Teleseminars and webinars, do you know the difference? Teleseminars are held over the phone and do not require the internet; whereas, webinars are held over the internet. In the case of the latter, your participants may either listen by means of the phone or the computer; however, since webinars usually display video, slides, or a wegpage, your listeners will still need to use their computers to watch what is being presented.
Webinars take more time to plan and arrange because of the visuals. With a teleseminar, however, all you need is your voice and your topic – although it would be wise to create an outline of what you plan to discuss in advance.
Both teleseminars and webinars may include a guest speaker or more. And, with both formats, listeners can ask questions if you, as the host, so wish. Since your purpose in both the teleseminar and webinar is to offer some type of product, whether it is a guest speaker, a book, a CD, a video or a workshop, it is important to present a professional image throughout, including your materials and the delivery of your message.
1. Plan an agenda that is brief, to-the-point and targeted and then stick to it.
2. In order to save time, send out material that is related to your meeting in advance.
3. Email participants a day or two before as a reminder and advise them that before speaking, they should give their name.
4. Practice with your equipment prior to your meeting to ensure it is working properly and to ensure that your volume is at a comfortable listening level.
5. Suggest to participants that they mute their phones when not speaking in order to eliminate as much background noise as possible.
6. Use a landline phone and make sure any other phones in your vicinity are forwarded during your meeting.
7. Have as few people in your room as possible.
8. Record your seminar and offer it on your website so that those you are unable to listen live can take advantage of it at a later date.
9. Keep the talk moving. Pausing for great lengths of time between thoughts or paragraphs is frustrating for your listeners.
10. Treat your audience as if you were having a conversation in your living room. They will appreciate this less formal approach because you will be creating an intimacy with them.
11. If you are unable to answer a question, be honest about it and tell the individual that you will get back to him/her.
12. Do not use foul language. Your audience may be comprised of people of all ages and from all walks of life. They deserve to be respected.
Teleseminars and webinars are a wonderful means of increasing your business quickly; however, it is your job to act and sound like a professional.