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How To Get Started With Webinar Amidst COVID-19 Lockdown? [Download Free Webinar Checklist]

Rajeev Unnithan | 23 Mar 2020

With the current COVID-19 pandemic situation the working population is staying at home due to lockdown; an emergency protocol that prevents people from leaving a given area.

A full lockdown will mean you must stay where you are and not exit or enter a building or the given area. The essential supplies, grocery stores, pharmacies and banks to continue to serve the people. All non-essential activities remain shut for the entire period. If you're a professional who is staying back at home and can't figure out ways to reach out to your audience and stakeholders then your search and worries end here.

Worry not! The WEBINAR Checklist is all you need to get started!

Companies around the world are either working with reduced or skeleton staffing. People are working from their home with their teams to ensure the show must go on for their customers and clients.

The Business Continuity Plan (also known as BCP) for these organizations is in place to manage such situations. It's a business document that shows classification of critical and non-critical employees, processes, resources and so on. This document is reviewed and updated periodically or as needed and varies from company to company. Some companies end up reviewing and updating irregularly or on the 11th hour and things go haywire during the real BCP situation.

The organizations that are very well prepared with their BCP are in a position to operate and run their show under current pandemic or natural calamity like situations.

There are several MSMEs, local business owners, independent consultants or freelancers or anyone who wants to reach out to prospects, customers, trainees, clients to make a sales presentation, facilitate an online training class, for an info sharing or decision making business meeting with clients from home or for teams working together on their projects.

If you're stuck at home and belong to one of the above scenarios then you're at the right place to feel confident. If you're thinking about helping people learn or upgrade skills online from home then you should continue reading and download the most effective Webinar process checklist to get started. Let's begin!

First things first. If you're wondering about the meaning of Webinar then let's know that first.

Webinar is a seminar delivered over the internet.

The best way to reach out, connect and interact remotely with your audience is by using a webinar software platform. Using it may be easy but hosting a live webinar and manage a scheduled webinar sessions to help your audience to move ahead and meet their goals is sure not a walk in the park. If you're a first timer then it may be a nerve racking exercise and may put you off.

You got this now! You didn't give up your search to know the easiest way to get started with your first webinar. Let's dive in!

So, there are some fundamental questions you should ask before getting started with your first webinar.

  1. What are the basic resources required to conduct your webinar?

  2. Which webinar platforms should you use to reach out and connect?

  3. How to get started with your first webinar?

1. What are the basic resources required to conduct a webinar?

  1. Structured & Scheduled Topic Content

  2. Camera & Mic

  3. Webinar Platforms

  4. Live Streaming Tools

2. Which webinar platforms should one use to reach out and connect?

With so many webinar software platforms available you may be overwhelmed in selecting the best out of them. Shown below is the list of some platforms that we believe to be user friendly and rich with features. Some of them have free and paid plans while some are 100% paid plans. If you're planning to host your first webinar then you can begin with the free plans as it is more than sufficient to conduct your basic webinar.

After some experience with the free plans and if you think you need the features under paid plans then you may upgrade to better plans anytime.

We are sure you'd like to know more in detail about these webinar platforms. Stay tuned to our next blog about details and user experiences from these platforms. This blog is about helping you get started with your first webinar and not about knowing the details about webinar platforms to determine the best fit for you. Subscribe to our emails and you'll be notified about our next coverage on in-depth details of the above platforms.

If you're also well versed with how Google Hangout and Skype then we would recommend to go for it. It's FREE! All the platforms have user guides, FAQs and video tutorials to understand the basic and advanced features of the platform. Click on the names of platforms and you'd be taken to their respective websites for more information.

3. Now that we understand the context and basics the question remains, how to get started with your first Webinar?

Everything begins with a thought or an idea. To convert the idea to reality one needs a lot of factors but cannot reach the goals without a well planned approach. There are people who have the confidence and belief to begin execution without a plan and are willing to learn from the experience and move on. People who prefer to plan and be organized with timely actions tend to gain more and better traction towards reaching their goals. In your pursuit of happiness and meeting your goals we are happy to help.

Here's a list of actions that you should take to get started.

1. Plan & List Requirements For Conducting Webinar (Documentation, Resources, and so on) 2. Create A Structured & Scheduled Content For Webinar 3. Define The Process Of Registering(Expectation Setting) For & Managing(User Guide) The Webinar 4. Create & Publish The Webinar Schedule (short-term) / Calendar (long-term) 5. Reach Out Using Social Media & Website / Landing Page 6. Execute Webinar On The Scheduled Day 7. Seek Feedback

However, in order to ensure you are proceeding with the right & timely actions to organizing yourself effectively and get started our Webinar experts came up with this Simple & Crisp Webinar Checklist.

Ready to download your checklist? You'd be taken to the download page. You will be prompted to enter your email address to send you a copy to keep and share it with others. After you download it please go through it and you can shoot your questions in the comments section if you need any help with it.

If you think you got what you're looking for then please feel free to share this and help others. Got feedback for us? Please drop them in the comments section.

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