How to lead a Webinar?

The importance of online activities grows larger every day. Not only do we use social media, write e-mails, and get our entertainment online, but there is also a necessity to work and study remotely.

Due to these needs, there is a greater and greater demand for hosting online seminars, known as webinars. If you are a complete beginner when it comes to webinars, here is a guide made especially for you!

The basics of making a webinar happen

To host a webinar, first of all, you have to settle on the most reliable webinar software and make sure you have the right equipment. That means: a microphone, a camera, a strong internet connection, and a device on which you can launch the proper software (it can be, for example, a personal computer, a laptop, or a mobile phone). Make sure that every part of your equipment is reliable and of quality. Some devices have a built-in camera and microphone, but not always it can be considered of high quality.

Webinar software should have plenty of useful features, such as polls, whiteboards, screen sharing, a space for your own presentation, and so on. Not only should those features be present, but also you have to know them like the back of your hand – you have to know how to use them without hesitation during the webinar.

When you are ready with learning how to manage your new software and equipment, it is time to plan all of the steps of performing a webinar you want to host.

Keep your content interesting

Make sure that you have done everything to make your content interesting. The same information can be put in many different ways. The goal of a webinar speaker is to put the needed information in the most attractive way possible – so that the participants not only understand the concept (which is, of course, the most important thing) but also have their imagination stimulated. You can later use their creativity by asking questions and engaging them in the conversation. Be passionate about the subject and pass this passion onto others.

Make sure to keep the dialogue going

When explaining things, even the best speaker can sometimes get ahead of oneself and keep talking, eventually making a webinar into a lecture. Keep in mind that a webinar should be full of interactions between participants and the host. Ask questions during your presentation to engage your audience. Even the simplest ones that you are certain everyone knows the answer to. Make sure that everyone has their microphones working though!

The importance of disciplined creativity

Plan your webinar with creativity and discipline. There can be a lot of different ways to pass on your knowledge, but you do not want to come off as chaotic. That would be considered unprofessional. What is also important, is to be in control of your participants. Do not let the participants push you around. You want to grant them the time to speak, but on your own terms. Be strict when it comes to time. You should be able to carry out all the things you wanted to accomplish.

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