Lessons I learned doing a webinar

Last week I did my first webinar, something I had never thought of doing before.   While it was lots of fun, it had a steep learning curve.  I am sharing with you here some things I learned in the process:


Start early:  I cannot stress this enough.  Doing a webinar requires a lot of detail, don’t underestimate it.  It goes beyond preparing slides and talking online.  Start weeks ahead detailing the steps that are necessary to make things happen smoothly and work on these details as you go along.  


Get help: I spent a great deal of time (hours and days!) dealing with technological stuff to make sure that I was able to create a presentation, share the screen, making sure all the people would be able to connect, see, hear and interact.  Also, making sure the invitations and links were working, etc.  It is a lot of work!  Get help.  At one point there was a link that was not working and I couldn’t figure out why.  I wasted a lot of time trying to do it myself, including one sleepless night worried that I would not be able to deliver as promised.  In the end, I decided to hire a freelancer.  This person just fixed the issue in less than 24 hours and I was able to concentrate on other things that required my attention.


Keep it simple and work with what you got:    Initially I tried creating the webinar in a new platform.  While it was a good platform, I had never used it before so not only I was creating a webinar from scratch, at the same time I was trying to learn the ropes of this platform.  Not a good idea!  In the end I decided that keeping it simple and going with what I knew was best and it turned out to be true.  I created the event on Eventbrite.  It takes off your hands the logistics of sending automated emails, although I could have done better at this.  I didn’t create sequences on Eventbrite until a few days before the event, so I was directly emailing everyone who registered.  Lesson learned!  Now I know better.  I have a Mac so I created the presentation on Keynote, used Zoom to transmit and the links for the sales funnel for the coaching program were hosted on ConvertKit.   I also asked my VA to be at the presentation to help behind the scenes and help with any issues that may occur.


Although this was a very rookie experience, I can say it was a great one.  Would I do it again? Yes, of course! However, next time I will be better prepared and block time in my schedule to dedicate only for this and get help earlier.

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The Second Half

June is here! Can you believe the first half of the year has passed?  You know what that means, right?

A little over six months ago many of you made goals and resolutions for this year. You made the decision to write down a list of things you wanted to accomplish. Were your resolutions to lose weight, run a marathon, change jobs or have more time for yourself? What you have done so far? Have you forgotten all about it?

It happens to all of us, myself included. We have the best intentions to do something, but then as time goes by we get busy and tend to leave things for later. It may have been that “things got in the way” or “life happened”. Sometimes we take too many responsibilities knowing that we are already booked but we don’t want to disappoint others by saying no. The problem is that we end up disappointing ourselves and not doing the things that will help us accomplish our goals. We put ourselves last and our goals never get done.

If you find yourself making the same list year after year and not accomplishing anything, it’s time to revisit. The good thing is you still can go back and act on those resolutions. Be determined. Whether you have to start anew or get back on track is just a matter of taking action.

In order to make things happen it’s necessary to prioritize. Identify what is making you deviate from accomplishing your goals. Are you spending time doing something that doesn’t help you get where you want to be? Do you find yourself watching TV for 4 hours straight instead of dedicating 30 minutes a day to exercise? Are you dreading your job every day but haven’t yet updated your CV?

If you have not made your goals a priority it is unlikely that you will see any change.  You got six more months to act before the end of the year. Now is time to put them in your calendar, set an alarm and make them happen.  Go on, you can do this.  There’s still time!  I even invite you to add another goal to your list:  make the resolution to complete your goals and not letting anything get in the way.

Have a successful second half of the year!