastating storm, the purpose will become simple and clear.

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