Seventeen(17) Tips For a Successful Teleseminar

After hosting teleseminars in the past I can tell you the following are some simple tips for a successful teleseminar.

1. Reminders – Send a reminder e-mail at least the day before and an hour before the Teleseminar.  Include the date, time, phone number, etc.

2. Be Early – Be on the call at least 10-15 minutes before the scheduled start time to encourage listeners to be on time.  You can reward those who call in early with some one on one time.

3. Quiet Room – Either reserve a conference room or pick a quiet room so callers won’t be disturbed by background noise.

4. Land Line – Do not use a cordless or mobile phone as these may cause your listeners to hear static on the phone line.  Because of its tendency to make the speaker sound far away, avoid using a speakerphone.

5. Materials by the phone – Be sure to have paper, pens, handouts, cheat sheets, teleconference codes, the list of participants, and any other necessary materials by the phone.

6. Headset – Wear a headset if possible so that your hands will be free for other tasks..

7. Call Waiting – Turn off call waiting so that your call will not be disturbed by the beeps.

8. Clock – Have a clock in the room for keeping track of the time.

9. Number the handout pages – Since the listeners cannot see the page you are holding, it is important that you number the pages in your handout. This will make it easier for the listeners to follow along and know exactly what topic you are currently covering.

10. Sound Check – Be sure to check the sound quality of the call at the very start of the call. Ask your callers if they can hear you, and if you are using a headset, be sure the microphone is adjusted for the best sound quality.

11. Stand Up – Stand up while you talk if that makes your voice sound more vibrant.

12. Script Reading – Don’t do it. – Do not read word-for-word from a script. You want to make your voice sound natural, and very few people can do that when reading from a script. In fact, it takes a good actor to read from a script and make it sound natural. There is no quicker way to lose your audience than for them to know you are reading from a script. They do not want to waste their time on a Teleseminar just to hear someone read; they can do that without being on the telephone.

13. Use Cheat Sheets – To avoid reading from a script, use a “cheat sheet,” with a numbered list of key points you want your listeners to remember. In this way, you will recall what you want to cover without sounding like a robot.

14. Key Points – Be sure to reinforce your key points frequently throughout your talk in order to keep your audience on-track. This task is much more difficult on the telephone than in person because there is no face-to-face contact. The attention span on a telephone call is much shorter than at a live presentation.

15. URLS– Repeat a URL  so that your participants can write them down if they choose.

16. Manage Time Wisely – Be sure to manage your time wisely. Your outline should have an estimate of the time that is needed for each section. Stay as close to this time estimate as possible to prevent having to cut your call short before covering your key points.

17. Encourage Questions  – During your presentation, be sure to periodically ask your audience if they have any questions. This will give them an opportunity to participate in the discussion and possibly prevent them from losing interest.

If you have any other tips please let us know!  For more detailed information I highly recommend Dr. Cates:  “Teleseminar Basics”

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