Teleseminars are seminars that take place over a bridgeline or teleconference, thus making them less expensive than traditional seminars because travel is not required. They are similar to a conference call in that they are conducted by way of the telephone.
This explains the "tele" aspect of the word.
Teleseminars provide a way to educate, inform, train, promote and sell products and services to those interested in a particular niche. For the person or people who offer the teleseminar, it is a way to prove their credibility in a given area by putting themselves in the position of an expert in the field. It is also an excellent way to get the word out about their products and to increase their sales base.
Also sometimes referred to as teleconferences, telecalls or teleclinics, this form of communication allows for interaction from many parties in a vocal manner. This means that questions can be asked and answered and there is no waiting time in between. For many people this is a key point of a teleseminar.
Teleseminars are a very modern and advanced way to communicate with an audience and conduct business without needing to spend money needlessly. The individual who hosts the teleseminar will need to schedule the date and time for the teleseminar to take place, much in the same way that a business meeting or appointment is scheduled in advance.
They must have a specific purpose in mind in order to be successful. For example, many teleseminars are undertaken in order to solve a problem or to educate those in attendance. Without a purposes as well as structure, the teleseminar is not likely to succeed in doing what it is meant to do.
The amount of people that will make up the audience can vary. There are large scale teleseminars and smaller scale ones. There can be as few as three or four people and as many as 1,000. The size of the audience depends upon how popular the subject matter is and the capability of the bridgeline.
How Does a Teleseminar Work?
When the time comes for the teleseminar, everyone involved will phone into the bridgeline. This line makes it possible for everyone to be privy to what everyone else is saying. Think three-way calling only bigger.
There are some teleconferencing services that make it such that the moderator has the ability to mute calls or not, based on his own discretion. If a call is put on mute then this means that only the moderator has the ability to speak. On the other hand, if a call is not muted then everyone involved in the teleseminar has the ability to speak and know that they will be heard.
Teleseminars can be long or short in their duration. Some can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes while others can stretch out as long as six hours. It all depends upon what needs to be covered during the teleconference call.
The conference calls are often recorded to be listened to at a later date. Often a transcript of the call is created which also may come in handy later on.