said 1 year, 1 month ago:
I’m a little late to this party, but I have some ideas to share.
I’ve been using webinars for about 18 months, and started doing them frequently about 8 months back. Before then, I was doing webinars for other organizations. They handled the setup, registration, etc. I just had to show up and talk!
I made a list of the ideal requirements for how I wanted my webinars to work. I’ve attended a lot, so I had a good idea of what was possible. My dream list of features included having a recording available. I found that greatly limited my options in services.I looked at other ways around it (like having someone else record it) and in the end, decided to go with a service that includes recording as an option.
If you want to start doing webinars, start attending a lot of webinars. You will quickly learn what you like and don’t like and collect some great ideas.
My first webinars would take me days to prepare the slides and content. Then I would practice them 4-5 times until I felt comfortable. I can go from idea to webinar slides ready to present in much less time now, but only because I invested so much time up front learning the craft of webinars. Learning how to create and present information online is a skill set, and it takes practice. Don’t let that stop you, but do make a commitment to do your best job and invest the time necessary to put on a good show.
It took me about 6 times before I felt I had the mechanics (running the show) down while doing the show. And today, my most important job is doing the show. If that means I miss seeing someone ask a question along the way, I’m okay with that. I tell people up front that if I miss their question along the way, I’ll get it at the end, so they don’t feel I’ve ignored them.
Webinars are like every other business skill. Done well, you can really build your business from it. So if you are interested in doing them, jump it! Get started!! You will improve over time, and it will get easier.