Webinars: Bored out of your Gourd?
If you’ve attended webinars or web meetings, chances are you had a hard time paying attention. It is my opinion that the responsibility for holding attendee’s attention falls solely with the presenter.
If you find yourself in the position of having to conduct virtual communications, here are a few tips to help keep your audience on track and engaged in your presentation.
- Set guidelines for focused participation. A few ground rules go a long way in managing the expectations of your virtual audience.
- Quit “um-ing” and “ah-ing”. Instead of using these distracting non-words, pause.
- Build in time for interaction. Plan on reaching out to your attendees using the tools available in your online meeting software including polls, chat, emoticons and the whiteboard.