Attending a webinar online is a great way to keep up your skills and connect with others in the nonprofit community. To get the most value from an online event:
- As tempting as it may be, minimize multitasking. If you can’t focus on the session you’re attending, find out if there will be a recording available (most do provide this) then listen at a time you can focus
- Ask questions. (You’ll learn more that way.) Many session presenters (including me) prefer an interactive format and welcome questions at any time, not only at the presentation’s end.
- Take notes – and share with your coworkers. Writing things down will reinforce the ideas
- Share key ideas over social media channels (but be careful about focusing too much on this – see tip #1)
- Do your job first. Make sure your webinar participation doesn’t interfere with getting your work done and be prepared to stop listening if an office situation requires your attention
Fortunately, there are many organizations / individuals offering great content in free or low-cost webinars. For example:
- John Haydon
- Network for Good (Nonprofit 911)
- Nonprofit Tech for Good (Heather Mansfield)
- Nten (Nonprofit Technology Network)
But while webinars are great, don’t forget about also going to live events where you can interact with our community in person. And anytime you’re at an in-person meeting, please minimize use of your smart phone. I’ve attended meetings where practically everyone is constantly on their phone – be where you are!