January 24, 2011 Leave a Comment
Live events have an emcee. When you translate that to the world of webinars, the person in that role is often called a host or a moderator. The moderator will introduce the speaker, field questions and then wrap things up.
If the chat function is enabled in your webinar when you’re presenting, it can be difficult to pay attention to what participants may be chatting about. Your moderator can also monitor the participants’ live chat, leaving the featured speaker free to focus on the presentation of the material.
There are professional speakers who earn their living emceeing events. Many of them would make excellent moderators for online events, too, providing they he or she is comfortable with the technology. A less expensive way to do it is to partner with another speaker to trade moderator services. This not only keeps costs down, but also gives each of you a sense of what it means to support another virtual presenter.
The experienced webinar presenter may not need or want a moderator. Personally, I done webinars both solo and with hosts. I enjoy having a host, as it adds interactivity to the session.
One idea is to buddy up with another webinar presenter to trade hosting services. One person presents the content and the other moderates the session and acts as an emcee. Then, switch roles. It’s a good idea to lay out the terms of your agreement clearly. For example, “We will host for one another one time, for a maximum of a 90-minute session.”
Your host can offer you feedback at the end of the session, too. You can learn from one another as to what works and why.
Adding a host to your virtual sessions can turn your ho-hum virtual presentations into exceptional webinars!
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