A webinar presenters checklist with key steps for rehearsal, preparation and execution to ensure you are ready to deliver great webinars.
Prepare, engage, and execute
Regardless of how good your content is, the success of your webinar ultimately lies in the quality of your speakers. Great presenters can make the difference between a mediocre webinar and an exciting and engaging conversation. Experienced speakers combine talent and preparation.
This Webinar Presenters Checklist will ensure you are rehearsed and prepared to execute great webinars.
Rehearse like you are in front of an audience
- Script out the first slide or two of your presentation to get you started
- Rehearse like you are in front of an audience
- Time your rehearsals and adjust as needed
- Have a dress rehearsal to determine the flow of the presentation
- Leverage interactive tools like polls and Q&A to engage your audience
- Prepare seed questions for Q&A session
- Have support staff help you manage Q&A queue
- Hosts: Script out intro and housekeeping
Use this checklist to make sure everything is ready to go
- Print out a copy of slides
- Avoid presenting from large rooms or public places
- Turn off air or heating systems, your audience will hear the noise
- Put a “Do not disturb” sign on your door
- Review slides after they have been loaded into the webinar platform
- Turn cell phones off
- Plug computer into a charger
- Have a glass of water close by
- Present from headset or handset, no speakerphone or cell phones
- Have all speakers log into event 30 minutes before your webinar to run sound checks and make sure everything is working properly
Remember to make your webinar conversational
- Speak TO your audience, not AT them. Don’t give a presentation, have a conversation.
- Keep an eye on the time
- Sneezes, coughs, throat clearing, or even the occasional mistakes are ok. They simply remind people that you are real.
- Leave at least ten minutes for Q&A
- Don’t extend the length of the webinar beyond the advertised time
- Don’t forget to breathe
- Have fun. If you have fun, your audience will too