Why you should always plan a webinar rehearsal

CC BY-SA Some rights reserved by Jorge Rayon on Wikimedia Commons

When you run a webinar with guest speakers it is essential to arrange a rehearsal meeting a few days before the event. Even if you are working with experienced speakers there are many details that can cause major problems if you don’t  go through the roles, timeline and technical details well in advance.

A new article on the excellent Webinar blog, Why You Need A Webinar Run Through, stresses the need for such meetings to make sure that the slideshows and other documents actually work in the webinar room and that there are no technical conflicts. Many presenters will claim that such planning meetings are unnecessary but the article describes clearly the dangers of not preparing properly. Continue reading


Swivl points the camera at whoever has the microphone

If you are alone hosting a webinar session where you have several participants in the room with you it can be a problem keeping the camera on the person who is speaking. Swivl is an inexpensive solution that takes care of the camera for you. Swivl is a small robot on which you can mount a tablet, smartphone or camera. It has a wireless connection to a small microphone and Swivl will rotate to automatically focus on whoever has the microphone. This makes discussions much easier to follow remotely since you always see and hear whoever is speaking.

Here is a short introduction film.

Webinars for crowd-sourcing


Guest post by Francisca Frenks | The Netherlands | www.xwebonar.nl  | www.Dyhme.com | francisca@xwebinar.nl
Since 2008 she has offered training for webinars, virtual classrooms, online & synchronous collaborative sessions. Her focus is on the human factor while working with technology. 

It was 2012. I trained some people for a remarkable webinar. An insurance company wanted to ask the opinion of their agents about a new insurance product during a webinar. Continue reading

Live Streaming Webinars to Facebook and Persicope

There is a great opportunity for everybody intending to reach a large audience with webinars: live streaming to Facebook and/or Periscope.

Start the live stream to any Facebook page or profile just before the start of the webinar and ask your participants to share the the stream/Facebook post at their pages or profile. Do not forget to include the URL of the meeting room and a short description how to access it. Thus you can generate attention on the fly and attract more participants.

What you need is streaming software like OBS Broadcaster which is Open Source.
Instructions for Facebook can be found here.

Live streaming to Periscope is rather new. You have to request access to Periscope Producer.

Webinar toolkit


And so we have come to the end of our official project period. It has been a fascinating journey investigating new methods and testing new devices together with our partner organisations, with the common aim of making webinars more engaging and interactive. Even if the project is over we plan to keep this site active as well as our Facebook group Effective Webinars.

If you look at the top menu of this site you will see that we have now added lots of guides, methods and tips about effective webinars under the heading Toolkit for effective and interactive webinars. Here you will find plenty information that will help you to plan and run more effective webinars, including our guide to developing participant engagement, Webigagement. The toolkit is still being developed, maybe we could say that it is a never-ending task.

Please give us feedback on this guide and we welcome new ideas and tips that we can include as the guide develops.

The challenge of hybrid webinars


Not taken at our workshop but a familiar problem. Photo: CC BY Some rights reserved by Preetamrai


For some strange masochistic reason I keep offering to run hybrid webinar workshops at conferences around Europe, with variable levels of success. When it works it gives participants the chance to experience a combined on-site and online learning environment where online members can fully participate in what is essentially a classroom activity. The format we usually offer is to combine short input sessions with discussion and group work, the results of which are posted on a common workspace like Padlet. Continue reading

Recording: Collaborative and interactive learning in webinars – our tips and tricks

About 60 participants took part in today’s webinar.

The Effective webinars project is nearing its end and we would like to take this opportunity to present our partners who we have worked with us during this period.

In this webinar our partner organisations who have developed webinars for different purposes over the last two years described how they have used webinars. They reflected on the lessons they have learned in terms of method, pedagogy and technology.

If you prefer the original recording, please click on this link.