Zoom has taken over our communication and we have all seen a webinar gone wrong. Avoid these mishaps, by following the guidelines below:
- Find a quiet place- This is harder for some because of children or pets in the home. Don’t underestimate your closet if there’s a light. Someplace where you can shut the door is optimal.
- Let everyone in the house know you will be participating or leading an important presentation.
- Turn off other applications during webinar or meeting- Make sure your computer power is focused on the task at hand.
- Restart your computer 2 hours before the webinar to ensure that there will not be any auto updates during the webinar. Pause any alerts.
- Use a wired connection- plug directly into your router to reduce signal degradation over wifi.
- Use headphones- This will help with echo and ambient noise.
- Check your mouse- Make sure the batteries are fresh. Always keep backup batteries in reach.
- Have a glass of water nearby- You never know when you will get a tickle in your throat.
- Mute microphone when you’re not speaking.
- Have a paper copy of your presentation on hand so you have it if you lose video for any reason.
- Mute your cell phone.
- Lift computer up so you the webcam is at eye level or just slightly above.
- Make sure you are close enough to camera that participants can see your face- Center your face in the frame.
- Light your face- Consider ordering photography lights if you host webinars regularly. In the meantime, face an open window and take advantage of natural light.
- Engage your audience- Remember to smile and be animated and interesting.
Your audience watches a lot of webinars. Use these tips to make sure yours is one of the best!