Yesterday evening, I was browsing the web, randomly reading blogs and tweets. When suddenly I had what at first sounded like a crazy idea. I heard some people talking about the fact that they start their webinars with a wide-screen video-broadcast of themselves. Nice way to great the audience, they said. At this time, I didn’t really give it lots of thoughts. But hey, only fools don’t change their minds. And that’s exactly what happened yesterday evening. I read about it again somewhere. And I really wanted to give it a try.
I was giving an internal presentation on milk replacers to our scientific communication team the next day. Webinar format. My favorite, obviously (there are days I truly believe the virtual world was created for people like me) . Anyway, it was the perfect opportunity to test this maybe-not-so-crazy idea. Worst case scenario : it goes wrong, it crashes. But at least I gave it a try and I learnt something from it.
So when I woke up, I shoot a short intro video. You can watch it below. I’m sure I still have lots to learn in terms of video-creating and editing, those are skills I still need to work on for sure. But for something that took me 10 minutes, it’s not that bad I think. And again, it can only get better in time I’m sure.
I inserted it as a video clip in my webinar conference center, right before my slides. I played it right at the beginning of the online session. And it worked perfectly. Everybody could watch the video. It did not cut in an out, everybody called in so I could hear it play on their computers. They might even have enjoyed it a bit.
I’m sure I’m not the first one who tried this. But I just wanted to point out that in today’s world, we can constantly try to push the limits of our creativity. I’m a webinar addict, I love this opportunity to travel the world in an instant while giving an online presentation. I spend a lof of time crafting my webinar series : this was a successful experiment, am probably going to try it again very soon, but I will keep thinking. I’m sure there are other ways to make online experience memorable. I just need to keep working hard on it.