How to attend a live webinar with Natalie Alaimo

by Natalie Alaimo | Follow Her On Twitter

Most of my training in the Ask Natalie Academy is delivered by webinar, so I’ve put together this handy guide to help people who haven’t been on a webinar before.  I’ve put together some of the most commonly asked questions.

What is a webinar?

A webinar is a seminar conducted over the internet.

What do I need to attend a webinar?

To attend a webinar you just need a computer with internet access.  You will also need speakers (you can use your computers inbuilt speakers) and for some webinars also a microphone (again you can use your inbuilt computer microphone).  For most of the webinars I hold, you only need speakers to hear and your computer to view the slides.  Sometimes if we are brainstorming I will unmute people and they can talk using their inbuilt microphone.  Having an external microphone just makes the sound clear, but is not necessary.

Do I need to install any software?

I use a program called GoToWebinar  to run all our webinars.  It will work on both mac and pc computers.  It’s all web based, however if it’s your first webinar you may need to install some software.  This software is safe and GoToWebinar will automatically do this for you.

How do I register for the webinar?

To register for the webinar, click on the link provided by me and enter the required details – generally just your first name and email address.  That’s it!

How do I join the webinar?

After you have registered for the webinar, GoToWebinar will automatically send you, via email, your own unique link.  At the time of the webinar (or 5 minutes before) click on the link in the email.  GoToWebinar will open the webinar for you – if required it will install the software – generally this only happens once.  From there you can see and hear the webinar.

Here are the instructions from GoToWebinar:

  1. Open the email, appointment or instant message that contains the meeting information
  2. Click the Join link provided in the invitation to join the meeting.
  3. If prompted, click Yes, Grant or Trust to accept the GoToMeeting download.
  4. If requested, enter the meeting password provided by your meeting organizer.
  5. You’ll be launched into the meeting where you’ll see your Control Panel and GoToMeeting Viewer

What are my system requirements?

You can attend the webinar on your computer (mac or pc) or smartphone (iPhone or Android).  Here are the system requirements.

For PC users: 

  • Windows® 7, Vista, 2003 server or XP
  • Internet Explorer® 7.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript enabled. Java 1.6 or higher highly recommended.)
  • Internet connection with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Dual core 2.4GHz CPU or faster with at least 2 GB of RAM recommended

For Mac users: 

  • Mac OS® X 10.7 (Lion®), Mac OS® X 10.6 (Snow Leopard®) or Mac OS® X 10.5 (Leopard®)
  • Safari 3.0 or newer, Firefox® 3.0 or newer or Chrome 5.0 or newer (JavaScript enabled. Java 1.6 or higher highly recommended.)
  • Internet connection with cable modem, DSL or better recommended
  • Intel processor with 1 GB of RAM or better recommended

For iPad®, iPhone® and iPod® touch attendees:

  • iPad® 1 or newer, iPhone® 3GS or newer, iPod® touch (3rd generation) or newer iOS® 4.2 or newer
  • Internet connection (WiFi recommended for VoIP)
  • Free GoToMeeting App from the App Store

For Android attendees:

  • Android 2.2 or higher
  • 1 Ghz CPU or higher recommended
  • WiFi or 3G connection (WiFi recommended)
  • Free GoToMeeting App from the Android Market

If you don’t have these requirements, I would suggest just trying to get onto the webinar anyway.

How Can I Ask A Question During the Webinar?

Once the webinar is live you will see a control panel on the right side of your screen.  At the bottom of this panel is a box where you can ask questions. It’s also where you will see additional information I’ve typed in such as web links etc.  Just type in your message and click send.

That’s it.  If you have any questions or can’t get onto one of the webinars, please contact me and I’ll help you however I can.

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