Pump up Your Teleseminar Meetings: 7 Tips

Teleseminars were originally conference calls, upgraded into business meetings and presentations. They’re used to conduct seminars, training or promotions. They are experiencing a lot of new found popularity, thanks to new technologies. Cell phone capabilities and applications have allowed them to become multimedia functions with high quality visual content, including slideshows and MP3 operations.

The teleseminar is a structured use of media. It’s conducted in very much the same way as a normal conference or presentation. A teleseminar, however involves even more arrangements for participation carefully set up in advance.

Basic issues

There’s quite a bit of planning and preparation required for a teleseminar, and this is where the first stages of quality control are required:

1. Attendance and information provided to attendees: Even in the preparatory stages, failure to give adequate information to those attending can create instant problems. It’s advisable to send emails or text messages which require a reply, to ensure you have accurate information about who’s attending. Attendees should also have the opportunity to test their abilities to access the seminar, and discover any access problems well in advance. Attendees must know:

  • Dates
  • Times
  • Duration of the event
  • Links to access the event

2. Software issues can guarantee significant dropouts from your teleseminar, particularly if you’re using new software which may they may not be able to access properly. It’s advisable to stick to common consumer platforms.

3. It is also very important to test all media and presentation methods are working properly. Some presenters will require practice to get familiar with the software and media, and will require systems access to put their presentations together.

Content issues

A teleseminar needs high quality content. A two hour conference can’t be entirely comprised of pictures of attendees and speakers. To improve the content yield from a teleseminar, there are plenty of options:

  • Slideshows: Slideshows are reliable, useful platforms for presenting good quality images and concurrent visual information with the progress of the presentation. They can also be well tailored to structural issues in the seminar, providing a useful reference in a staged way.
  • Mixed media: More complex, but extremely effective, a video presentation, or combination of audio and other visual media, can do a lot to provide very good quality information.
  • Access inputs: The participants in a teleseminar are usually motivated, and have their own contributions to make. This should be actively encouraged, and the media used should be able to allow healthy levels of inputs.
  • Recording: Teleseminars are recorded, which provides the opportunity to make sure that attendees are able to access all information. It will also help those with technical issues during the conference to review all information. Recordings should be posted in a special archive on a website, where both previous attendees and those interested in attending future seminars can see the quality of the presentation.