Webinars that don't suck.

#edtech #edchat #elearning Webinars are starting to get a bad name – and to be honest, I can understand why. I, like you, have had to sit through some pretty bad webinars. You know the ones; boring, uninteresting, slow, etc. Which is why when Atomic Learning recently contacted me about putting together a new webinar for administrators about tech integration, I jumped at the chance. I want to figure out the right way to do webinars.

As you can see from the workshops on this website, I like to talk about tech integration – so I have a lot of material I could use. But the big question is how do I make a great webinar? I’ll talk about that as we review why webinars suck…

Boring Presenter: Being a webinar presenter is tough. Normally presenters can connect with their audience by the visual cues they see when they are standing in front of them, but with a webinar, the presenter doesn’t see anyone. I remember the first webinar I gave – that part freaked me out. I would tell stories that I thought were funny but the only feedback I got was just the screen flickering in front of me. So a presenter has got to be dynamic in how they present. I usually put on a wireless mic and stand up when I do a webinar so it gets me to be more pronounced in what I say.

Uninteresting: Since the only things a webinar presenter has going for himself is the slides and his voice – he had better have the most amazing slides he can find.  Your slides should be big, professional images that back up everything that is said. Your slides should be so good that your participants are sucked in, instead of just minimizing you as they go back to Facebook and their email.

Slow: Most participants have better things to do than to hear you ramble on about something. Respect their time by being fast-paced and engaging. Throw a ton of info at them, so that they are scrambling to keep notes. They can always review the show notes for URLs and other things that are referenced in your webinar.

So now that I have slammed on webinars, it is time for me to step up and do something about it. I have been working on mine for Atomic Learning, even though it is not until the end of March. I’ll keep you posted.

What is the worst webinar you’ve attended?

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