So, if you are shy like me, the prospect of facing thousands of people on my laptop, phone, and the myriad of other devices is a very daunting one. So I usually keep my face hidden, but my voice active. But, all you very handsome and beautiful people should be very proud to show your lovely faces for the Vocal Webinar. I mean, here is the chance to voice all your grievances and meet the wonderful folks behind the Iron Curtain of the Vocal Kingdom.
I am by no means an expert on the ins and outs, dos and don'ts of a live webinar. I do know a little bit since I have had the opportunity to participate in a few. I am doing a recap of webinars and though that I would post a few of the videos that I am looking at.
What is a Webinar?
How to attend a Webinar is a chance to learn a few steps on preparing to participate in an online session.
I must confess that I was terrified the first few time that I was required to participate in a zoom/webinar meeting. Actually, I am still terrified at the thought, but I can now navigate a bit around the screen.
Some people are naturally adept at online shenanigans, I am online challenged, so I have to learn through a series of trials and errors. Luckily I have the option to turn off my camera or mute my sounds so my weird background noises are not audible to everyone listening.
Etymology of the webinar
The term "webinar" is a portmanteau of web and seminar, meaning a presentation, lecture, or workshop that is transmitted over the web.
The term "webcast" derives from its original similarity to a radio or television broadcast for the transmission and consumption of streaming audio and video via the World Wide Web. Over time, webcast software vendors have added many of the same functional capabilities found in webinar software, blurring the distinction between the two terms. Webcasts are now likely to allow audience response to polls, text communication with presenters or other audience members, and other two-way communications that complement the consumption of the streamed audio/video content. (Wiki)
Other typical features of a web conference include:
Slideshow presentations - where images are presented to the audience and markup tools and a remote mouse pointer are used to engage the audience while the presenter discusses slide content.
Live or streaming video - where full-motion webcam, digital video camera or multi-media files are pushed to the audience.
VoIP - Real-time audio communication through the computer via use of headphones and speakers.
Web tours - where URLs, data from forms, cookies, scripts and session data can be pushed to other participants enabling them to be pushed through web-based logons, clicks, etc. This type of feature works well when demonstrating websites where users themselves can also participate.
Meeting recording - where presentation activity is recorded on the client side or server side for later viewing and/or distribution.
Whiteboarding with annotation (allowing the presenter and/or attendees to highlight or mark items on the slide presentation. Or, simply make notes on a blank whiteboard.)
Text chat - For live question and answer sessions, limited to the people connected to the meeting. Text chat may be public (echoed to all participants) or private (between two participants).
Polls and surveys (allows the presenter to conduct questions with multiple choice answers directed to the audience)
Screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing (where participants can view anything the presenter currently has shown on their screen. Some screen sharing applications allow for remote desktop control, allowing participants to manipulate the presenters screen, although this is not widely used.)
So, now we all kind of know what a webinar entails, I hope a lot more people will sign up for the meeting.
I know that you are all sophisticated and well rounded in the online world of Zooms, Webinars and such the likes. But if you are like me, and you still feel a bit daunted by the prospect. I hope that I have been of a little bit of assistance in easing your fears about a webinar.
I may be a bit presumptuous in thinking that anyone needs my help in this endeavor. But if you do....yeah!!! let us get to meeting with the Vocal folks.
One last video
The difference between a Zoom meeting and a Webinar