So if you’re ready to host your first webinar as stress-free and easily as possible, this post is for you.
When Webinar Mistakes Happen: What You Can Do About Them
Nobody wants their first webinar to be a flop.
Tech issues, crazy glitches, and the embarrassment of not knowing how to fix these things are common issues when you are totally new to webinars. This section will cover common webinar blunders plus some tips for working out all the kinks to help your first webinar run smoothly.
Running out of things to say/tripping over your words.
All it takes it one verbal mess up. Suddenly, your tongue turns into rubber, and you start to panic!
How do you keep this from happening to you mid-webinar?
- Write a basic outline or script.
If you speak best with a structured plan, then you may want to put together a script or rough outline of what you’re going to say ahead of time. It doesn’t have to be complicated or down to the exact words (you don’t want to sound flat and robotic,) but you can use a rough outline or script as a safety net if you get lost.
- Let your speech flow organically if that’s your style.
If you operate better on the fly, then don’t pressure yourself to write a script. This may seem in conflict with the previous tip, but only you know how you speak the best. If you need structure, great! But if writing a script feels like a limitation, feel free to wing it.
- Warm up your voice ahead of time.
Vocal exercises aren’t just for singers. Professional speakers often use vocal exercises to get their voices warmed up before a presentation. You may feel silly doing them, but it will help train and warm up your speaking voice. There are several resources on specific techniques. Google “vocal exercises for speakers” and you can pick which ones work for you.
Tech glitches, and what to do about them.
When you’re relying on technology, there will be times it acts up.
It may seem like the death of your webinar when this happens, but people are actually very understanding of this kind of thing. So if a hiccup happens mid-webinar, don’t sweat it. Here are some tips to make technical issues less likely to happen.
- Make sure you have a reliable internet connection.
Know the limits of your current provider and plan your webinar accordingly. Zoom has a very detailed page on what kind of internet speed, and computer you need to handle a webinar. You can look over the specs here for you and your attendees. When in doubt, connect your computer to your internet directly with an ethernet cable if possible. You’ll get the most reliable connection that way.
- Don’t freak out.
Keep calm and collected even when things are on the fritz. If all else fails, you can always stop the webinar and reschedule with a bonus freebie thrown in.
- Bring on some tech help if you can.
If you have a team member or friend who’s willing to offer help behind the scenes, then it will be a huge weight off your shoulders. Even if it’s just someone behind the scenes to communicate in the comments with your attendees by reminding them to refresh or switch to a different browser if issues pop up.
- Have a backup plan.
If you have another computer at your expense, keep it close by. That way if you’re computer is going crazy you can simply pick up where you left off with a backup laptop.
- Practice, practice, practice.
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