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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.
Use Breakout Groups
Some webinar platforms allow the host to send participants into breakout groups, in which they can hear the other people in their group but not the participants in other breakout groups. This can be useful when you want people to work as a team, or come up with a solution together, which can ultimately be shared by the larger group.
When employing breakout groups, make sure you provide enough time for participants to talk to each other. With too little time, not all members will be able to talk, while too much time may make participants inattentive or bored. Plan on dropping in on the breakout groups to ensure they are on track, and to see if they need help or clarification. In addition, allow time to debrief when participants return to the large group.