Webinar Tools

No matter what software platform you choose to use to run your webinar, there are some important items to think about in order to ensure your webinar us presented and received in the most professional fashion. These include:

  • Slide presentations (created with PowerPoint or other presentation software)
  • Live video (with webcam or digital video camera)
  • VoIP (Real time¬†audio communication through the computer using headphones and/or speakers)
  • Telephone w/ Bridge Line (this can sometimes be used instead of VoIP, especially with live video)
  • Recording capability (for viewing/sharing at a later time)
  • Whiteboard with notes/editing features (allows the presenter and/or attendees to highlight or mark items on the slide presentation. Or, simply make notes on a blank whiteboard.)
  • Chat (for live question and answer sessions)
  • Polls and surveys (ask questions with multiple choice answers directed to the audience, designed to highlight webinar content)
  • Screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing (where participants can view anything the presenter currently has shown on their screen. Some screen sharing applications allow for remote desktop control, allowing participants to manipulate the presenters screen, although this is not widely used.)

You don’t necessarily have to incorporate every tool listed above, as they might not all be vital to your webinar’s presentation style, but they are all important to consider.

Webinar Software/Applications

Some of the most popular webinar service providers include:

  1. WebEx
  2. GotoMeeting | GotoWebinar
  3. Fuze Meeting
  4. Adobe Connect
  5. MeetingBurner
  6. Google+ Hangouts

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