Whats A Webinar?

 

 

I do my classes and most of my readings and coaching sessions via web conference with GoToMeeting.  It’s my virtual office.

That just means that when you book in for a class, reading or session I email you a link for the place on the web where we will meet.

Click on the link about 5  minutes before we are due to begin.

You’ll be asked to download a small computer file, which should take about a minute on most internet connections.  If it takes longer, don’t worry, I’ll be there when you do arrive.

It’s similar to Skype.  You’ll be able to see me and my computer screen when you arrive.  For audio – speaking and listening – you can use a headset with a microphone, or choose to call by telephone the phone number I will send you in the email with the webinar link.  If you’ve got a web camera on your computer, you can choose to switch it on or leave it off.

This is the bit that seems to create most problems for people:

When you arrive you’ll be prompted to click on the Audio tab (shown in yellow below) and choose Telephone or Mic & Speakers.

 

If you have any problems, just write a note in the Chat section and I’ll respond, or send me an email.   That’s pretty much it really!  Here’s the system requirements for using the webinar software.

System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer
Read the audio checklist.    And there’s more detailed information about attending a webinar here.

Doing classes, readings and sessions by webinar in my virtual office means that I can create both a video and audio (mp3) recording for you.

What if my recorded video won’t play on my computer? 

Occasionally the recording doesn’t encode correctly and we end up with a file that won’t play on some software.  If you have this problem, download VLC media player and it will solve the issue.  VLC is an open source program, well worth having as it supports pretty much every type of video known to man .. and woman.  I’ve been using it for years, it’s fabulous, it’s free and there are versions for both Mac and PC.   CNET gives it five stars and the comment “spectacular”.

You can download it safely from either the creator VideoLAN,  or from software site CNET – here are the links.

VideoLAN download for Mac

CNETdownload for Mac

VideoLAN download for PC 

CNET download for PC