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Presentation with Ross Callender at Southwest Days Workshops, September 10, 2010

Presentation with Ross Callender at Southwest Days Workshops, September 10, 2010

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  • Introductions
  • attending a webinar – tips on getting more Presenting a webinar and tips – how to do them well Doing this through Adobe Connect – we’ll show you features and how you’ll make for a more successful webinar Ross – what we’ll cover MB - discussion-like – we can all learn from each other – constantly learning from others on this
  • How many have taken a webinar? Try to help you avoid webinar hell – how many have experienced boredom, what was happening in webinars that were engaging Is this because of you, or, the webinar/presenter What were the things that were happening when you were engaged? How to have an interaction like this online – hands raised; green check, red X; chat brainstorm, poll
  • Note that this is a learner directed environment
  • Ross –notice direct correlation between webinars where he multitasked and what he took away
  • What are your own tips for staying focused?
  • Twitter
  • Open for discussion – what have been some of your experiences – what have you noticed when it was a terrible webinar experience Tips on chat brainstorm – bring in questions – make people feel like they are participating, acknowledged, good for auditory learners Say the person’s name when you do this Transition to presenting – this brings us to products out there and how the features vary
  • Lots of products with lots of different features and price plans- at least 25 different companies, probably many more Pricing from Free - $10,000 per year Points to consider: What is your use? Meetings or Webinars – Different Features Audio – VoiP or Phone (phone usually cost extra) example of 2 hour meeting cost almost $200 for phone usage Video ??? Number of Attendees Add in poll feature of Connect
  • Webjunction – Table listing about 7 different products, highlights features, prices, August 2009 Council – 13 page document, detailed analysis of criteria and list their Top Ten choice
  • Spend several hours playing with software before even attempting to host meeting/webinar. PC, MAC, Linux Learn the technology so it can be in the background Spent days learning it at the beginning because I am producer for the State Library Do a run through or two with your presenter before actual Webinar. – test with the equipment you’ll be using Day of – 30 minutes before hand, double check everything.
  • Always have one or two people on hand to deal with unexpected tech problems. Tech Support Cheat Sheet – includes troubleshooting links, tips, ongoing additions. – interject on EPA story – this is why you want to test your technology in advance
  • Goal for Webinar – Share goal with audience
  • Use pictures to tell your story. People are VISUAL LEARNERS One topic per slide. If you have to use bullet points only 1-2 per slide
  • basic tenets – simple, power of your oral presentation shouldn’t be underestimated
  • redundancy effect
  • Hand out a document!
  • Attendee interaction every 2-3 slides Visual stimulation every 30-90 seconds Less than 2 minutes per slide Different voices coming in (add to F2F vs online) Ask audience how they would interact online – as a presenter, how would you do this?
  • Test out all the technology, invest in a good headset, turn off all your email alerts, phone, shut your door, Practice, Practice, Practice. To present like a pro - you must know your material backward and forward. Remain positive and don't get flustered if technology is not working. Inject some humor. Make the audience feel comfortable that things are under control.
  • You need to have a back up plan. What happens if the speaker can’t make it?  Or the power goes out, server goes down … Who will act as the back up to an in-house role? How do you notify participants if the network fails?  Back up computer? Something that’s come up in the middle of a session – presenter mic doesn’t work and other one needs to cover! How facilitator’s guide can help with this
  • Facilitator and tech person want to plan on getting into the webinar 30 minutes in advance. Check out the software one last time. The tech person is available to help with any problems either the participants or the speaker. Kind of like a temporary help desk.

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