7 Ways To Host A Successful Webinar
Does hosting a webinar freak you out? It doesn't have to. I know the first time I did a webinar, I had 93 people signed up for it and even though I knew not every single person would show up live, I was still very nervous. I mean, the recording was still going to go out to the 93 people. And honestly, I think that is a lot of people to present to on your first ever webinar. Ok, it could be 5 or 1,000 but it is normal to be nervous. You will probably mess up, you will probably have technology issues, your dog will start barking in the background while you are talking, etc. But that is all OK! It shows that not everything or everyone is perfect.
The only thing you can do is do your best. Once you have a couple of webinars under your belt, you will feel more confident and things will go more smoothly.
Today, there are various types of technology available to us to host your webinar. It is easy to get overwhelmed with choosing which one you should use. I suggest asking for recommendations from colleagues you know have run webinars before and go with one of them. You don't have use that platform forever, nothing is set in stone. What matters is that you HOST A WEBINAR.
It is best to always have a team member or colleague on the webinar with you for a number of reasons.
Tech SupportThis is important if you’re not experienced with webinars. There are Virtual Assistants who can help you with setting up your webinar. These knowledgeable Virtual Assistants can help you with your audience and with any technical issues that may arise.
Guest SpeakersIf you have guest speakers, then some of the pressure is off your back for creating all of the webinar content. Choose guests who are knowledgeable and who market to your audience.
Webinar OrganizerThere are Virtual Assistants who offer Webinar Organization as a service. They set up webinars, including the technology and sales pages. A Webinar Organizer will even track your webinar live during the event. They will do everything they can to ensure everything goes off without a hitch.
Customer Service Support/Chat MonitorHaving a Customer Service/Chat Monitor is very important to a successful webinar. If you don’t hire anyone else to help, you will want to hire a Customer Service Rep/Chat Monitor. They sign on as if they’re a guest, and see exactly what the guests see. They can alert you to anything that is going wrong (or right). Having Webinar Support Personnel is so important to a successful webinar. If you don’t hire anyone else to help, you will want to hire a Chat Monitor. They sign on as if they’re a guest, and see exactly what the guests see. They can alert you to anything that is going wrong (or right).
Co-HostThe great thing about having a co-host is that you can feel as if you have some support, if only moral. They don’t even have to say anything, but they can take part by helping introduce you to the audience and track of the chat.
Webinar Support ProHire someone who knows the technology you have chosen to use. They also need to understand how a webinar should progress. They can help you with all aspects of setting up your webinar - from sign-ups to follow up.
Miscellaneous Assistants You may want assistants who help in a variety of ways. Assistants will ensure that prize winners get their prizes. They will also make sure that any lingering live questions have answers within 24 hours of the event. A good assistant can help you with autoresponders and more.
You can host webinars without any help, but you’ll find that you’ll be more successful if you get help where you need it. It's helpful to have someone available to help out if something goes wrong. It can be stressful and time-consuming to have to deal with it on your own. Having Webinar Support Personnel will be very helpful, if only for moral support.
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