Would you like to boost your professional skills or simply learn something interesting and innovative from the real-world experts? If you do, attending a webinar is your best choice.
A webinar is a seminar held on the Internet. It can be delivered in any format: as a conference, a lecture, a presentation, etc. How to participate in a webinar? It is easy: you can connect to an event from virtually any place in the world (with the Internet access, of course).
Here are some useful tips which should help you get the most out of your webinar experience.
What do I need to participate in a webinar?
You will need an electronic device such as a computer, a tablet or a smartphone with the Internet access.
You should pay special attention to your Internet connection. Because webinars are live events, your connection speed is going to influence how well you see and hear a webinar presenter (meaning, how well you can understand the information being presented). We recommend you to use the Internet connection of no less than 512 Kb/s.
In order to reduce the chances of failures or freezes during the online seminars, we advise you not to download any files for the time of an event. We also recommend you to close all applications that could influence the connection speed, such as Skype, torrent downloads, etc.
How do I join a webinar?
5-10 minutes before the webinar starts, follow the link you have received from the webinar organizer.
Once you click the link, an authorization window will open in a browser tab. You need to fill in all the fields marked with an asterisk. Other fields that do not contain an asterisk can be filled in at your own discretion.
Enter your name in the Display name field. Put your e-mail address in the E-mail field. Type the password you received from a presenter into the Room password field.
After filling in all the required data, press Login. You may also join a webinar via social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc. To do so, press the corresponding button. A specialized service, Social Entrance Authorization, will then request access to your account. After logging into the webinar, you can deny access to the service.
Joining Webinars via Mobile App
To participate in a webinar from your mobile device, open the webinar link in the mobile web browser. We recommend using the following browsers Google Chrome or Puffin.
In a pop-up window, type in the link you have received from the webinar organizers. After you open the link, fill in your credentials.
After logging into the webinar, you become a full-fledged member of the event.
In the left part of the window you will see two buttons – Ask question and Ask to speak. The first button allows for sending a personal message to the presenter. Press the Ask to Speak button only in case you would like to go on air.
To the right, you will see a chat field where you can communicate with the presenter and other webinar participants. In the center, the presentation and other documents included by the webinar organizer are displayed. You will also see the list of all webinar attendees to the very right of the window.
Note: during webinars, you are expected to respect the presenter and other attendees. Otherwise, the webinar organizers can kick you off the room.
What Should I Do if I Encounter Technical Problems?
If a connection with webinar is lost and your video and audio are frozen, enter the webinar room once again. To do so, update your browser tab and enter your credentials once again.
If you fail to enter the webinar room, do not hear the presenter or have other technical difficulties, undergo the system check.
Make sure you see and hear yourself well. Also, note that the Checking Ports tab should contain only “open” for all lines.
How to Behave During a Webinar: Ultimate Tips
A webinar is just as important as any other educational or career event in your life. You need to realize it before we can even start with our behavior management tips. Ask yourself: what will you get after participating in a particular webinar? Only after obtaining this awareness will your participation bring feasible results. Here are the three rules of a successful webinar behavior:
That’s an obvious tip, but how many of you follow it on a regular basis? Staying focused drains energy, so, it’s only human to seek distractions. Do not beat yourself over it. Rather try to eliminate all the possible temptations beforehand, so that even if you want to, you cannot access Facebook, Gmail, Snapchat, etc. during a webinar.
If you watch it on a PC, you can download a browser extension such as WasteNoTime (the name speaks for itself) to block certain sites. For tablets and phones, you can find many blocking apps on the App Store and Google Play. Close all tabs in your browser, leave only a webinar tab open. Imagine you are in a classroom, and the teacher is watching your every move.
The big advantage of a webinar is that you can stay invisible. It doesn’t mean, however, that you should never reveal your presence.
Do not be afraid to speak up when you have a question. Statistically speaking, if you have this question, most likely somebody in the audience has it too. Thus, by asking it, you are not only helping yourself, but also your fellow co-participants. Moreover, questions help the presenter get a better understanding of the audience and their needs.
If you didn’t get the reply, do not be shy and send a personal e-mail to the webinar organizer. Your question is usually not addressed due to a mere volume, not a deliberate neglect. Discuss it with the webinar co-participants if you can. They can offer some valuable insights into the matter. Show respect for their opinions even if they differ from yours.
By engaging, you not only get a deeper understanding of the presented material. You also get a chance to make useful professional connections which can later land you an interview or even a job. No wonder companies organize webinars so often – it helps them not only train their employees, but also find new talent.
Take notes. Of course, you must not transcribe the whole presentation – it will be highly detrimental to your understanding. But writing down key points will help your knowledge stick in your brain rather than evaporate in a couple hours after listening.
There are various note-taking techniques, including outlining and a Cornell method. I personally prefer the latter, as it allows me to write down my questions as I go. “Why can’t I just use Evernote for this purpose?” – You may ask, and the answer is in time.
When you are writing, you are forced to digest information as you cannot physically put down all of it. When you are typing, you are less limited by the factor of time, so, you are tempted to just transcribe the webinar content, which makes your learning highly ineffective. So, take written notes of the most critical concepts, and you will get the most benefit out of a webinar.
Hopefully, now you are ready to participate in any webinar and learn it all! If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact our support team.