The Redback Team
5th January 2016
Presenting Online… Our top 5 tips to keeping online participants engaged!
Engagement is still king
So, you’ve organised your first webinar, you’ve exceeded your own expectations in terms of registrations and you have a presenter who is well experienced in face to face presenting…that’s it, right?
It’s important to know that presenting online is completely different to delivering a face to face presentation. Webinars can be less forgiving than face to face sessions as attendees can exit a webinar whenever they please without being “shamed.”
Here’s my top tips for delivering seamless online presentations and ensuring your next webinar is a hit!
Interact and Engage!
It’s a lot harder to keep people engaged on a webinar. Try using interactive tools to mix it up a little. Whiteboards, polling and interactive Q&A sessions are a great way to get people involved and keep them interested!
Share the load!
A presenter should be responsible for one thing – presenting! Of course, during a live webinar there may be other things to consider such as interacting with the audience and fielding technical questions. Using a facilitator or moderator is a great way to handle this. Plus, it’s sometimes nice to have another voice online!
Visual is key!
PowerPoint presentations are a great tool for hosting webinars. However, it’s important that you keep them interesting and visually appealing. Try adding images, eliminating blocks of text and sticking to one idea or thought per slide. If you are presenting on a text heavy subject, send an extended presentation to your attendees once the webinar is over.
Stick to it!
People will register for your webinar if they like what they see on your invitation. If you state the webinar will be 60 minutes long, chances are your attendees have allocated 60 minutes of their time for you. Sticking to the time limit and agenda is crucial in preventing drop offs.
Fail to plan and plan to fail!
We all know the importance of planning in any event; however, it’s especially important when presenting a webinar. Without adequate planning and rehearsal time you will find it very difficult to implement any other best practices.
I’m sure there are many of you out there who have hosted countless webinars in the past, do you have any other tips that you would like to share?
Until next time…
Gavin Hunt – Online Event Coordinator