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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 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

5 Smart Reasons to Start Journal Writing Today

Here’s the truth: your effectiveness at life is not what it could be. You’re missing out.

Each day passes by and you have nothing to prove that it even happened. Did you achieve something? Go on a date? Have an emotional breakthrough? Who knows?

But what you do know is that you don’t want to make the same mistakes that you’ve made in the past.

Our lives are full of hidden gems of knowledge and insight, and the most recent events in our lives contain the most useful gems of all. Do you know why? It’s simple, those hidden lessons are the most up to date, meaning they have the largest impact on what we’re doing right now.

But the question is, how do you get those lessons? There’s a simple way to do it, and it doesn’t involve time machines:

Journal writing.

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Improved mental clarity, the ability to see our lives in the big picture, as well as serving as a piece of evidence cataloguing every success we’ve ever had; we are provided all of the above and more by doing some journal writing.

Journal writing is a useful and flexible tool to help shed light on achieving your goals.

Here’s 5 smart reasons why you should do journal writing:

1. Journals Help You Have a Better Connection with Your Values, Emotions, and Goals

By journaling about what you believe in, why you believe it, how you feel, and what your goals are, you understand your relationships with these things better. This is because you must sort through the mental clutter and provide details on why you do what you do and feel what you feel.

Consider this:

Perhaps you’ve spent the last year or so working at a job you don’t like. It would be easy to just suck it up and keep working with your head down, going on as if it’s supposed to be normal to not like your job. Nobody else is complaining, so why should you, right?

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But a little journal writing will set things straight for you. You don’t like your job. You feel like it’s robbing you of happiness and satisfaction, and you don’t see yourself better there in the future.

The other workers? Maybe they don’t know, maybe they don’t care. But you do, you know and care enough to do something about it. And you’re capable of fixing this problem because your journal writing allows you to finally be honest with yourself about it.

2. Journals Improve Mental Clarity and Help Improve Your Focus

If there’s one thing journal writing is good for, it’s clearing the mental clutter.

How does it work? Simply, whenever you have a problem and write about it in a journal, you transfer the problem from your head to the paper. This empties the mind, allowing allocation of precious resources to problem-solving rather than problem-storing.

Let’s say you’ve been juggling several tasks at work. You’ve got data entry, testing, e-mails, problems with the boss, and so on—enough to overwhelm you—but as you start journal writing, things become clearer and easier to understand: Data entry can actually wait till Thursday; Bill kindly offered earlier to do my testing; For e-mails, I can check them now; the boss is just upset because Becky called in sick, etc.

You become better able to focus and reason your tasks out, and this is an indispensable and useful skill to have.

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3. Journals Improve Insight and Understanding

As a positive consequence of improving your mental clarity, you become more open to insights you may have missed before. As you write your notes out, you’re essentially having a dialogue with yourself. This draws out insights that you would have missed otherwise; it’s almost as if two people are working together to better understand each other. This kind of insight is only available to the person who has taken the time to connect with and understand themselves in the form of writing.

Once you’ve gotten a few entries written down, new insights can be gleaned from reading over them. What themes do you see in your life? Do you keep switching goals halfway through? Are you constantly dating the same type of people who aren’t good for you? Have you slowly but surely pushed people out of your life for fear of being hurt?

All of these questions can be answered by simply self-reflecting, but you can only discover the answers if you’ve captured them in writing. These questions are going to be tough to answer without a journal of your actions and experiences.

4. Journals Track Your Overall Development

Life happens, and it can happen fast. Sometimes we don’t take the time to stop and look around at what’s happening to us at each moment. We don’t get to see the step-by-step progress that we’re making in our own lives. So what happens? One day it’s the future, and you have no idea how you’ve gotten there.

Journal writing allows you to see how you’ve changed over time, so you can see where you did things right, and you can see where you took a misstep and fell.

The great thing about journals is that you’ll know what that misstep was, and you can make sure it doesn’t happen again—all because you made sure to log it, allowing yourself to learn from your mistakes.

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5. Journals Facilitate Personal Growth

The best thing about journal writing is that no matter what you end up writing about, it’s hard to not grow from it. You can’t just look at a past entry in which you acted shamefully and say “that was dumb, anyway!” No, we say “I will never make a dumb choice like that again!”

It’s impossible not to grow when it comes to journal writing. That’s what makes journal writing such a powerful tool, whether it’s about achieving goals, becoming a better person, or just general personal-development. No matter what you use it for, you’ll eventually see yourself growing as a person.

Kickstart Journaling

How can journaling best be of use to you? To vent your emotions? To help achieve your goals? To help clear your mind? What do you think makes journaling such a useful life skill?

Know the answer? Then it’s about time you reap the benefits of journal writing and start putting pen to paper.

Here’s what you can do to start journaling:

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