I just finished my first webcast – it was a blast! The webcast was for the Education Institute, and was on creating library website subject guides.
For those of you who might venture into doing a webcast sometime, a few pointers:
- If possible, have a backup phone. See the nice Polycom conference phone in the photo? I didn’t use it because of some “ocean like” static. It worked great the day before… go figure.
- Make sure you have a good internet connection.
- Make sure to pace yourself – since you are, in essence, talking to yourself in an empty room (that’s what it feels like anyway), you might ramble on, rush through slides, etc – just pretend you’re in a room full of people. Not too much of a problem for me, since I’ve been a radio dj in the past – same concept.
- Set up early. I set up everything about 30 minutes before, then went online about 15 minutes before the start of my presentation. Since I had “phone issues,” I had to call in about three times on different phones. Last minute testing, well, needs time! (which I had, thankfully)
- Have fun!