Being A Webinar Presenter, What NOT To Do

Company Training Webinars

video-px_250Last week found me being a webinar presenter on a company training!

So this week's post – about the experience – is one I NEVER expected to write.

Not just ONE live webinar – TWO. (No, it wasn't a retake because the first was unusable – it was for a different topic.)

For many readers, who will hop onto a video at the drop of a hat, this is no big deal.

But those of you who visit here regularly may remember me as TOTALLY petrified of video. The post below will remind anyone who missed it.

Tips For Nervous Video Marketers

In that post I resolved to completely forget about appearing live in front of a video ever again.

So How Did I End Up Being A Webinar Presenter?

I have written a couple of times about my network marketing business, which has really taken off.

It's grown so fast that we've all been rather inundated with the interest, and my UK team leaders Kevin and Phil have been online into the early hours of the morning. I have seen still Kevin online at 3am, and one morning – setting up our Facebook group resource – at 5am.

So when he nominated me a “leader” and asked me to stand in for him in a “training webinar” for the group. while he collected his children from school, it was hard to refuse.

The safety net, thank goodness, was that Phil would do the actual training. My role was just to introduce myself as a “team leader” and experienced online entrepreneur with Phil as the REAL trainer.

So Thursday and Friday found me fumbling at the controls of WebinarJam as co-presenter of two training webinars.

How Was It?

Phil's WebinarJam worked well and I managed that side of it fine, under his guidance.

Beyond that….

I'd love to tell you that conquering my fear of video was a wonderful, fulfilling, experience and I enjoyed every minute.

If only….

  • I was terrified, and looked it.
  • My hair looked wild and I was full of cold so my voice was worse than usual.
  • I fluffed my “lines”.
  • I stuttered and stumbled.
  • My laptop ALMOST ran out of charge part-way through. I retrieved that one!


And that was only the first two minutes of the replay LOL. (I won't be watching the rest of it!!)

Phil was very kind and tried to put me at ease, but (with luck) I doubt I'll be asked to do another and it will get buried in the depths of the group. Phew!

Update Less Than A Week Later…. Haha – Phil has only asked me to do it again this week. Amazing 🙂

These two webinars definitely fall into the category of “Well, I must be able to do better than HER”.

  • Before the first one I was pacing the floor for two hours trying to “learn” a page of script, which I eventually (and obviously) read.
  • I was calmer before the second one, but that meant I completely forgot what I had meant to say and stuttered and stumbled over it.

I had a two day migraine with the stress of it. Honestly.

Do I Care?

chicken-live-px_320Well, in one way, yes, because I feel I made a complete pig's ear of it.

But at least I didn't chicken out completely, and will count myself as one step up from those who have never had the experience of being a webinar presenter before.

That said, I am putting it behind me, and marking it down to experience.

Without being too big-headed, I think I have quite a few skills. Face-to-face webinar presentation just isn't one of them LOL.

I revert to my original opinion…..

Being Myself Online Avoids Stress

Sadly that business reverted to being effectively a USA only business, but I have replaced it with a business where all promotional videos are already done for me, and you can see the quality when you click here.

It certainly is a must for nervous video marketers who can well do without being a webinar presenter!


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Casandra Phillips - December 5, 2016

There are many interactive features and exercises you can add to a webinar presentation. The more interaction from the audience you can garner, the more they will remember the content and be likely to engage with you in the future. However, as a first time webinar presenter it may be best to pick just two or three points of interaction throughout your first webinar delivery, with the help of your producer.

    Joy - December 6, 2016

    Hi Cassandra,

    Thanks for your webinar tips. Happily I was a co-presenter, so the main presenter was in charge of everything 🙂

    Good to see you on my blog,

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Marquita Herald - December 7, 2016

Well good for you for getting through it all, and I have a feeling it was far better than you are giving yourself credit for!

I have a thing about confronting things that make me feel anxious or scared. I grew up surrounded by people afraid of their own shadows. I swore that I would never let fear get a grip on me so when I experience fear about something I confront it. Like many others, I used to be afraid of public speaking, so I joined Toastmasters and ended up with a job that included public speaking. I used to be afraid of flying, pushed through that and ended up with a dream job that enabled me to fly all over the world. You can master anything you really want to. 🙂

    Joy - December 8, 2016

    Hi Marquita,

    Fantastic how you confronted your fears and mastered them.

    Being a bit feeble, I’m not actually sure I want to master public speaking LOL.

    However – I have to go back and edit my post because they just asked me to do another one!!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Amar kumar - December 7, 2016

Hey Joy,

Glad to read your wonderful post! I have also watched conquering my fear video and it was really a good experience for me. Webinars can be used in all kinds of different ways, depending on our business goals. The more creatively we approach them, the better business results we’re going to see. Webinars are a great customer communication tool because they bring together three powerful elements — customer or prospect interaction, audio, and visual elements including video. Eventually, thanks for sharing your amazing experience with us.

With best wishes,

Amar kumar

    Joy - December 8, 2016

    Hi Amar,

    Glad you too have broken through the fear of appearing on video / webinars.

    Yes, there’s no mistaking the fact that they’re a useful tool to invite prospects to – I just never expected to actually appear in them 🙂

    Congratulations to us both !

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Robin Khokhar - December 8, 2016

Hi Joy,
I do agree with you that one should not do those things. It was a read-worthy post.
So, thanks for share.

    Joy - December 8, 2016

    Hi Robin,

    Well, you might have commented before I published my most recent update…..

    Because I was actually asked to make another appearance.

    I got off it not long ago and this time, although I was still scared, I have no migraine 🙂

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Chery Schmidt - December 16, 2016

Hey Joy! Oh My! How did I miss this post! I am so proud of you! That is so Awesome! You Rock My Friend! I just love to hear things like this happening.. See You At The Top.. Great Share..
Chery :))

    Joy - December 17, 2016

    Haha Chery,

    Thanks so much – it was probably as big a surprise to you as it was to me!

    Yes, we’ll both get there, I’m sure. Going in the right direction.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

Rachel Lavern - December 17, 2016

Hi Joy,

For a long time, I gave a presentation via a webinar at least once a week. The first couple were a bit nerve wracking but I soon became very efficient at it. I found that things went better when I had another person online to assist. I had GoToWebinar at the time but there are now a lot of different applications on the market to look at.

    Joy - December 17, 2016

    Hi Rachel,

    Glad you soon became an efficient webinar presenter. Must admit I wouldn’t want to “fly solo” for a long time.

    Although it’s much less scary than it was the first time I still prefer my blog for communication, but at least I can now tick the “Done That” box 🙂

    We used WebinarJam which worked very well as far as I could tell.

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

ikechi - January 2, 2017

Hi Joy

Sometimes what we fear the most turns out to be something so much fun. You wonder why you were afraid in the first place. It is great that you confronted your fears and as you shared, it did not turn out so bad. Thanks for this post. Take Care

    Joy - January 7, 2017

    Thanks Ikechi,

    Well I haven’t got as far as thinking it’s fun….. 🙂 But certainly it wasn’t as bad as I had feared.

    It had to be one very special company that would push me far enough out of my comfort zone to do this!

    Joy – Blogging After Dark

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