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15 Tips for Webinars
How to Add Impact When You Present Online

By Patricia Fripp / July 2009

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  • Fri, 06 Jan 2012
    Post by Craig Hadden - Remote Possibilities

    My post about this article is at the following link - if HTML is accepted:

  • Fri, 06 Jan 2012
    Post by Craig Hadden - Remote Possibilities

    I love that this article gives so many tips in such a compact format!

    I've linked to it from my blog: Please see this post

  • Tue, 01 Sep 2009
    Post by Chris Metcalfe

    Great article Patricia! I will definitely be putting these tips to use when creating our demo videos for our application.

    Thanks for the tips!

    Chris Metcalfe Vice President

  • Sun, 30 Aug 2009
    Post by Britta Bohlinger

    Think Hollywood! - Does it work in all cultural context? Or may participants in the Middle East, Austria, Russia - or New Zealand (to name only a few) feel they are excluded? One size fits all may cause problems which will not surface during the session but afterwards. The web implies global audiences, however, webinars still take place among individuals - and we should make an effort to address them as such.

    Small bites of generalised guidance are a starting point (back up you data, memorise your points) - so what's missing here is point 16: be prepared to engage in a meaningful Q&A. Too often, skilled presenters come across as sleek and knowledgeable but unable to genuinely related to their audience. Or even worse so: unwilling to learn from and with their audience.

  • Sat, 29 Aug 2009
    Post by Maria Droujkova

    "Use a high I:you ratio" - it's the other way around. You want a high you:I ratio, or a low I:you ratio.

    Thank you for advice! It's quite useful.

  • Fri, 24 Jul 2009
    Post by Jill Duffy

    Another tip I have learned is to use a "filler" slide when transitioning between major points or segments. The filler should just be a picture, something that lets the audience break from the current focus of the talk and prepare for something new to come. Showing photos of real people works well. This tip is for both live and web-based presentations.

  • Tue, 21 Jul 2009
    Post by Greg Friese

    This list of tips is really helpful. I presented a webinar last week and am planning more webinars. The webinar was about test taking tips. I had 10 specific tips that I wanted to be memorable. I gave the first 5 tips as the first slide of the session - to start on a bang. I spread the next 5 tips out over the rest of the webinar to keep the audience tuned in. It seemed to work well.

    I also think it is important to have a moderator that can help manage and answer quick audience questions so the presenter can focus on making the presenter. Then the moderator can present the questions during the Q and A period of the lesson.

  • Tue, 21 Jul 2009
    Post by Allison Rossett

    Two webinar "addicts" took an irreverent and almost systematic look at webinar practice. Here's the article we wrote about it. Hope you enjoy it.

    Rossett, A., Chan, A., & Cunningham, C. (August 2008). What stinks about webinars? CLO magazine. Rossett, A., Chan, A., & Cunningham, C. (August 2008). What stinks about webinars? CLO magazine.

  • Sun, 20 Jan 2008
    Post by Lisa Neal

    Since writing my top 10 list ( I started using WordPress and would easily put it in my top 3 tools now (see to see how it has changed my life).