|Web-based seminar, a small online learning event in which a presenter and audience members communicate via text, chat rooms or audio about concepts often illustrated via online slides and/or an electronic whiteboard. Webinars are often archived as well for asynchronous learning, and on-demand access. Learning objectives are to be defined whenever the webinar has a training/learning component.It might have limited audience interaction or be more collaborative and include polling sessions to allow full participation between the audience and the presenter. In some cases, the presenter may speak over a standard telephone line, while pointing out information being presented on a screen, and the audience can respond over their own telephones or microphones connected to their computers. To allow a complete communication, there are also web conferencing technologies that have incorporated the use of VoIP (voice over Internet protocol) audio technology. 
Typical features of a web conference include:
Why are webinars important nowadays?
Organizations and companies are using the Internet as a tool to cut costs, increase productivity and communicate effectively with a dispersed audience. Even though face-to-face meetings are recognized to be more effective in terms of building relationships, webinars represent a cost effective solution because they allow delivering real-time visual communication at low cost, reaching a wider audience and digitally archiving for playback.
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|Conducting effective webinars|
When to use webinars?
Webinars should be short and simple. They work best for accomplishing a specific objective for a small group of people over a brief period of time. Consider using a webinar when these conditions occur: • To teach a single procedure, task, policy, principle, process. • For a one-time need, in other words for events that occur just once but do require learning. • For a limited audience.
Typical pitfalls to avoid when hosting a webinar
The challenge: Owing to the fact that you do not see your audience and often they do not see you either, you face a bigger challenge to get and maintain their attention. During live seminars, other factors (your personality, looks, eye content, the room, etc.) could compensate and enhance the value and convincing effect of your presentation but in webinars you do not have these external tools to support you. So what can you do? Develop great content, first of all. Here are some further tips, to avoid the common mistakes people make during webinars.
Step by Step
Tips: - Make sure it is designed to be appealing and it does not make the attendees checking their emails. - The presentation material should be exciting and fast moving. - Create a welcome slide that let’s the attendees know what to expect and include a photo of the speaker to allow people visualizing him/her. - It is really important to include many different visuals and not to have the same visual for an extended length of time, to keep the attention focused. - Avoid slides that are to be shown for a few seconds. - Don’t build a sequence of slides that is reliant on exact synchronization between the slides and speech.
- Show a relevant slide otherwise attendees will be stuck on the slide showing just before the Question & Answer session.
- Ask yourself who can best convey the required information and best inspire learners e.g. Teacher/trainer, Subject-matter expert, Inspirational speaker, Panel of experts…
Communicate this account to the attendees in advance so that they have time to connect with the account.
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