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How to Host a Webinar That WOWS!

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During Your Webinar

Start Early

  • As the host,
    • enter the meeting 30 minutes in advance,
    • load presentation materials,
    • ready the recording,
    • load or create your polls,
    • test the audio bridge, and
    • be ready to welcome attendees at least 15 minutes prior to the start time.
  • View the Using the Polling Feature PDF to create your polling questions and answers.
  • When you start your webinar, select the RECORD button if you want to record your meeting.


  • On your first slide, introduce yourself and state the outcome(s) for the meeting.
  • You may want to have your biography to share on the second slide or provide one in advance.
  • Have a few relevant questions that attendees need to answer, as they introduce themselves using the Chat function.

Goals and Objectives

  • Provide goals and objectives for the meeting on your third slide.

Engage Your Participants Every 4-5 Minutes!

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Interactive Webinar Activity Examples

  • Moderated panel with Q&A.
  • Problem solving exercises with online brainstorming, categorizing, prioritizing.
  • Reflective activities prompted by images, graphics, video clips.
  • Storytelling and reflection.
  • Quick polls.
  • Team-building discussions.
  • Quick assessments.

Self-Paced Pre/Post Activity Examples

  • Reading of materials, including slide presentations.
  • Online introductions.
  • Self-assessment survey.
  • Partnering activities in twos or threes.
  • Online brainstorming and prioritizing of ideas for later discussion.
  • Session feedback survey.


WebEx® Collaboration Tools

Concluding Your Webinar

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  • Review key points.
  • Review any handouts.
  • Ask if there are any questions from the participants.
  • Go over next steps and let the participants know what should be done next to accomplish the objectives of the webinar.
  • End the session on a high note and stop recording.
  • As host, be the last to log off the session.

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