First, "sweat the details" (yes, sweat)

 

Determine:

 

  • The date and time of the presentation (including time zone)
  • What time you’re expected to be available on the live day
  • The date and time of the dry run (including time zone)
  • Deadlines for abstract, bio, presentation materials, handouts, etc.
  • Determine how long the presentation is set to run

 

Consider a Mobile Audience

 

Will viewers tune in from mobile devices? If so, consider:

 

  • Smaller screens mean text and images are harder to see/read, so keep slide content minimal
  • Not all functions that are supported by a PC are supported by mobile devices, so know what can/can’t be used
  • The mobile experience may not match the PC experience, so know what the attendees will see. This is important when discussing how users can ask questions or interact with the session

 

Important Planning Considerations

 

  • Every webcast platform has different features and functionality, make sure you understand what your options are. Webcasts are more engaging when the content types are changed ever 2-4 minutes so take advantage of the options that work best for you session
  • Get the historical information from the show host; find out what their attendees have had the most/least success with in the past and take that into account when creating content
  • Don’t use features that you aren’t comfortable with; it will only add anxiety to the live day
  • Don’t add features just for the sake of “having more stuff”; add what feels organic and enhances the presentation

 

Additional Tips

 

  • Rehearse your content
  • Have notes
  • Plant seed questions
  • Do a full dry run
  • Test your equipment
  • Hardwire your network connection
  • Know the support procedures
  • Practice back-up plans

 

View Our On-Demand Video

 

View an on-demand video presented by Jenn Gibson, Sales Engineer at INXPO. This program originally aired on INXPO TV. You may view the program within INXPO TV via the INXPO !App, which is available in the Jive Apps Market.