5 WAYS TO GET THE BEST OUT OF A WEBINAR

After having an elaborate write up on “How to conduct a Successful Webinar that remains evergreen”, I am sure you will be more interested in its benefits. Currently  in this pandemic, our world is surrounded by zoom calls , webinars apart from corporates have become effective medium to connect people like us to pursue our interests in a particular field.

Since most of us are consumers of knowledge, it is essential that the time we spent is worthwhile.

So friends, relax and read this post while I narrate to you my personal observations and also share useful tips too.

THE BEST POSSIBLE WAYS TO GET THE MAXIMUM OUT OF A WEBINAR

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BE THE BOSS

Today, we are surrounded by people, companies and brands conducting a informative webinar that could be useful for your career, guide you to  lead a better life or gain to be numero uno .

It is important to choose the right kind of webinar or topic that will help you broaden your knowledge. Ultimately our focus is how we can make the best of a webinar.

Personal Tip– Incase you are part of a webinar that’s hosted for a group, say employees where you don’t have choice of topic, make it a point to find atleast 2 takeaways from the session.

KEEP AN OPEN MINDSET

Often our knowledge about a certain aspect limits our scope to learn further. We have definite mindset of “know it all” which restrains us to absorb more information. Do you agree?

Well, keeping an open mindset will help you to reason your ideas and also encourage you to think differently about a same topic.

Tip-  I jot down new words, current events related to the topic. Most webinars include current events as examples for audiences to resonate with them. This helps me be on the same page.

LISTEN BUT TAKE MORE NOTES

In the past, training and development in corporates included a  workshop for a few days. Remember those shared resources like PPT’S, worksheets, website links ? Presently, a personalized webinar suits many and trainers can diversify their same  content modules to different locations in a short span of time.

Thus, each session is tailor- made to create maximum impact. As our memory span is limited, it is best to take personal notes preferably in pointers to make it user friendly. Attentive listening and taking notes together allows our minds to be more receptive to familiarize with topics in future.

Personal TipRecently, I signed up for a webinar on Entrepreneurship. The notes helped me to visualize a mindmap of future venture I dream of. Next time, I needn’t start all over again. Now, if I read on article,say a topic on Small businesses, my knowledge is much deeper than before.

PATIENCE IS THE KEY

Let’s say, you have taken up a webinar to know more about a topic Eg: Web Copy. Since it is a niche topic, there are chances the session could be clubbed with Branding, Copywriting for beginners , Website Designing etc. It is possible that you may lose interest until the actual topic of Web copy is dealt upon. Hold on, that’s when you need patience to listen through all remaining topics.

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Why do I need to spend my precious time, Elvira? , you may ask. My answer is, incase you have innate knowledge about the theme and the session is pre-recorded, you can skip other topics. But, suppose, it is a live webinar, then be patient to listen through it.

Firstly, the beauty of a webinar is it’s power- packed information offered in limited amount of time. So, every topic is dealt precisely in few minutes. Secondly, I cannot talk about an alien without giving a brief about planets of different galaxies in outer space, right?

Personal TipThough I was super bored to hear the same techniques of affiliate marketing in a session, the mundane theme grew interesting as the speaker gave his own experiences, the industry expectations and listed its potential relevance which turned out to be gold for me.

DON’T SHY AWAY FROM ASKING

Finally, the golden moment we  have been waiting for. The Q &A round where the speaker invites us to share our concerns and voice our opinions. Don’t hesitate to speak up. Even your simple doubt could be a subject worth exploring. This helps us to have holistic view of a topic rather than just walking with keynotes that the speaker has just spoken.

Personal TipMostly, I make brief note of the concepts I wish to know about by some prior research. Also, during the session, if a technical topic has appealed to me in a different way, I normally ask the speaker if he/she could briefly explain through real life examples or stories.

CONCLUSION

Keep the hunger for learning more. Choose from a variety of topics and signup for a webinar. Some offer courses customized to your schedule and you can learn different topics under the same subject to update your concepts. Webinars gives you an opportunity to learn about a subject in a series of sessions rather than scrolling through multiple links and posts on Google.

Friends, I hope you will have more value-added experience next time you sign-up for a Webinar with these useful personal tips.

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How to conduct a successful webinar that remains evergreen

One of the most used buzzword in 2020 apart from “pandemic” has been “Webinars”.Companies,brands, professionals have started following this medium to communicate with their customers directly through a virtual presence.  Experts in various fields have realized that Webinars are the future model to scale up their businesses and gain success.

So , How many of you have attended Webinars in the past few months ? Or Are you yourself a Webinar Host? According to you, what makes it actually click. ( Think for a  moment  and answer in the comments).

After attending a lot of different types of webinars myself and researching on the same, sharing my useful insights with you.

Here’s how you can start a successful webinar of  Your Own :

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Choosing a topic/ niche

Following the trend is good, but don’t follow the herd without your own homework. Whether you are already conducting webinars or a beginner, the crucial aspect of a hosting a Webinar is choice of topic you have knowledge about and can communicate to the audience.

Your content should be really specific , informative and well researched

Eg: Entrepreneurship is a broad concept. Choose topics like – “Guide for Solopreneurs to scale up their brand”.

Success Tip Research about a SEO friendly topic, communicate with the people in your network about the challenges they are facing and choose the most viable option. Prepare notes for sub topics.

Prepare to handle any situation

One of the common issues faced in case you are hosting Webinars are external factors like technological glitches, attendees not yet present for the sessions, disinterested audiences or first time users in  a webinar platform .

It is advisable for you to have a moderator who can take charge of the situation without the flow of the session being disrupted.

Success TipRemember it is okay, don’t get overworked by the situation. Respond by quick interaction with audiences .Keep catchy phrases handy. Send a text to the concerned person incase an expert intervention is needed.

A confident Speaker

A speaker is the one who can engage even a disengaged audience to listen. The whole point of having a Webinar is conduct a meaningful session and built a relationship with your audience.

Having confident speakers who have fair knowledge in the subject is more helpful to make it a success. He/ She will be able to add their own experiences, learnings to the topics making it more relatable.

Success TipModulate your voice to pause at an important word/ phrase or even repeat the sentence to get the point across. Do so in moderations.

Listening to your target audience

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Webinars are different from hosting a conference or meetings. They are meant to be a two- way communication process. Recently, I came across a webinar having more of product promotion actually meant for education. So, you need to differentiate your sessions accordingly and inform the audience. 

Eg: “How can this specific Self Help e-book make your life easier”. Then, audiences are aware that the entire session will include the benefits of the e- book and even want to buy it.

Success TipSuppose you may have planned for a topic, but there is no response. Keep that session later in your schedule. Don’t push content for namesake.

Time factor

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Defining the exact schedule of the webinar,the exact time, date and availability is necessary to make a Webinar effective and successful. Conduct a rehersal with the moderator and the speakers before going Live.

Jot down the time each speaker can have and try to stick to it. This will also help to keep a Time slots free for audiences to interact which usually takes longer. Mark your calendars and also factor in different time zones.

Success TipScheduling your whole session can help you keep short breaks incase it is an indepth topic discussion to be held for long hours so that audiences aren’t bored or leave.

Use of Correct Resources

Conducting a Webinar on an online platform makes us steer back from the whole process. Many of us find it more easier to speak to a live audience rather than online platform where we are looking at the camera and the screen. So using the right resources can solve our fears.

Invest in a good mic,headphones(optional),recording software.

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Keep your environment noise free.Keep your notes,water bottle,snacks handy and put your phone on silent mode. The speakers while conducting the sessions need to be prompt and specific with topics relevant in that niche that could be possibly asked.

Using of visuals will make the participants grasp the concepts faster.Eg: Path to go a website and visit specific tabs for reference can be shown in either Diagrams or Snapshot of the Screen.

There is a positive impression that each session is been given top priority and all the efforts will show in those few hours.

Success TipIncase you have slides in your session, highlight and spend more time on  the important keyword chapters/topics so that the participants can learn those concepts better.

Answering the audiences

As participants, we all look forward to be a part of the session where we want to voice our queries and get solutions from the speakers. So, how can we have an effective audience interaction as the host.Choose to answer being asked by the moderator on behalf of the audiences.

Simple and easy process. Collate all the questions rather than peering on the screen making it more awkward.If you have few group of participants,call them by name and invite them to speak.

Success TipIf you are a beginner, request members to raise their hands or type in their queries in the chat box to answer them systematically.

Promotional and Marketing strategies

Our whole focus here is not just conducting a webinar, but conducting it successfully. Proper planning, scheduling of events and promotions play a very important role.

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As you have already begun by taking opinions of your network for choosing topic at the start, conducting Q and A, polls, send invites to see how many are interested to attend the session makes it more engaging.

Strategize your content, built surprises, write captions and promote on various social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp and Instagram to create a buzz and invite more participants.

Let your audiences know “Why your webinar should not be missed, what could be the possible takeaways”.

Success TipPromote “ Free” webinars to attract audiences. Suppose your session is a paid version- promote the USP of the session- a prominent guest speaker, Exclusive content etc.

Evergreen Content

Focusing on the latter aspect of our Title, an Evergreen content holds more prominence of making your webinar earn accolades and revenue.

But, you may wonder, once the session is over, how can we still utilize it to the optimum?

The trick is keep track of your  certain important segments and repackage it on your social media platforms to let newcomers know about your achievements. You could also use your webinar as perfect model to pitch clients for leads and build brand collaborations.

     Evergreen Webinar Content can be used as your USP in future projects, company website and blog posts. Follow up with your team and participants for growth, sustainability and uniqueness of your brand.

Success TipCreate a research database specifically to studies, prepare reports to analyze your previous sessions performance, member’s feedback and reach you generated  on regular basis to help you improve your next webinar more fruitfully.

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career switch- another banker turned freelancer

Change is inevitable and rightly so for many of us. Mostly circumstances lead us to this transitory phase and sometimes a “Transformation” is the only next alternative we have. Is switching careers a Right Choice?

I started Blogging in around 2009 in College to express my thoughts into a Digital Space organically growing to understand different nuances Writing has to offer.

To be honest, until then inking Poems was a side hustle, a passion I still continue to live everyday.

So, What was this Life Changing experience?

Choosing Banking and working in the corporate world was my choice and I considered it to be my destiny.

I enjoyed being part of daily hustle and achieving targets, engaging with customers, training new entrants, handling bank operations and team meetings etc.

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But slowly, I began to get the itch of doing something that I really passionate about i.e. Writing!

Sometimes, everything you do doesn’t feel or work right!

Poetry on many occasions made me evolve as a person. As a writer, to pen down words that resonate your voice and connect with your audiences is a great accomplishment.

I was lucky enough to have my work appreciated, read by my readers and given feedback to improve my skills.

It became a platform to interact with writers who were into diverse fields yet brilliant writers creating beautiful content.

I owe my journey of becoming an author which helped me grow as poet.

The Real Switch 

I took the plunge of quitting my job and decided to work full time as a Content Writer in Jan 2020. 

Many of you who are following my blog know that after migrating my blog from Blogspot to WordPress, I used to initially update different themes to get a hang of how each would help the  reader experience.

Facts and Takeaways :

Challenged myself to push boundaries– I love poetry but didn’t venture into full fledged writing all these years. So I challenged myself and took my first Certification in the field of Writing.

Timing was too perfect –Decided to become Freelancer and within a month or so we were faced with the Covid ’19 pandemic. Life is never perfect.  I was dejected but have not given up.

No prior experience as Content Writer– Content writing is an ocean which has gamut of learnings in store. This inspired me to take courses and upskill my knowledge in writing, and yes I am loving it.

It has motivated since then to articulate many articles as posted here.

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A fish in the pond– More people are choosing to become a freelancers in 2020 and why not, it is where you can explore your passion, the creative potpourri.

Coding not my cup of tea– As a blogger for several years, one of major concerns has been handling the tech factor for my blog. So advice is better keep arms wide open to learn the basics so that your journey is less stressful. ( Do you want to hear about it ?)

Past connections– Past connections with readers and writers helped to understand the  nuances of blogging and hence, the freelancing bit didn’t feel like an alien. Many aspects of how we blog, what content we share has changed making it more competitive, challenging to be all rounded creative person.

What will not change:

  • Writing Poetry
  • Engaging with audiences
  • Life as an epicenter – Life being the crux of this whole Blog
  • Sharing experiences, achievements and learnings

Look forward to :

  • More content driven articles and Poems
  • Goal setting for collaborations, open invitations to become guest blogger on IML 
  • Sharing my freelancing journey with you
  • Staying in touch with all followers and visitors, both present and those  who have been with me since I began this journey.

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