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How to organize a webinar via Microsoft Teams? 5 tips from practice

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To set up a webinar in a simple way, Microsoft Teams is a great tool. In this blog we'll share some tips & tricks from our own experience. We'll also make a comparison with the other, more specific tool for this kind of online events, namely Microsoft Teams. Teams Live Event.

Tip 1: Meeting options

Microsoft Teams - Meeting optionsWhen you use Outlook to send a Teams-Many people don't see the 'Meeting options' link when they create a meeting. However, there are some very useful options hidden here:

  • Decide who should or should not wait in a lobby
  • Who has the right to present?
  • Can participants use their microphone?
  • Are participants allowed to send instant messages?

 

Tip 2: Set a background

In these current circumstances, as a presenter it is not abnormal to give a session from your bedroom or living room. But do the participants have to see this? Personally I find it more professional to have a background effect set. Preferably one in line with your company's house style.

 

Tip 3: Share your screen with sound (on time)

Microsoft Teams - Screen sharing with computer audioNo doubt you will want to share your screen or presentation during the webinar. Feel free to do this well before the session starts. If you do not do this, you may end up with a somewhat awkward silence at the start of your webinar (especially if participants do not know each other).

Did you know that you can also share your computer sound? Handy if you want to share a video with sound.

 

Tip 4: Get some interaction

Because there are no physical events possible, everyone draws the card of online sessions. Personally I like the fact that there is some interaction and variation during a webinar. Within Microsoft Teams you have some possibilities to do so:

Together Fashion

Do you have a conference with a whole bunch of people? Or a team meeting to keep the group atmosphere going? For both situations, the new Together Mode ('Mode Samen' for Dutch speaking Team-users) interesting. As we saw in a recent blog announced, it is possible to sit together in an auditorium, or have a virtual meeting at the same round table. You choose the theme.

 

Breakout Rooms

Since a few weeks you can work in Teams with Breakout Rooms ('Separate meeting rooms'). A handy feature to divide a meeting into smaller groups. It has the same functionality as a regular Teams-call. Unfortunately, this feature is currently only available for the person who sent out the Teams-invite. Want to know more about this feature? Then be sure to read the blog that we wrote about recently.

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During these free workshops/Q&A sessions, our experts will zoom in on more advanced functionalities within Teams.

Launch a poll

Present in Teams for some time, but not yet known: creating polls in Microsoft Teams. Behind them, a form will be created in Forms, to ask for input from your digital audience. Good to know: only administrators and presenters can create polls in Teams:

Microsoft Teams - Create a poll

Tip 5: See who was present (and who wasn't)

Microsoft Teams - Download participant list

Often it can be interesting who all was in the call in the end. Especially with a large group, it can be a challenge to keep track of this. As an administrator, you can also export the data from your Teams. You can do this via: Participants > Options (3 dots) > Download attendance list:

PS: 'Manage permissions' by the way gives the same options as our first tip.

Finally: What about Teams Live Event?

What about Teams Live Events, that other Microsoft app for hosting webinars? When do I use that one? In my opinion, interaction is the distinguishing factor.

Do you want a meeting in which participants can use both a webcam and a microphone? Then you'll want to choose Microsoft Teams. Are you holding a large online event (e.g. 150 participants) where it's important that questions can be moderated? In that case, choose Teams Live Event. Want to know the exact difference? Then make sure to read the blog that colleague Cindy wrote about.

Good luck with your next online event!

"In these current circumstances, as a presenter it's not abnormal to give a session from your bedroom or living room. But do the participants necessarily need to see this?"
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During these free workshops/Q&A sessions, our experts will zoom in on more advanced functionalities within Teams.

Written by:

Tom Hufkens
Marketing Manager

He started his career at VanRoey.be in 2008, first as a Retail Manager for many years and then made the switch to marketing a few years ago.

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