When part of your audience is in-person, and part of them are remote, how do you engage everyone? And what if one of the devices involved is Microsoft’s Surface Hub?
There’s a time and a place for lecture or broadcast for communicating information, but we also know that they can be lower-efficacy means of adult learning. So what do you do when you are very much concerned for the learning outcomes of your audience?
Many webinar and webcast softwares default to participants joining in “listen only” mode, and this makes sense – controlling audio is a critical part of managing a great virtual event, and a presentation is a different communication style than a conversation (like in a meeting).
The science of studying multitasking is young, and as researcher Eyal Ophir points out, it’s a zero-sum game of task switching.
Start with the story, then add the facts.
Toastmasters International is finally allowing clubs to be formed and conducted entirely online. To the best of my knowledge, though, the Competent Communication manual, their essential guide, does not have an online equivalent – until now, that is.
Hosting a panel discussion using a video or web conferencing technology (e.g., Skype for Business, GoToWebinar) isn’t hard, but it is a little different. You know how we aren’t fans of the word webinar, and this is a good example of a communication use case where the most common paradigm of what a webinar is just isn’t useful.