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How to Do a Test Webinar with WebinarJam

 
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Testing before your Live Webinar is extremely important. During a LIVE webinar, acting as a presenter and simultaneously watching as an attendee is not recommended as it takes up too much of your internet bandwidth, computer resources and can cause horrible feedback.

But by testing you can see how everything in WebinarJam works, how your webinar Settings should be, if your poll looks like you want it, if your presenter needs headphones, and how you need to handle delays.  

So how do you test?  Great question... first tip:  

DON'T USE YOUR LIVE WEBINAR

You don't want to test with your live webinar. Fortunately, WebinarJam two ways to test your webinar.  First you can click the "Test Your Webinar" button  
  • Go To My Webinars (Marked #1 Below)
  • Press the Test Your Webinar button (Marked #2 Below)

NOTE: Test Your Webinar clones your webinar behind the scenes, so this test webinar will not have the same webinar code.

NOTE: As this is a Test Webinar, registrants will not appear in analytics, notifications will not be sent out, it will not appear in the "On Demand Marketplace." If you wish to test these aspects you will want to use Clone Test  

 

In the popup that appears, you should see "Webinar Test" on the left.  Be sure it says "Webinar Test" so your Live webinar will not have any issues, then click "Presenter links."

Remember that until you, as the webinar open the room, no other presenters or attendees can go into the webinar room.   So you'll want to follow normal Enter Room Procedures.

See all the Steps to Start A Webinar

 


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Test Your Settings

This allows you to make certain your YouTube works. In another browser or another device, you want to watch your webinar. You want to make certain you aren't logged into your YouTube on this other browser or device. So you can watch for "Watch this on YouTube" or other issues.  

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Test the Control Panel

It is not required that you use the full Control Panel.  The sidebar control panel has most of the same elements.  But it's much easier to see if you can handle moderating chat and running the webinar or need to bring in a moderator during testing, than realizing it's all too much during your first real live session. The moderator can use the full control panel link, and watch as an attendee.

You can also make certain you understand how the videos play, polls display, and offers show in the sidebar.

NOTE: Most webinar owners and active presenters prefer using the sidebar instead of the control panel. The control panel link is a full page layout of the sidebar features, and is more useful to moderators.  

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Test as an Attendee

We recommend watching your webinar as an attendee in another browser or having a friend watch on their laptop or desktop. This can help you see how long delay is and verify that you do not have any issues that may result from your YouTube or gmail not working correctly with WebinarJam.  

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Test Screensharing

Screensharing is tricky for even professional webinar hosts. And while some webinar hosts may appear that they are able to switch back and forth and share the screen perfectly at the perfect size, truth is they have practiced, a LOT. 

Read more about How to Share Your Screen.

 


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Get Comfortable with the Delay

This is the time to learn about the delay between presenters and attendees and how you need to handle it.

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Involve Your Presenters

If you have multiple presenters, a quick run through is extremely important! This is when you will find out if that Google address that is not gmail will not work.

You'll also find out that not all your presenters have earbuds or headphones. You'll hear an echo effect or odd feedback noise if they don't wear a headset, so they will need to get headphones or be on mute for most of the webinar. 

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Clone Test

If you want to test the registration page, or analytics.  Then you can simply clone your webinar, change the name (so you can easily spot your real webinar from your test), and change the time. Then, test away! To Clone a Webinar
  • Visit My Webinars (Marked #1 Below)
  • Click Edit beside the webinar you want to Clone (Marked #3 Below)
  • Click Clone (Marked #4 Below)

 

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