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Webinars have become ubiquitous due to their cost-effectiveness and time-efficiency. But all too often webinar attendees have a hard time staying focused on the online training. Here are some tips on how to create webinars that will keep attendees focused on learning, not on checking their e-mail.
Create a Dialogue
Use your attendees’ wealth of knowledge in their field of expertise as much as possible during your presentation. Getting them to assist in teaching the content enhances everyone’s learning, and enriches the experience for all.
In addition, present the content through dialogue as much as possible. Recruit a partner to foster discussion, and address questions as they are asked to break up the single-voice monotony. Consider presenting your information as an interview, in which the facilitator poses questions that elicit the presenter’s important points. The facilitator can also provide color commentary, calling attention to main points, and adding information or reinforcement.
While this dialogue is not, strictly speaking, interaction on the part of the participants, it does make the presentation more engaging and interesting. It also frees the presenter to teach, because the facilitator is handling all the technical details of the webinar, such as monitoring chats, launching polls, muting and unmuting, and so on.