Clinical medical education planners and consultants must often work with presenters who are not familiar with using interactive techniques in webinars. Because the traditional way of delivering content involves presenting a lecture accompanied by slides, these presenters all too frequently translate this same technique into the webinar format, where it is even less effective. Here are a few tips for encouraging presenters to try interactivity:

• Apply the principles outlined in this article, beginning with the Start Small section. Let the faculty know you may be receiving questions via chat, and you hope to insert them into the conversation.

• Ask the faculty if there is any form of participation he or she would feel comfortable with. Cases are commonly used as teaching tools, and can be adapted to use the polling feature, guided by the suggestions above.

• Practice the webinar at least once in advance, to help the faculty become familiar with your platform and its features. Give them a little time to play around so it seems less threatening.