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At WorkCast, our Online Events Team helps to deliver thousands of online events with a multitude of clients on topics ranging from veterinary nursing, to email marketing to aircraft maintenance!

No matter what the event or topic are, a number of key tips will help you to present a successful webinar and remove as much stress as possible.

1. Organise where you'll be running the event from

The major benefit of a webinar is the ability to present from anywhere in the world. If you’re the person presenting, organise a nice quiet environment with a good quality landline phone and a reliable internet connection. If you’re presenting from home, send everyone out for the day. If you’re at work put a note on your door or find a quiet meeting room and lock yourself away!

2. Engage with your attendees

Don’t forget that you can poll attendees, push out announcements to the audience and re-direct users. You can also provide relevant documents to download website links to visit and chat privately or publicly with your audience.

3. Practice. Practice. Practice!

If you’ve got the date booked for your webinar or online event, make sure you log into the platform a couple of days beforehand to familiarise yourself with the Webinar Platform and figure out what you’ll need to be doing on the day.

4. Have a moderator

If you’re presenting, try to avoid other distractions such as incoming questions or chat from the audience. Wherever possible, organise for another presenter to act as moderator, introducing the session, looking after any polls and moderating the questions and asking you to answer them.

5. Log in with plenty of time

To make the day of the presentation as stress free as possible, log in with plenty of time before your session is due to begin. You’ll be able to do a final check of your powerpoint slides and chat to your fellow presenters, without the audience being able to see or hear you.

6. Prepare your content in advance

It may sound obvious but get your presentation prepared in plenty of time before the event. This allows you to practice both on your own and in the platform and to make the presentation sound as natural as possible

7. Remember, it's international

“Good afternoon” might be correct for where you are, but not for your audience. Think about your audience and tailor your opening and closing statements to reflect this.

8. Know what you're going to do if it all goes wrong

Plan for the worst and hope for the best! If you lose your internet connection or your phone gets cut off what are you going to do? Simple steps to follow will make any situation immediately less stressful. Try to always have a printed or local version of your slides with you, so you can continue to present without internet connection. Remember your moderator or fellow presenters can transition your slides for you while you log back in.


By Anthony Hart

Anthony is one of WorkCast's longest standing team members and has seen WorkCast grow to the market leading Platform it is today.

Since joining WorkCast, Anthony has developed a full online platform delivery process. He's looked after some of the World's largest companies to help them deliver successful and fully interactive online events.

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