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How Free Webinars Teach Real Skills

Updated on August 5, 2012

Are Classrooms Being Replaced?

The days of sitting in a classroom for higher learning are slowly dwindling away.

The traditional University or Seminar in a hotel are being replaced by online presentations, commonly called webinars. If you are my age, late 40's, you may be wondering what exactly that is? And more importantly is it really possible to learn a skill that way? I am here to tell you that it is not only plausible, it is the way that I have built my business on the internet.

Short Video Explaining a Webinar

What is a Webinar?

A webinar is simply a presentation, only instead of going to a hotel conference room or a university to master a skill, you attend the learning center in the privacy of your own home. Here is how simple it is:

Finding A Webinar

1. Find a webinar that you are interested in. Facebook is a wonderful resource for events. If you have not notice before, there is an "Events" icon listed in the left-hand column of your Facebook account. Click on the icon and you may notice that you have been invited to a webinar. You could also do a Google Search for a free webinar on your area of interest. Another resource is YouTube. There are more great suggestions in this hub.

Find the Link

2. Click the link provided in the invitation or on the website. Fill in any information requested. Usually it is just basic information, name and e-mail and who invited you.


Link to the Webinar

3. A new link will be sent to your e-mail address along with the date and time that the webinar will be presented.

When It is time for the Online Presentation

4. Click the link that you received in the e-mail. The link will lead you to the online classroom. I suggest doing this at least 10 minutes early the first time since the webinar software needs to download onto your computer.

You Are There

5. As soon as the software have downloaded, you will immediately be in the classroom. In my opinion, a good webinar will have a good visual slideshow and an engaging speaker.


Now What?

So you have arrived at your webinar, now what do I do? How do I participate? Most webinars either allow you to participate through either a chat box or a microphone. The company that I work with only allows text communication, but I have attended some that use microphones. I find the text-only chat webinars to be less time-consuming and run more efficiently, but that is only my opinion. To benefit the most as a student, as in any class, ask many questions and fully interact with your host. You may have to attend two or three times to gain a full understanding of the subject.

Can I get the CD?

Many webinars are recorded so you can listen to them at your convenience and at your own pace. Often, affiliates in my field, will host longer videos on their own websites, even though I have noticed YouTube allowing longer-timed videos. The only negative to listening to a recorded webinar is, you do not have the ability to ask questions and interact with the presenter.

How to Get the Most Out of a Webinar

Can you really learn a skill with this online method? I am living proof of it. For instance, I decided that after 20 years of working in the non-profit field, coupled with the downturn of the economy in my area, working in an office was no longer for me. I wanted to be at home working for myself. What allowed me gain the necessary knowledge? Free online webinars made it all possible.

Here are my suggestions for making the most of learning a skill online:

Ask Around

1. Ask others in the field that you are interested in, who is the best in the field and who is teaching it. Consult with several people so that you can make an informed decision.

Making the Right Choice Or Not

2. After you have consulted with others, make a choice which webinars will gain you the most knowledge. Make sure the webinars are giving you something of value and not just selling you something.

Use You Gut Instincts

3. Make sure they have only your best interests at heart. Most good teachers do not need to brag about how much they make. Follow your instincts, if they turn you off, you are not going to learn much from them.

Have Fun

4. The most important aspect of a good learning environment to me is fun. Sounds crazy but think of your favorite teacher from high school, you probably liked them the most because they made learning enjoyable and easy.

Do What the Teacher Says

5. Follow the instructions in the webinar, replicating what they do the same way you would any other instructor. Who knows? You may be teaching your own online class in the future.

Have You Ever Attended a Webinar

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That's all It Took

These are the exact steps that enabled me to become a successful marketer. I truly did learn all my basic skills for free from attending online presentations. Don’t be afraid to become an expert in your area by this method.


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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Lady Wolfs 4 years ago

      I have tried a webinar a few times. They are great for learning a new skill, and I think they are the way of the future in replacing a Seminar.

      You are exactly right about making sure it is in your best interest if they are talking about big money. If it's not about learning, then at least it's easier to leave with only a click. Great article. Thanks for sharing.

      Voted up and useful!

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      @unknown spy Thanks for stopping by.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Wonderful article Nancy. you covered all the concepts of a free webinar

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      Nancy Yager 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      @midget38 You are absolutely correct, not all people are comfortable with this.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Nancy, my husband is a fan of these and you are so right, they are useful though not everyone will be comfortable with non-face to face communication. Thanks for sharing! Passing this on!

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thanks for stopping by. I still search out webinars to learn certain skills. Also, now YouTube does allow the longer videos so I am watching more and more YouTube videos to learn like SEO.

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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from Northern California, USA

      This is excellent information. I worked for a company that used webinars all the time. From that, I came to prefer webinars to actually having to get in my car and drive to a hotel or other meeting room for a seminar. I once attended a weeklong conference via various webinars. It was fun and worth every minute. I have always been invited to webinars and never thought about going out and finding my own webinars to attend. Thank you so much for suggesting places to look for webinars. I really enjoyed this hub and learned a lot from reading it.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thank you very much. I think that is the most important lesson of the article. I will go one step further and say.... the people who are truly earning the "big money" do not have to brag about it. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Shelley Watson 5 years ago

      I have been invited to a few, but these people seem to focus on how much they are earning which, as you say, is not indicative of a good teacher. However, I will make an effort as this hubs proves they can be of value!

      Up, interesting and useful

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      I think that it is the future of higher education a least for adults.

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      Katina Davenport 5 years ago

      I love webinars. I gain so much from them.

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      Nancy Yager 5 years ago from Hamburg, New York

      Thank you very much for stopping by. It is always good to look at things from a different viewpoint.

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      Don A. Hoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      I can see the value of this kind of learning although I would also like the opportunities at times to go to a live class. However, I am part of an older culture.A lot depends on the subject matter as well.Whatever the case, I learned something new from your hub and am sharing it with my followers.