Recording Tips For Webinars and Teleseminars

by Jeanette on December 22, 2009

I just listened to the recording of a webinar I did with two other speakers. And the audio stunk!

It wasn’t the content – it was the technical aspect of it. In fact, we are going to have to re-record it before publishing the replay. That’s double work, double time – and all because some technical items weren’t done properly.

Rather than having you experience this type of extra work and disappointment, here are some tips to be sure you get it right the first time.

1. Always use a land line when hosting a teleseminar or webinar. The difference in sound quality between speakers when some are using a landline and others the VOIP is huge. In fact, even good editing can’t fix it.

The VOIP sound is tinny and often fades in and out depending on the Internet connection. While you may be able to listen through your computer, don’t chance it when you are the presenter.

2. Use a headset to keep the position and distance of your microphone consistent throughout the call. Otherwise you have sound that is loud one time and too soft the next.

3. Remove all jewelry. It clanks against the phone and you’re not even conscious of it. From dangling earrings to a necklace, all jewelry is a threat to sound quality.

4. Mute yourself when you are not speaking. This is especially critical in a multi-speaker situation.

I’ve had guests who had a side conversation, forgetting to mute themselves. Others who ate or drank while another speaker was talking. Even typing notes in the background should be done as little as possible. Just assume everything can be heard.

5. Plant someone in the audience. Nothing takes the place of live intelligence from the outside world. So ask a friend or top client to listen in and give you real-time feedback. They can use the built-in tools for your recording service or instant messenger. They’ll be your ears on the ground, hearing what your attendees are hearing and reporting back to you.

I had the luxury of learning all of this in live speaking situations where I inadvertently wore a necklace or silky material that rubbed against the microphone. So I got immediate feedback from the sound techs as it was happening.

In a remote situation like webinars and teleseminars we sometimes don’t realize the impact of small things.

So next time you get ready to give a teleseminar or webinar, do a sound check. You will be amazed at what you hear.

Dr. Jeanette Cates is an Internet strategist who works with intermediate marketers who are ready to move to the next level. She is the author of TeleseminarBasics and FirstWebinar and coaches online presenters.

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Kathryn Merrow - The Pain Relief Coach December 22, 2009 at 10:42 pm

Jeanette, even though the audio had variations in volume between speakers and there were sounds of breathing into the mic by a speaker the content was stilll great!

Terrie Wurzbacher December 24, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Excellent comments. Thanks so much. I noticed this about the live webinar but thought you were aware (as you always are) and had approved. Otherwise I would have mentioned it. I also would have thought it was “ok” to do that since you did it so I’m grateful you posted this for multiple reasons.


Joanne Musa December 28, 2009 at 1:48 pm

Great Article Jeanette,

I’ve made some of the mistakes that you talk about in this article. I also found out the hard way that it’s better when recording not to use the computer microphone and speakers, they pick up a lot more background noise. I’ve actually done pretty well using my cell phone with a headset that has a mute button and volume control.

I also found it helpful to have my VA record the webinars for me so that I don’t have too much to think about when I’m presenting. And she lets me know when my screen freezes and my presentation is stuck on one slide.

Thanks for the great information and I just love your new blog. You never seize to inspire me Jeanette!

Joanne Musa

Elaine January 31, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Thanks for the tips! Also listen to your chair moving around. Sometimes those chairs can have a loud squeak. Elaine

David M. Brown, MD July 9, 2010 at 5:37 am

This is good advice that’s very practical & could be considered “common sense”, but I’ve never heard anyone mention them before – at least not all of them. Thank you for this list, Jeanette.

Sharon Gibson November 29, 2010 at 10:48 am

Thanks very much for writing and sharing this Jeanette. I purchased your teleseminar course and will keep this on hand as things to be careful to do. Thanks so much for taking the time to share this valuable information!

Keep up the good work!

Sharon Gibson

Miguel August 18, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Great timeless advice. Particularly the use of landlines, and using a headphone to maintain voice quality.

Jeanette August 19, 2011 at 4:13 pm

Thanks everyone for your positive comments. I continue to learn new tactics as I’m sure you do, too. And I’ll continue sharing them with you.

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