The Glamorous World of Webinars

Today was Sally’s first tutorial webinar as part of her Learn With Sally coaching.  I couldn’t make the introductory webinar the week before, so I was adamant that nothing would stop me attending this one (not even plagues, pestilence, or floods).

 

The webinar was scheduled for 9pm UK time, so at around 8.30 I fired up the laptop as I knew it would be troublesome (see my previous post for more details on my laptop issues).  My boyfriend had got my internet working at home again and the laptop had behaved when we tested it on Tuesday night…but then this laptop is much like me (No!  Not old & decrepit!  Bad people!  I mean it’s temperamental and doesn’t like doing as it’s told!).  So I had a feeling there may well be trouble ahead (…”but while there’s moonlight & music, and love & romance…let’s face the music, and dance…”) – ha, you can all have that in your heads now!

 

Oh, where was I.

 

Yes, trying to get my laptop to behave.  My router thing (technical term) was on, the lights were on indicating life, but would my laptop load any pages?  No.  It just decided that it couldn’t load anything and I had to check the connection.  Bearing in mind my laptop was literally a metre (or 3 feet) away from the router, it’s not like it had any excuse of wireless interference.  So I did the usual trick – turn it off & then back on again.  Same problem.  By now it was getting a lot nearer webinar time, and I wasn’t online, I hadn’t got my cup of tea ready, and all wasn’t going well in my world.

 

Anyway, I eventually got it to load my email so I could click on the link to join the webinar…and then I discovered you have to download some stuff to your computer for it to work…aaarrrggghhh!!  By this point though my laptop had finally conceded that it would do as I wanted it to do, so after a couple of minutes downloading that, I got connected to my very first webinar.

 

Yes, you read that correctly – my very first live webinar!

 

Now, I don’t know about you, but I always had this impression of webinars being glamorous affairs.  You know, the whole corporate kind of image, smart well-dressed people with modern computers and all that stuff.  Basically, the sort of scene depicted here:

 

The glamorous image of webinars

 

The reality for me – I don’t know, should I even share this with you?  I’d had a shower beforehand (my hair takes ages to dry as it’s long & thick so I figured I’d do that prior to the webinar so I wouldn’t be up too late).  What do you mean, “too much information”?!  Hmm…anyway…my glamorous reality was me in my dressing gown curled up on my sofa with my headset on.  Wet hair, no makeup, very sexy zebra-print dressing gown.

 

This had me amused (how the reality wasn’t *quite* living up to my ridiculously unrealistic expectations), and so I thought I’d share this with you.

 

The reality of the webinar glamour<

 

I know, I know – I look great…*cough*.  It’s just as well I live by myself otherwise I’d terrify people all the time!

 

Sally’s webinar was great, I took 4 pages of notes and I can’t wait to go through all the accompanying tutorials that Sally has added to the members area. This blog will definitely be changing in appearance – don’t worry, the purple will still be around, I’m not losing one of my unique selling points!

 

For now I must go and plot (she says stroking an imaginary cat & plotting world domination…mwah-ha-ha!).

 

I even spoke on the webinar.  Now, those of you that have met me in real life know that I tend to talk a load of rubbish at the best of times, so I should probably apologise to the others on the webinar for charging on in and talking.

 

It’s funny – before Sally’s course, I’d thought I wouldn’t want to talk on a webinar, but when it came to it I just got on with it.

 

I’m sure I’ll cringe listening to the replay though & hearing myself waffling on!  Mind you, I’ve just put a terrible picture of me on here…*sigh* I do like to share the randomness!

 

Here’s to the next steps, and I’m taking you on them with me!

 

Bring it on!

 

Please leave me a comment and let me know what you think about webinars – as this is my first one, I’m really looking forward to subsequent ones.

 

Speak soon,

 

The not-so-glamorous Nikki

 

(oh come on, if you can’t laugh at yourself then who can you laugh at?!)




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  1. Barry Wells
    Barry Wells says:

    Hi Nikki, maybe there was a little to much information but hey ho it was funny 😉

    and like you said if you can’t laugh at yourself…..

    I don’t think you sounded silly at all Nikki, in fact you made me chuckle but in a good way.

    I know what you mean about antique laptops I have one as well but only use it as back up. I bought my daughter a referbished PC on eBay for £50 delivered to the door (just a thought).

    I’m also looking forward to the course work, which I’ll be starting this afternoon.

    I look forward to getting to know you better through the next few weeks Nikki, have a great weekend and I’ll be back soon.

    Barry.

    PS, I went to tweet your post but it only added the link, there was no text added so i’ll do it manually 😉

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Barry,

    Yes, I do have a tendency to overshare! Whoops! Maybe I should stop myself from writing posts at stupid times of night…I’m not sure that it does me any favours…

    I’m glad I made you laugh in a good way, it’s always reassuring to know that I haven’t come across as a complete idiot (I know, some parts are missing, so I can’t be a *complete* idiot).

    I’m going to go shopping this weekend and see what deals are out there at present laptop-wise – I don’t want a PC again as I want to be able to move it around easily & take it with me when I go to various places. So you never know, I might end up with another new toy to play with!

    I had a quick look at a couple of Sally’s tutorial videos in my lunch break, and I’ve got all excited about using the new theme. However, this one (as it stands at the time of typing!) was custom-designed for me, so I’m not quite sure how it’ll cope with transferring over to a new theme.

    Only one way to find out I guess!

    First things first – I will back my blog up, because if it all goes wrong I want to be able to salvage it without losing everything. After all, this blog goes back to December 2008, so I’d like to think there’s some value in here somewhere!

    Thanks for tweeting my post – I know, the social media side of things doesn’t work so well on here at the moment (rather poor on my part given my usage of social media), but I’m hoping that’s something else that will get sorted out through Sally’s coaching.

    Fingers crossed & wish me luck for the blog theme update!!

    Speak soon,

    Nikki

    P.S – Don’t worry, it’ll still be purple over here, that isn’t changing any time soon!

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  2. Dawn Kay
    Dawn Kay says:

    Hey Nikki

    I really think your laptop is gonna die on you misses so you’d better invest in a new one cause
    you wouldn’t wanna miss any of Sally’s course.

    Well done on talking on your first webinar!

    I thought you were very confident and chatty so I wouldn’t worry about anything if I were you…

    What do I think of webinars???

    Well I’d rather lap up the knowledge to be honest and take a backseat…..

    But I don’t think Sally is gonna let any of us do that (lol).

    Where is that Let’s face the music song from???

    I luv it and am gonna be singing it all day now!

    Congratulations again…

    And I’ll catch you on the next call.

    Dawn

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Dawn,

    I know, I was really hoping I could squeeze a bit more life out of it, but somehow I think I’ll be shopping around this weekend looking for a new laptop! I don’t want to take the risk of not being able to access any more of Sally’s webinars and I certainly don’t want to lose all the work that’s on my laptop at the moment.

    That’s very kind of you to say that you thought I sounded confident and chatty; I just think I sound like a mad woman! I’m still not sure that I’m brave enough to listen to the replay though, it might send me into hibernation!

    The song, hmm, let me see…. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNbjnf1p5eI there you go. Now you can listen to that and then tell me off when you can’t get it out of your head!

    Yep, speak to you on the next call!

    Nikki

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  3. Nigel Yip
    Nigel Yip says:

    Hey Nikki

    Fantastic blog post and too much information???? Lol!! Not really at all, I’m liking your style, it’s refreshing and entertaining. Btw Congratulations on attending and speaking on your first webinar!!!! I also thought you sounded very confident too on the webinar – I look forward to seeing your progress and best wishes with everything and happy laptop shopping!!!

    Have a wonderful weekend
    Nigel

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Nigel,

    Thanks, I do like to overshare but figured it’s part of who I am, so it’s staying! If it ever gets too much then please tell me, I don’t want to start offending people! Well, not too much, anyway…

    I’m glad you also thought I sounded confident, I was just rambling on in my own little world…but if it didn’t sound awful, then I guess that’s a good thing!

    I actually bought a laptop this weekend, and it’s been delivered today, so I shall be getting that up & running over the next couple of evenings. Then I’ll be updating this theme, so things will be looking rather different around here soon.

    Hope you had a good weekend too, catch you on the call on Thursday!

    Nikki

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  4. Sally
    Sally says:

    Hey Hey Nikki,

    I love the photo of you with the headset – very personal – and made me smile,
    I look like a total muppet in mine ha ha.

    You did fab speaking on the webinar, it’s kinda cool isn’t it, I love speaking
    on them now, but I used to be terrified.

    I look forward to seeing your blog revamped, the theme I recommend
    is very flexible so you dont need to hire a coder every five mins lol.

    Hope your new laptop is on the way and give the imaginary cat
    a lil stroke for me (took me a while to get that joke – I must be slow)

    Catch ya laterrrrrrrr

    Sally x

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Coach Sally!

    I do look like a muppet, that’s the point I was making! But it made me laugh so I thought I’d share it – yes, there’s a real person behind this blog, and I don’t take myself too seriously (I know, you’d never had guessed!).

    Thanks for saying that I did well on the webinar – it was my first one and I thought I’d be a lot more nervous – previously I’ve always stayed away from that sort of thing (not intentionally, but it’s just happened that way). I just hope I haven’t messed your recording up with my random ramblings!

    I’ve had a text from Chris; my new laptop has been delivered so it’s waiting there for me to go and pick it up after work (I’m typing this on my lunch break in between feasting on leftover shepherd’s pie – more glamour for you there!). So tonight I shall be sorting it out & getting everything installed on it, and then tomorrow (Tues) night after work I shall be updating this blog theme and getting that all sorted…aarrrgggh!

    I spoke to my brother (who created & installed this one for me) and he’s given me simple instructions to follow to make sure the new theme will install to the right place (because I’ve got both NikkiStephens.com and NikkiStephens.com/blog running from the same installation). So by Wednesday morning, this blog will be looking totally different! Although of course it’ll still be purple…

    I’ve just been watching your tutorial videos on the plugins as well so I’ll be setting all of those up – this sleepy peaceful blog won’t know what’s hit it!

    I’ll let you know once it’s all up & running again…

    Speak soon & see you on the call on Thurs!

    Nikki xx

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  5. Ian Ieba
    Ian Ieba says:

    Hi Nikki

    Great post!

    I understand what you mean by laptops, Sally’s first webinar; ”introduction to the course” I missed the first 20 minutes due to my firewall not allowing me to connect – Thank heavens for replay’s! 🙂

    Last Thursday’s webinar as you say was brilliant and during this week I will be going through the course work, I have already started to make small changes to my blog. I am thinking about changing the header and using a new colour theme?

    I have done some pretty scary things in my time, but speaking live on last week’s webinar scared the living daylights out of me … sweaty palms and all! 🙂 Hopefully next time won’t be as bad.

    Have a great week Nikki

    Take care, catch up soon

    Ian

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Ian,

    Oh it’s been an endless issue! My laptop (old one) was sooo ancient and slow, it’s been reformatted and stripped down god knows how many times, but the newer programmes just require more processing power than it could handle. Luckily I found myself a bit of a bargain on Saturday so that was really pleasing! I now have a new toy to play with so I think I’ll probably fall off my chair with shock when I see how fast it is.

    I’m going to go for a complete revamp on this blog. I was lucky enough to have my brother design this theme for me (completely customised), but as I’ve had it for about 2 years, maybe more, it’s time for a change, particularly if I want to step my marketing up to the next level. Having watched Sally’s video on the Flexibility theme, I’m going to go for that as it means I won’t have to trawl through the code changing the colour of everything to purple – the Flexibility theme will do it all for me.

    Anything that makes things easier for me has to be a win!

    As I said to Sally above, I hope to get a lot of these changes implemented over Tuesday night when I’m at home – here’s hoping I don’t mess it up or lose everything! I might try creating my own header using one of the Flexibility ones as a template, as then I can add the picture of me that Sally requires (probably not the one from this post, funnily enough!). But we shall see – I’m not known for my artistic tendencies so I may have to leave that one to the professionals.

    I’d think now you’ve spoken on one webinar, you’ll be less nervous about subsequent ones – I think I was just so pleased to have been able to make it that I forgot all about having the fear or worrying about what an idiot I sounded – that being said, I’m not looking forward to listening to my voice on the replay!

    Catch up soon, and let me know how you get on with the blog redesign,

    Nikki

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  6. Barry Wells
    Barry Wells says:

    Hi Nikki after receiving your email I had to come over and have a look at the new header.

    Fantastic is a small word for such a great looking header and blog. You’ve done a great job Nikki, be proud, very proud of your achievement.

    It look so much better than the last theme. I can see you’re going to be amongst the stars, with or without the Broomstick 😉

    Congratulations and a huge thank you for your response to my contact earlier, you’ve been a great help Nikki.

    Respect and Regards, Barry

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Barry,

    I’m glad my somewhat lengthy email helped – sorry for rambling on! At least you managed to get something from it, so that’s a bonus!

    Yes, my header looks brilliant doesn’t it! I got my trusty designer to do it for me, he’s absolutely amazing & turns work around really quickly.

    Thanks for being the first to comment since I changed the theme, it’s definitely growing on me! It looked terrible when I first changed it over, but now I’ve got a sufficient amount of purple here I feel a lot more at home.

    Speak soon,

    Nikki

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  7. Jacinta D
    Jacinta D says:

    Hi Nikki,

    I am loving the new look! Tis very swish. Like you love purple I love my blues. I am slowly revamping my blog, but I am not so sure on changing the theme just yet.

    Tis like throwing out and old favourite coat. :-O

    I am glad you are learning so much more with Sally. You seem so much more motivated and excited this time around.

    I remember visiting here when you were learning last year with AJ.

    I missed today’s webinar, couldn’t get out of bed when the alarm went off.

    Hopefully I will make it to next weeks one.

    See you back here soon! 😎

    Cheers

    JAcinta 😀
    Jacinta D recently posted..Raymond Aaron – 2011 Blueprint Seminar – Part 4

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Jacinta!

    I agree that it’s like throwing out an old favourite – im my case it had an emotional attachment as well as my brother designed my last one for me (to my specifications). So I had that additional thing of getting rid of something that had been personally designed for me.

    I am learning loads with Sally! She explains everything with sufficient details that I understand *why* we’re doing something, and gives me clear instructions which I really like. If left to my own devices I tend to wander off and lose focus, but when I’m given instructions (assuming I’m happy to receive the instructions of course!) then I like to follow them. After all, I only have myself to blame if I don’t!

    I’m sure the webinar will be up soon, I took loads of notes again (& spoke again).

    Speak soon!

    Nikki

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  8. David Taylor
    David Taylor says:

    Hi Nikki,

    First, I know what you mean about hair taking ages to dry. It takes me a minimum of two seconds and maximum of FIVE! I mean, really! That’s five seconds I’ll never get back. But that’s the price of beauty I suppose 🙂

    Second, love the new blog. Steve did my graphics too and he always does a great job. Well done for speaking on your first webinar. I still haven’t spoken on one yet. I usually just type in the question box.

    Glad you’re enjoying Sally’s coaching and I look forward to finding out how it’s going.

    All the best,

    David
    David Taylor recently posted..The best result I’ve had writing something!

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey David,

    Ha ha – yep, those 5 seconds can never be reclaimed! I do have a tendency to overshare…whoops! Oh well…just goes to show that I don’t take myself too seriously!

    Thank you for the compliment on my blog redesign. Steve’s such a great designer and is remarkably patient with me when I’m rambling on. Plus his work is incredible and such a quick turnaround as well – it’s not like you have to wait weeks for something to be done!

    Speaking on the webinar – hmm, I still don’t like the sound of my own voice, but then that doesn’t stop me jumping into conversations in real life so I figure the online world has to put up with me as well! It’ll be when I start doing videos that I’ll probably become hyper-critical of myself.

    Yep, I’m really enjoying Sally’s coaching so far, I’m learning all sorts of new things and it’s actually useful information that I can implement, so I’m really happy!

    Go on, speak on the webinar…you know you want to!

    Catch up with you soon,

    Nikki

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  9. Hilary Dickinson
    Hilary Dickinson says:

    Hi Nikki

    Yes I love the new look – I’ve watched your blog go through its two metamorphoses and it is definitely building on solid foundations.

    That’s something I always make sure that my students have when I’m teaching them maths or English in my day job.

    Far too many people don’t take time to build their foundations properly and having worked with bricklaying students I’ve seen what happens if the foundations aren’t solid or the courses of bricks straight and level and I can tell you that it is not a pretty sight!!

    It’s also something we need to be really aware of in our online journey and one of the ways of getting those foundations really well set is to take coaching.

    I’m really pleased that you are enjoying Sally’s coaching – I cannot believe that was your first ever webinar – you mean you didn’t stay up for one of Alex’s late night marathons??

    I’m really enjoying my coaching with our old friends GazzMan and Garry – I’m learning so much and really pushing my personal boundaries by working with my husband on techie stuff at the moment (I’m his apprentice!).

    We have so many opportunities we would be foolish (even more than the piccie in the zebra stripe!)not to take the good ones.

    And don’t worry about the sound of your own voice – it sounds totally different when it reverberates around your own head – it will never sound the same to you on recordings. I know, I had to do lots of talking on headsets in a previous life…

    Meanwhile enjoy the coaching and putting into practice what you have learnt.

    Hils
    Hilary Dickinson recently posted..Take Time for Ourselves

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hey Hils,

    Yes, of course, you and I have been connected since the very beginning!

    Laying foundations is something that Sally is teaching in this course – there have been various changes behind the scenes here as well as the overall look, all of which make this a much more efficient and effective blog.

    No, when I was on Alex’s first course I didn’t have the internet at home, so I couldn’t make any of the webinars. I watched / listened to the replays when I could, but it wasn’t ideal.

    I didn’t realise you were on Gary & Garry’s coaching – I gave it some serious thought but at the time I was in the middle of moving house and so I just couldn’t afford that additional expenditure. I’m incredibly lucky that I won a free place on Sally’s coaching as it’s been really productive so far.

    Thanks for coming over here Hils, catch up with you soon!

    Nikki

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  10. Lucy
    Lucy says:

    This is a bit late for the subject but, being a veteran of listening to many a webinar I have to say the best part of the webinar for me is the personal insights given in the conversation. I know we can glean a lot of info by searches etc. but the ‘intimate’ feel of the webinar is great for loosening up presenters to give ‘gold’. This is why we endure them, the first half hour is the torture of the ‘let me just tell you my story’ that lasts for wayyyyyy toooo long (thats when I get a cuppa). Sure the listener wants to know that the presenter has experience but keep it short please, take my advice and sprinkle your story into the whole experience you will not lose listeners that way. That being said webinars are a great medium for gaining followers, ppl that otherwise may not have heard of you at all have just had a chat over a coffee with you. How cozy, it all works to gain the three good friends of sales = know, like, trust.

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    Nikki Reply:

    Hi Lucy,

    The end bit of your comment is the most crucial bit – it’s all about getting people to know, like and trust you. Not in a deceptive way of course!

    I haven’t been on webinars before this Learn With Sally course, but I can imagine that some of them are just used as pitch-fests (“here’s me with my expensive cars, my £90k days etc – you want to be like this don’t you”). You’re right – we want to know about the person, not some sort of fake-glamorous world.

    Something to remember if I ever do my own webinars – people won’t all want half an hour of me ‘selling’ myself to them!!

    Thanks for commenting Lucy, speak soon,

    Nikki

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