You have important information or essential skills and you can’t wait to share them with your team. You've booked the time and created the webinar and it's almost time to share your knowledge. However, the fear of bored participants hangs over your enthusiasm. So, how can you make your next webinar staff training session engaging for everyone?
1. Test your equipment
Before your webinar even begins, there are several things you should do. First, be sure to test all your presentation equipment. There's no faster way to lose your audience than stopping during a session due to technical malfunctions. Check that your hardware is running smoothly and make certain that any software you're using is active and ready to go.
2. Practice makes perfect
It's advisable to do a test training session before the live event. Using a real subject, conduct the entire session to make sure everything runs smoothly and there are no glitches. This will also give you an opportunity to gather live feedback from a “student”. Your test trainee can point out which areas felt engaging and which need more work.
3. Prepare your trainees
Make sure that all attendees are familiar with your training platform. When in doubt, include clear instructions in your webinar invite. Follow up by resending these instructions the day of the training.
Additionally, make sure to send out all training materials in advance of the webinar. Encourage attendees to familiarise themselves with the material before the session in order to minimise the distraction of them flipping through pages during the training.
4. Keep things interesting
Once the session starts, there are still things you can and should do to keep the focus. To begin, make full use of the interactive abilities of your webinar platform software. For example, if the program allows you to create interactive worksheets or games, use those. Try surveys and quizzes. Add video clips from outside sources if appropriate. Whatever you do, make sure that your content is varied so that boredom doesn’t set in.
Also, it is essential to give plenty of opportunities throughout the training for students to give live feedback or ask questions. The more your trainees are able to interact throughout the session, the more focus they are likely to have.
5. Follow up
Finally, with any luck, this won’t be your only webinar training opportunity. Make sure that future training sessions are just as successful by recording the session and examining it for self-reflection. Note what went well and what you would change. Don’t forget to invite feedback from the attendees as well.