Picture this: You’re sitting on the couch at home in your pajamas, munching on popcorn and watching the latest rom-com action flick. You’re totally engrossed with the plot when all of a sudden, one of the characters does something crazy. Rather than throwing your bowl of snacks at the screen, you pause the movie and address the characters directly…who respond to your voice and answer your questions. Creepy? Convenient? Conveniently creepy?
Satisfied with their answers, you press play, and the movie resumes.
Take out the Hollywood-level special effects and the Oscar-winning cast, and you’ve got the live webinar experience (without the creep factor). On-demand media, in your home, that’s interactive and catered to your needs. It’s the difference between struggling through a new software tool on your own and consulting an expert who can walk you through the steps over a glass of wine. Not yet sold on the value of attending live webinars? Here are four compelling reasons to give them a shot:
1. Webinars are convenient
Most webinars are available wherever there’s an internet connection, so there’s no need to leave the office (or the couch) to tune in. It’s the most laid-back educational event you’ll ever attend. Many professionals rely on webinars for a time-efficient, cost-effective method of delivering valuable knowledge to their teams. Rather than trying to explain the software themselves, business owners or HR managers can pull groups together for webinars on a range of topics.
And speaking of convenience, webinars aren’t just available live. Many companies offer on-demand content (a.k.a. prerecorded content). You can often look back through whole libraries of past videos and get insight into topics that maybe haven’t been covered recently. (TSheets, for instance, offers online, on-demand training, available anytime, day or night.)
2. Webinars are affordable
Think about all the things you’d have to buy for an out-of-town training seminar: plane tickets, rental cars, hotel rooms, clothes, food…the list goes on. Webinars, on the other hand, are generally free. No travel costs, no suit and tie. So go ahead—order that pizza and have it delivered. You just saved a ton of money by tuning in for a webinar.
3. Webinars are efficient
Most webinars are designed to last around 30-60 minutes and are usually scheduled to fit the workdays of busy professionals. In other words, you won’t find a lot of long, tangential sessions. Instead, presentations are designed to deliver the most amount of information in as few minutes as possible, without cutting any corners.
Additionally, as previously mentioned, an entire team can gather in one conference room to watch and discuss the webinar’s content without having to invest time and money traveling to or from a physical seminar location. And no matter how many people attend in your group, anyone can ask questions during a live webinar and get real-time answers.
4. Webinars are easy to join
We can’t speak for every company that hosts webinars, but when it comes to registering for and attending live TSheets webinars, rest assured that the process is pretty easy. Simply click on the “register now” icon beside the course title. Most of our attendees don’t have to download any additional software, but if you do, click “Install now” and follow the instructions to download Adobe Flash Player. You can also access TSheets webinars on your smartphone by downloading the GoToWebinar mobile app.
Webinars bring tools to the masses
There are many reasons to tune in for a webinar—live or recorded. There’s a great deal of value in being able to walk through a process or product with an expert, and even more value in being able to interact with that expert and get answers as you learn.
Naturally, there are innumerable ways to learn a new concept: books, articles, videos, and more. But webinars bring live media and person-to-person communication to the forefront, building relationships while simultaneously solving pain points.
If you’d like to check out a webinar done right, be sure to visit our learning center and register for our next live webinar. It’s an event you won’t want to miss.