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Webinar Another Name for Web Meeting
By Jaclyn Allard, TMCnet Web Editor
How does one define the term “Web Meeting”? As TMC’s (News - Alert) Rajani Baburajan reported in a recent article, “Web meeting” is the buzzword for businesses in 2011, and essential to business productivity down the line, with video and Web conferencing emerging as the “main technologies” of the decade. Wikipedia puts it more simply as a method of conducting live meetings, training, or presentations via the Internet. Here at TMC we call our frequent Web meetings, “webinars.”
A webinar is conducted one of two ways. First off, there may be a speaker who provides one-way communication to an audience, allowing limited audience interaction. Or, you can make the webinar collaborative, which can include such things as polling, as well as question and answer sessions.
Your Web meeting or webinar could be a success, just remember to keep it fresh sounding. Just imagine yourself as an entertainer putting on a show, just via the Web rather than the stage. You need to consciously add enthusiasm to your presentation so that it has the same vibrancy as the first time, every time. Don’t worry your audience is there looking forward to getting value from you. Remind yourself of what they are going to get out of it.
As TMC’s David Sims wrote in an article focused on holding successful Web meetings, Several dynamics come into play that can impact the effectiveness of the average conference call – and either keep it average, or send it above or below average.
You have to ask yourself, have you ever tuned out or multitasked during a conference call? Now, if you were hosting the meeting, were your attendees actively participating and listening to you, or were they focused on instant messaging, Web surfing or a myriad of other desktop distractions? And at the end of the meeting, did you accomplish what you wanted with each of your participants?
To get a taste of what the webinar is all about see the video below. You may rethink the way you conduct Web meetings.
Jaclyn Allard is a TMCnet copy editor. She most recently worked on the production team at Juran Institute, a quality consulting firm producing its own training and marketing materials. Previously, she interned at Curbstone Press, a nonprofit publishing press in Willimantic, CT, and fulfilled the role of Editor-in-Chief for the literature and arts journal published by the University of Connecticut. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Jaclyn Allard