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Tell Me How You Feel About Webinars: Take My Webinar Survey

Webinar I'm in the process of doing some research for a client on webinars. One of the things she wanted to know was how people feel about them-- Do they like webinars?  Do they think they work as a learning tool?

I have my own feelings about the subject, but I thought that I might be able to kill two birds with one stone if I put together a little reader survey on webinars. (The other bird I'm killing is fulfilling the Building a Better Blog Weekly Challenge to do a reader poll). So. . .

If you've ever participated in a webinar, I need your feedback. I've put together a quick 7-question survey that should take you, at most, about 5 minutes to complete.

You can find the webinar survey here.

I'd like to get as many responses as possible, so feel free to share the link with anyone you like.

I'm going to keep the poll open for a week and then will share the results with everyone, along with some of the resources I'm checking out on running effective webinars. So I'll do my end--find you some good resources on webinars and share with you what people think of them--if you can help me on yours by completing the survey. Sound like a good deal? Does to me!

On a side note--I created the survey using SurveyGizmo which I'm liking a LOT, particularly because of how you can parse the data that comes back to you. I haven't had a chance to explore everything, but I've been impressed with what I've found so far.

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That's my first experience using Survey Gizmo. My favorite part was the tag at the end that let's you "look under the hood."

Yeah--I liked that--thought it was pretty cool. I always love things with a sense of humor.

Thanks for your mini-review of SurveyGizmo. I've been looking for something like that so your timing was great.

Re webinars: Like face-to-face instruction, they can be good or bad. Probably a big challenge for presenters is how easy it is for people to surf instead of paying close attention. On the other hand, as an attender, I like the fact that I can wander off and not be blatantly rude.

As an audience member, I would prefer to see pictures of the people who are in the audience and have some info about them before we "attend" the webinar. It would also be good to have some way to communicate with them before, during, and after the webinar. Otherwise I feel like I'm alone with silent, ghostly figures.

At webinars I've attended, the only voice I've heard is that of the presenter. While that kind of webinar has more human interest than a standalone click-through "course," it's almost as isolated and isolating.

I spend time on both sides of webinars, both as the facilitator (the technical person making sure everything works for the presenter) and as the participant. I think webinars are an excellent medium for training if it's the right training provided in the right way. One group who gets it right is InSync Training ( No, I am not associated with them in any way. I was only fortunate enough to stumble upon one of their trainings and now I keep coming back for more. It's not only useful content, but I'm learning a lot about presenting in this environment. Go to their Calendar of Events to sign up for a free session or to watch a recorded session. Either way, it's worth your time.

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