As webinars are live events set to a specific date (usually in the near future), their contents are extremely updated. No one is going to prepare, announce and then run a webinar about old technologies or topics.
This is to say: you probably can’t attend an ‘Excel 2010 best tips’webinar, while you are able to go to Amazon and buy an ‘Excel 2010 Tips & Tricks’book (is this a disadvantage?)
To remain stuck in the past is not recommended at all. One of the keys to success is to get better every day, so get out of your comfort zone, and stop using old software and techniques because you feel comfortable with them; otherwise you’ll miss all the progress people are creating for you.
Remember that time when you bought that +300 pages ‘something’for dummies book? That huge software manual you downloaded because you wanted to become a master with that app? What about that 12-week course you enrolled but never finished?
Everyone knows what happens when you take a big challenge without breaking it into pieces.
As you saw in our second post about webinars, they may last from 30 to 75 min, which makes it almost impossible for you to give it up; while giving the teachers enough time to cover a very specific topic and give you one, a couple, or several actions to be performed.
Yes, you won’t acquire as much knowledge with a 1 hour webinar as with a 200 pages book but, what is stopping you from attending as many webinars as you want?
You either will attend the webinar or you won’t, but that piece of knowledge won’t be gathering dust in a drawer like a book, or lost in some folder within your computer. Remember: break learning goals down into actionable items to beat procrastination!
A course or a book are fixed content that you can learn from. They are kind of adaptable too (you can update them) Especially, eBooks are easier to update as reprint costs aren’t involved, buy you probably have to wait several months or years to get an update of your favorite physical book.
However, during a webinar the feedback and the interaction between teachers and attendees are instant. Many teachers throw surveys and ask questions to the attendees during the classes to perfectly suit their knowledge to their audience.
This is one is the best advantage of webinars, if at some point of the training you’re not understanding something or you have doubts…You can ask your trainer! They usually allow you do that either during or at the end of the webinar they will reserve time for questions.
This is good for you (solve your problems), good for your trainer (he notices which parts are more complicated and should explain better), and good for your mates, as they could have the same problem, or they might thought they already knew everything (but with your question you proved they didn’t)
Does all of the above mean that webinars are the best way of learning? Of course not! They are just different. Maybe you’d just rather prefer to read books and manuals, or could be that your daily schedule doesn’t allow you to join live webinars.
Fortunately, there’s also a solution for that.
Wait, most of the benefits are due to the live learning format and now it turns out that they exist even offline?
Don’t think about it as a contradiction, indeed, this is the last benefit of webinars. In addition to all of the above, as most webinars are recorded, you can re-watch them over and over again, as many times as you want.
Wonderful right? You can attend the live event, or just get the offline version, or both! This is your choice!
And having freedom of choice is one of the greatest things in life.