Hosting an internet seminar should be like running any meeting or conference. It is important to understand that just because everyone is not in the same room, physically, that they are still all present and attentive. Your goal should be to get across the information and present it in a clear and concise manner.
Hosting an internet seminar may actually be easier than giving a live presentation in front of a room of people. For many people who fear public speaking, the internet seminar is a welcomed alternative because you can not see the participants and there is little to distract you from the presentation.
When you speak in front of a group of people it can be easy to be distracted by fidgeting or someone leaving the room. Also, there is little to distract the participants. Unlike a presentation in person, an internet seminar allows everyone to see the presentation and hear the speaker clearly. There are not issues with people being too far away to hear to see. Additionally, each individual can be alone when participating in the seminar so their focus is completely on the task at hand and they are not distracted by others.
When you host an internet seminar you only have to focus on the seminar. Your goal should be to present the information in a clear and easy to understand manner. Most of your job is done when you finish the preparation of the seminar. Once you begin to present the seminar you are simply going over what you have already prepared.
Internet seminars do have a downside. Without the formal setting of a traditional meeting it can be easy to not take an internet seminar as seriously. However, you should always treat an internet seminar as you would any other seminar.
You have to understand that you still have people listening to you and that you still have a job to accomplish through the seminar. You also have the burden of creating a seminar that is interesting. When in person, people are stuck in the room because if they leave everyone will know. In an internet seminar, though, someone can easily walk away from their computer and you would never know. So you have to keep the seminar interesting and involve the participants.
One of the best ways to help keep the attention of participants is to create an agenda and provide other supporting documents and materials for the seminar. Video, spreadsheets and even a website can be great tools to accompany the seminar and get the participants more involved. These tools also give you more freedom in your presentation. Instead of simply telling about something you can show it. Also, follow up is a breeze since you can easily put together a follow up package as part of the seminar.
An internet seminar is a great business tool. You can do almost any type of meeting or even projects through an internet seminar. The tools and the general design of an internet seminar lets you have more freedom and more ability to get across your message than you would have in a traditional setting.