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What makes web seminars underwhelming

September 12 2018 / by Roger Courville posted in Business, Delivery, Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Strategy

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You won't have to have attended many web seminars to find one, if not most, are the equivalent of boring online slideshows.  This isn't the fault of the medium...it's the fault of people.

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Webinar computer crash in front of 1000 people -- now what?

March 7 2018 / by Roger Courville posted in gotowebinar, Presentation Delivery, Presentation Planning, presentation planning, webcast, webinar

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You’re in front of 1000 people doing a live demo. Your computer takes the proverbial dump. Now what?

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What to do before you step onto the virtual stage...

June 29 2011 / by Roger Courville posted in Content, Delivery, Design, Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Promotion, Strategy

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Two facts are true for any performance:
1)    The show must go on
2)    Life goes on independently of the show

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What does it take to "engage" a webinar audience?

March 21 2011 / by Roger Courville posted in Content, Delivery, Design, Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Strategy

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Engagement is a hot topic.  Web site developers, human resources & L&D folk, and even webinar presenters...all realize that in today's change-the-channel world, we've got to get and keep attention.  Or we lose.

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What do I do if partners use PowerPoint like documents?

March 18 2011 / by Roger Courville posted in Ask, ask, Design, Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Strategy

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If you can believe it, my new partners insist on writing consulting proposals in PowerPoint, and then using the proposal for the presentation. Any suggestions on how I can convince them to avoid this practice? -Steve H.

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How to turn disaster into success

May 26 2010 / by Roger Courville posted in Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Promotion, Strategy

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Unlike eleven years ago when I started in this business, web conferencing is quite reliable.  But often the internet itself, is not.  The good news is that with 700 or so online presentations in the bag, I can tell you assuredly that it's quite rare to have a problem.

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Set your moderator up for success

April 7 2010 / by Roger Courville posted in Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Strategy

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One reality of most webinars is they aren't moderated by professionals with experience in being a moderator, emcee, or host.  This isn't an indictment, just an observation that leads to a couple ideas you can use to set yourself up for success.  If you're speaking at a webinar, do yourself a favor:

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Another way to start late (and get by with it)...and one that doesn't work

March 26 2010 / by Roger Courville posted in Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Promotion, Strategy, Web Seminar Promotion, web seminar promotion

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Last year's research into online presentation best practices shows that people hate it when you start a webinar late.

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How long should a webinar be?

March 11 2010 / by Roger Courville posted in Content, Delivery, Presentation Planning, presentation planning

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I was recently watching a TED video and the thing I found most interesting for once wasn't the video itself...it was a comment below the video where a viewer rated the presenter as "long winded."

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Last chance to share and learn

February 23 2010 / by Roger Courville posted in Presentation Planning, presentation planning, Promotion, Strategy

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If you're curious about how to promote and deliver engaging webinars, this short survey is for you.

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