A great way to reach your clients and customers is through online events, so know the difference between teleclasses, teleseminars and webinars. They are becoming increasingly popular, so here’s a quick overview of the difference between them.
Teleclasses, teleseminars and teleconferences are interchangeable names. Teleclasses makes more sense because they are usually short – 30-60 minutes. “Seminar” indicates an ongoing class among a small group of people and “Conference” implies a longer event. However, you will hear teleclass, teleseminar and telconference interchangeably.
How are teleclasses and webinars alike?
Both teleclasses and webinars are methods of connecting a businessperson with their ideal clients. Identify your target audience so both of you benefit from the connection. Many times educators, business people and entrepreneurs offer free teleclasses and webinars to draw more participants to make them aware of the helpful products and services they offer. These connections translate into business relationships.
How are teleclasses and webinars different?
A teleclass (think about the prefix tele) indicates a class over the phone, which means audio only. The hosts promote the class and interested people register. They call in on the date and time of the call and use a code that has been sent to them at registration to attend the class. They listen to one or two people host the class, interview or presentation. There might be a handout the participants can download. Certain platforms like Talkshoe allow participants to communicate in a chat room and listen through their computers as an option.
A webinar (think prefix “web”) is a class using a website on the computer, usually with a video, screen share or PowerPoint presentation. The participant hears the speaker’s voice while they are watching the Powerpoint. Sometimes there is a small square that shows the presenter while the PowerPoint is running.
What is your skill level?
A teleclass is fairly easy to sign up for, schedule and run. Choose your platform, such as conference call like or Talkshoe or Free Conference Call and practice. Learn how to promote, schedule and run the technology. With some platform options participants can choose to call in or listen through their computer. When participants call in the host can unmute them all or one at a time to talk with them. Also consider creating a handout for your participants to refer to – after all, you want them to remember you!
A webinar requires a bit more skill to create the PowerPoint, video or screen share process. Webinars are becoming increasingly popular. Most webinar hosting services are not free.
Now you know the difference between teleclasses and webinars. Choose what fits your business, clients and style the best. Start with a teleclass and when you are ready try a webinar. Make sure you deliver great content, engage your audience and invite them into business with you.
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