Have you ever thought about presenting a webinar? Do you have some ideas or successes you think would be interesting to others? Want to add some new tech skills to your resume? Or just would like to give it a try?
Make presenting a webinar one of your 2019 New Year’s resolutions!
Presenting online has become a 21st century skill. Whether you are teaching online or giving a workshop, familiarity with online conferencing systems is useful. Common platforms are Skype, Zoom, join.me, Adobe Connect and Big Blue Button.
Here are some useful steps to help you get started:
Step 1: Write down your ideas. Create a slideshow. Make sure your slides are not too text heavy and include images.
Step 2: Check your equipment. Do you have access to a laptop? Headset with a mic? High speed internet?
Step 4: Do a run through with your moderator to check your equipment, get feedback on your slides and play around with some of the tools like the polling feature.
Step 5: Deliver your first webinar! It’s that easy! Add it to your resume and start planning the next one to build on the skills you have gained.
are some tips from TCET’s Susan Webb, taken from her Tech Know session at TESL
TIP #1: Clean Slide Formatting for Text: Use a sans-serif font for main text –easy to read.
Tip #2: Design Information Wisely: Less Text, More Graphics
TIP #3: Organization & Structure: Start with an agenda and end with a summary.
TIP #4: Smooth Delivery: Speak at moderate pace, limit “fillers”
TIP #5: Use Features & Activities likes Polls and Multi-User Whiteboards!
Interested in learning more about the tech tools you can use to make your session more interactive? Check out the Tutela Webinar “Ever Wonder about Webinars” by the webinar queen Jen Artan. See you online!
If you have presented a webinar through Tutela or TESL ON, please share your experience and know-how in the response section.
Diane Ramanathan has been a LINC Home Study instructor with The Centre for Education and Training since Feb 2014. She is also a part-time professor for the TESL program at Algonquin College.