LIVE Learning Experiences – LinkedIn, Facebook, YouTube and Webinars.
Each of these platforms encourages “going live”.
Being live offers amazing opportunities to reach a much larger audience.
BUT, you do need to be comfortable with:
1) Putting yourself out there
2) The tech side of things
Although I regularly use Zoom there is one small drawback. It’s the fact that your participants have to download Zoom.
This can be an issue. As I am often working with individuals who are not technically minded – and although it’s simple once you know how – it can be a challenge.
Now, although I ‘ve done lots of online teaching, I have never done an online workshop – at least I hadn’t up until last night.
Because I didn’t want to have folks getting all flustered before they even arrive at my workshop, I decided I’d try out a new platform.
Choosing a platform
Here’s where it gets confusing.
There are soooooo many choices. AND there are so many differing opinions of which works best.
I’d pretty much decided on Webinar Jam (I already have EverWebinar) until I started to check out some of the recent feedback – glitchy and not so fantastic from tech support.
I ended up choosing to try Demio – they offered me a free trial – all good 🙂 – and that pushed me across the line. After all, if they are confident to offer that, they must believe in their product.
How did it go?
It looked super easy.
I enrolled, set up and sent out the link to my attendees. Created the meeting room and uploaded the workbook.
Nice going. I’d had a couple of queries, but tech support was right there within 5 mins to help.
I’m good to go and have time to spare.
As always, there’s the temptation to make last moment tweaks -and this is where it all started to unravel.
I know, I should have known better!
I made my tweaks – just a couple of tiny ones. Not really necessary but I wanted to do it.
This was in beta mode (my participants knew this) but I wanted it to be the best I could make it.
I’d said up-front there was the possibility of some glitches.
I was uploading my presentation slides an hour out from the workshop.
First little glitch – not possible to load them except as a PDF or as a YouTube. Maybe I had been told this – maybe not. I don’t recall.
Okay – not a problem…Plan B is to share my screen.
Let the games begin 🙂
Time to go Live. Participants got in really easily.
No sound. Easy fix. I just needed to click a box.
I’m feeling a tad flustered. I share what is happening in the conversation with attendees – I mean they can see me on screen – and goodness knows what they are thinking!
Share my screen to launch the presentation. They can’t see it properly. Sizing is not right.
Fiddle. Fiddle. I get it working BUT not as I wanted it to.
It’s not flowing and appearing as it did in my run through.
Maybe I should not have made the tweaks!
Actually, I definitely should not have made those tweaks.
Fortunately, I know my subject – Strategic Planning – really well. At least I am not panicking about what to say.
Participants engagement was high – I think my “comedy show” (think Faulty Towers!) at the beginning helped create a real “authenticity” factor.
I always tell my clients they need to be authentic as people relate to people.
Well, this was definitely authentic. No doubt about it.
The chatbox worked well. My wonderful assistant did a fantastic job of writing down the answers from the chatbox and running them into me.
Note to self – need to make sure I have another monitor beside me so I can see the questions.
The recording feature was excellent. I now have a recording I can share. But… I’m not going to send it out. I don’t think the comedy show will be as funny if it’s not live.
The quality of the information presented and taught went over very well. Participants said the pace was good and I didn’t cram in too much.
They’ll be back for Part II next Wednesday. In the meantime, I’m going to be re-running Part I so I get a decent recording to send those who could not show up for the live.
How often do you experiment with new technology?
If you have a tale to share, I would love to hear it in the comments.