Webinars and Podcasts
Webinars and podcasts have become more and more popular. However, just like presentations, the quality is dependent on the speaker and his or her familiarity with the technology involved in delivering the presentation. Delivering an online presentation is not the same as delivering a presentation on stage; talking heads and improperly delivered slide presentations can cloud the message you want delivered. Unlike many presenters, I have taken the time to learn the techniques for delivering dynamic online presentations and have invested in the necessary technology to ensure a quality presentation.
Podcasts are audio programs that are usually pre-recorded as digital audio files that can be downloaded to a computer or mobile device, although they can be created live.
Webinars are video workshops, lectures, or presentations hosted online using webinar software. They are usually delivered live but can be pre-recorded for late viewing.
Which one is right for you?
The choice between webinars and podcasts really comes down to the needs of your audience. The multimedia aspect of webinars make them ideal for teaching practical skills and make it easier for the audience to remember the material. Podcasts free the audience having to tune in at specific times and can be more polished than a live webinar. They also lend themselves very well to being delivered as a series of presentations on a specific topic or “ask the expert” question and answer sessions.