Thursday, June 4, 2015

What Are Webinars?

Webinars provide an opportunity for a wider audience to be reached in comparison to a conventional seminar.

This is good news if you work for a company that has offices scattered across the state or the country or even if you have work colleagues that are presently working in other geographic locations throughout the world.

Businesses can then train their employees as well as to find ways to encourage them to work as a team even though they are not all gathered under the same roof.

All employees of a given company can be informed of the date and time for the webinar. This can help boast moral within a company as nobody gets left out of the presentation conducted by way of the Internet and phone.

The Usefulness of a Webinar

The presenter and participants can put their heads together and collaborate. They can also share questions and answers and interact in such a way that the goals of the webinar are all met. Webinars can also include the sharing of documents, plenty of discussions and live polls.

Those who attend are not just passive participants of the webinar but are instead active participants who are learning but also using their own knowledge to educate others.

Some webinars take the form of courses that are offered over a number of weeks. Different lectures and/or modules are uploaded on various days. Those who have registered to take the course are given a week to process the information that is provided before the next phase of the webinar gets underway. 

Finding an Appropriate Webinar

Not everyone wants to host a webinar and that is perfectly fine. One option is to attend a webinar that you have found out about. If you are the head of a company you might want to take the time to find a webinar that would be beneficial to your employees. Some webinars are free to attend while others charge a small fee.

Sometimes locating a webinar that is appropriate for you and/or your employees is not as easy as it might at first seem. If you are frequently being sent invitations to attend webinars then bide your time as you wait for the provider in question to broadcast an upcoming online seminar.

Another excellent venue to help you locate future webinars is trade magazines. Of course since webinars are a product of the web, you will want to check relevant websites. In particular, check technology based websites and university websites.

Before you register for a webinar, whether it be free or not, make sure that you find out all you can about the presenter.

What are his credentials? 

Why is he qualified to present on this particular topic?

It is always important that you take the time to decide if a webinar in question would be a worthwhile investment in your time or not. As well you have to consider if there is information to be gleaned from it that you are currently not in possession of.

You don't need to sign up for a webinar that just rehashes information that you already are well versed in.

Some people question whether or not webinars are actually as effective as face-to-face traditionally held seminars. It is arguable that the element of human interaction is somewhat removed from a webinar but on the other hand, the discussion group can facilitate a greater level of communication.

The fact that the discussion boards can be viewed and reviewed online at any time means that information is always accessible. That is good news for everyone!

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