Webinars are a form of web conferencing used to conduct live meetings, training, or presentations via the Internet. Every month, there are plenty of webinars offered in a variety of topics including Digital Asset Management (DAM).
Often, webinars are offered free of charge in order to inform people who join to watch. Typically, the webinars are open to questions via built-in text messaging during the session and the questions are addressed verbally at the end.
A free 4-part webinar series dedicated to optimizing Digital Asset Management processes and technologies is being offered. It is called Digital Asset Management Jumpstart (2010).
I am one of the speakers discussing Practical Asset Reuse – The Role of Taxonomy and Metadata on January 28, 2010.
In the interest of full disclosure, webinars are often sponsored, but I volunteer my time as a speaker. I do not get paid to speak/present and I do not accept money from any vendors since I remain vendor agnostic, so I do not endorse any specific DAM vendor. I do list events I attend/present under my events tab on the right side of my blog.
Registering for webinars is quite common and the organizers often send you an online calendar invite to remind you of the webinar after your registration is complete. I listen, watch and/or present webinars weekly.
On the day of the webinar, you should:
- Login a few minutes before the start time (check for your local start time based on your time zone)
- Listen to speakers
- Watch a series of slides to illustrate the speakers’ points
- Ask questions during the session via built-in text messaging window provided. Questions are often addressed verbally at the end of the webinar.
To listen and watch a webinar, all you usually need is
- Time (often 1 to 2 hours)
- A fast, reliable internet connection
- A computer with audio output (headphones or load speaker).
No travel required to attend any webinar regardless of your location nor the presenters’ location. Some webinars are recorded for future viewing in case you miss them or find them later on. Some DAM vendors as well as third party vendors offer webinars on a regular basis.
Webinars do offer:
- Knowledge enrichment (or knowledge reinforcement)
- Good learning and research opportunities
- Sometimes different perspectives
- Contact information to speakers
Do you watch and listen to webinars?