Webinars: What’s the Deal?

I am 3 weeks into my second to last semester of my eLearning degree. This last full semester has me sweating with my class, “Facilitating Live Events.” The shy child inside me is nervous about being on camera and the technical snafu’s that could strike at any moment insights fear, so here I am a nervous fearful child trapped in a 30-something year old woman’s body. The logical way to know more about live events is to watch and participate in live events. I was tasked with reviewing some webinars for class and learned a lot along the way.

Webinar: Effective Job Search Strategy by New Horizons Media

This webinar peaked my interest because I am newly investigating finding a job and I need some of these clues to just sit in the back of my head while . The webinar was Friday February 8th, 9-11AM MST. Trying to find a webinar that fit in with “my” schedule (that is beholden to a toddler that has been sick for the last two weeks) was difficult.

Trying to figure out how many people were in attendance of this webinar was not a fruitful event. I looked in both the web browser and within the app I downloaded on my phone. I like that there was an anonymity about being involved in the GoToWebinar Forum. I also wondered about the disadvantages for a networking opportunity particularly in a webinar that touted the use of networking and LinkedIn contacts.

Webinar Announcement

Effective Job Search Strategy

Your goal is to land that job and you need an effective and assertive plan to do so! All hiring happens at the front of the line when you get to talk with the hiring manager, not at the end of the line when you apply for a job. This workshop teaches you how to get to the front of the line and helps you map out your action plan to be successful in your job search. 

You will: 
• Transform any job search frustration into action items 
• Discover what components make up a successful strategy 
• Understand the difference between a “Hidden Job” and an “Open Job” 
• Learn how to use LinkedIn to connect with the right people 

Past attendees report gaining insights allowing them to be more proactive and confident during the hiring and interview process. Take your activity to the next level, become a more effective and desired candidate by attending this workshop!

Presenter

Gary O’Neal is a hiring manager and a wealth of information for finding a job. He hails from my hometown of Austin, TX (which immediately likened me to him). He wasn’t the most exciting as a presenter but his enthusiasm for helping people find jobs and all the tricks and tips within business seemed so genuine. His main point and takeaway for finding a job is ” How can you solve the interviewer/company’s problem?” After watching him previously within the Acing The Interview webinar I was intrigued with his tips on job searches and using database as a friend rather than foe for finding a job.

Links and Resources

Here are the links to the Recording and Registration Form.

Summary of Topics Addressed

Gary addressed the following topics:

  • Applying
  • Getting your application to the font of the line
  • Contacting Recruiters/Hiring Managers/HR
  • Following Up
  • Resume
  • Professional Brand
  • Networking
  • Creating: Target Companies, Identify Contacts/Champions, & Execute Campaigns
  • Q&A

Active Learning, Visuals, & Technical Review

The webinar really only did a Q&A, randomly throughout the 2 hour time period, as the active learning techniques used.

Gary had a video of himself within the screen and the slides in the background. The slides left more to be desired. I recently watched a webinar put on PowerPoint content and engaging visuals, that would rate as some of the most interesting visuals. His skill set was incorporating relatable content with stories and networking techniques not visualizations of the content.

The microphone levels and lighting were well done, technically speaking the webinar ran well and the platform was easy to use. I have never used GoToWebinar and would love to know more about what this product looks like on the backend. I downloaded the app on my phone and found that a lot easier to use than my computer (which my daughter thinks is her personal memory lane machine).

Takeaways: Duplicate, Avoid, & Other 

I am on the verge of creating my own webinar and planning with a group how to create something similar, Here are some of my takeaways from this webinar:

Duplicate

  • Engaging Relevant Content
  • Lots of Examples and Personable Experience
  • Simple
  • Q&A Throughout the Event
  • Technically Smooth

Avoid

  • Asking too early (within the first 15 min.) for participant’s question – confusing the moderator
  • Sticking to the script
  • Don’t ramble
  • Less than an hour (2 hours was too long)
  • Having more of an arc or storyline to the script
  • Better Visuals

Other

  • Polling and other interactive techniques that don’t lull the time.
  • Less broad of a topic
  • If creating a multiple session event with the same presenter have a more interactive moderator who can help adhere to learning principles and live event techniques
  • Decide wether you want to be a visually engaging webinar or a webinar that can run in the background.

All in all, if you are looking to boost your career and learn some techniques about how to land the job you want, I really recommend Gary’s series of webinars on New Horizon Media’s site. Although the recordings are very basic, rather slow, and not appealing visually; truth be told most of us just have the webinar running in the background while we are trying to do other things.

Connect with me if you have a webinar in mind for me to watch or you want to discuss this one or you just want to chat live events! Thanks for reading!

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