While working on an upcoming live panel discussion, I was faced with a dilemma—what do we do if we're all remote? Here are 10 top tips for presenting a webinar remotely.
Let me start by saying this blog post isn’t the scene from the TV show Friends:
It’s about small things you can do as a marketer when dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Let’s face it, we’ve never faced anything like this before. This past week I’ve received lots of emails with what companies are doing to clean, work remotely, etc. and this blog post isn’t about that.
It’s about Plan B. When your original plan gets derailed what do you do?
I’ve been working with our OpenEdge team to plan out a live panel discussion next month around our upcoming release that’s currently scheduled for April 8, 2020, and with the strong encouragement by Progress’ executive team we are primarily all working at home. I was faced with a dilemma—what do we do if we are not back and able to have a live panel discussion with people in the office?
Here’s where the pivot comes in. I came up with a Plan B quickly last week. Not a problem, I said to myself, I’ll just move to webcams and headsets for the discussion. After subjecting my co-workers to a test (it was a half hour filled with lots of laughs!) I decided I could make this work. I would make it work, but as part of Plan B I needed to think fast and come up with tips for people who normally don’t present on a webinar via webcam.
With the help of our webinar technical expert John Fremer, here are 10 tips to help make your presentations via webcam flawless (or so I hope).
Know how to turn on your webcam and make sure you’re comfortable muting and unmuting your microphone. Nobody will ever know your dog started barking or your kids started screaming and really, let’s be honest, no one wants to hear your toilet flush (seriously, I had this happen on a webinar in a former life) if you mute. Be very careful of your mute and make sure your mute is on if you need to make noise. Always verify your mute is on before saying anything you wouldn’t want out there.
Some of these may seem like no-brainers but we all need a reminder from time to time. I hope these tips are helpful—and if you want to see how it goes for our team, tune in on April 8, 2020 as the OpenEdge team delivers a panel webinar remotely. See you there!! Or maybe on a webcam chat soon!
Susan Koutalakis has more than a decade of marketing, public relations agency and corporate communications experience, specifically in building and executing public relations, analyst relations, social media, product launches, webinar, customer reference and online marketing programs. Previously, she’s worked for both emerging and established companies with a focus on areas such as application development, mobile, interactive and social media, SaaS, marketing, and eCommerce technologies.
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