Have you ever sat through a 2 hour webinar listening intently – or at least paying attention occasionally and thinking to your self…   "OMG.. this is so full of information – once I apply this I'll be right"! 

Frantically taking notes – trying to make sense of everything that is being said… only to look back after the webinar at the pages and go  "HuH".    Or to get to the end of the webinar and wonder – now what was that about… that thing they said to do…. ahhhh can't remember..  and scratch madly around in the piles and piles of notebooks, scribble (well it's not really scribble – its important stuff) pads and such you have accumulated from ALL the webinars – on totally different topics… 

Do you remember sitting in class at school – the teacher going on and on and on…  and occasionally you would take notes or get an activity to do.  

Or more recently – do you recall your University  lectures… thankfully modern technology has invented recording devices.. but just say you actually were listening.. or dozing (oops that was me..) and you were frantically writing notes – only to get to the end of the class and think –  what does that really mean..

Or ARE YOU A DOODLER?

I have two pieces of advice to give you on how to get the most out of the next webinar you attend.

Before I give them to you though…please listen to this video… on why I am giving you this advice for FREE…

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So, I have trouble remembering things.. or more particularly – getting the message.

I need to go over things time and time again, write it down, talk about it… watch it being done… and sometimes I still don't get it. 

Its totally frustrating…   but it would seem I'm alone on this… 

When I googled "how to get the most out of webinars" – there were only solutions for those presenting them… not those receiving them.

There were tips for how to learn from lectures – and since webinars are kind of lectures..here are my pointers…

But, before I go there…  FIRST – I feel it's important that you know how you learn…  I'd like to suggest that you find out what your learning style is…  Why   … der – because I like to see you suffer…. No silly, because it will totally help you get more out of webinars..

Here's a couple of quizzes I have – with solutions…. and tips on how to manage your learning style to the best of your advantage.   

 

Well, do you learn by listening, seeing, doing, taking notes, repeating things, verbalising …

Now that you know your preferred learning style – and some strategies to make sure you are on track to learning well… here also are some more tips.

8 TIPS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF LECTURES…

  1. Listen
  2. Write accurate notes –  sum up the gist of each section of the lecture…   don’t write it all word for word,   draw if you must
  3. Wrtie keywords or signs that will draw your attention to points quickly     highlighting things allows it to sink it more and connects it for future reference.
  4. Write questions as you listen.. doesn’t matter if you get to ask the question – its just to solidify the content in your mind…  it also gives you a reason to explore the content in more detail later.
  5. Be proactive in your listening –  note whether you agree or disagree,   use single words or short phrases  – such as nonsense, unverified, explore further..
  6. Consider developing a short hand style –  – fyi – u kno how yth of 2day rite, – c u later.
  7. Define a technique to organize things –  different colours, stars, unline boxes –  around similar ideas.
  8. Possibly meet up with a buddy after the webinar and go over each others notes 

 

Confusion is not the most productive of mindsets I have discovered.

Ive joined a lot of programmes in the last few months  to expand my mindset and had some intense learning situations.

Yet to sit and recap to you what I have learned – is difficult.

 Since Webinars and Lectures involve a lot of LISTENING.. I realised that some of the techniques I employ whilst engaged with clients doing coaching and counselling over the years may be useful to apply to webinars and videos.

Things to do during a webinar…

  1. Ignore distractions
  2. Be Present – listen to what the person is saying
  3. Listen to the content    not the characteristics of the speaker –
  4. Note Take  – try to replace some of the words with your own
  5. Listen even though you may know what is going to be said
  6. Occasionally stand and move – to keep your circulation going..

 

Things NOT TO DO while listening

  1. Two things at once
  2. Get distracted by –  the tone of the voice, whats happening in the background.. theirs or yours…
  3. Disregard what is being said – as unimportant or "I know that"

 

TIPS FOR LISTENING.. 

 

MIND MAPPING is a great concept  – it helps you to get your thoughts in place when you have an idea… it can also be used when listening to webinars.. 

Group together the main points and branch out the concepts and Ideas that are shared on that point..  Use pictures, different colours,  LARGER  and smaller writing.. dots dashes, arrows  – any symbols that will help you recall what is being said. 

www.iMindMap.com – has a free trial download.. if you want to get an example of how to do a mind map. 

 

1.   Prepare      

Work out the purpose of listening to the video

               What do you want to learn from the video

               How Important to you is what you are listening to..

              Focus on what you are doing..

2.   Preview

The human brain comprehends patterns that are familiar.   If you can preview the material that is being presented.  Just have an overview of what may be presented so your mind is able to appraise whether the information being presented is useful to you. 

3.    Listen

4.    Activate

Take what you have heard and look at the mind map you have created and take the time to review what you have written and heard.   Activating your mind helps your awareness of the lessons learned and makes the knowledge more familiar to you.   It gives you a flow of meaning and insight into the information you just listened to.  Take a break after the webinar to let things you just heard sink in… but come back and ask yourself questions about the webinar..  What did you learn, what did you hear.. what information will help you accomplish your goal…   what were the important points…   recall the main points and what you need to know 

 

 LISTENING TECHNIQUES 

Float

 

Face the person –  pay attention to the video and computer screen

(you tend to turn away from people you don’t like.. so if you find yourself dozing off, or looking at other things – perhaps consider whether this is the right person to be listening to)

Lean in-  participate –  if you want to hear someone in real life you move closer, lean in    – do this so you can catch everything they say

Open yourself to the other person..  don’t judge the information they are giving, or their presentation,  accept how they are doing things and focus only on the content..

Attend –  give them all  your attention… Focus

Track – what are they saying what do they mean how do they feel abut what they are saying  ar they enthusiastic informative to the point, engaging,.. boring..

 

Action Learning 

How Action Learning works 

 

This is a technique used in improving your work skills as a counselor – however I thought they may be appropriate to improving your listening skills on webinars and video trainings

If you learn by doing – this is a good technique to consider implementing.   It involves increasing your self awareness and developming new knowledge.

It will provide skills for making changes to future listenings

Action based reflection can help break routine and habitual ways of thinking about things and broaden your scope of how to act.

Consider the training you have listened to .. reflect on the experience of listening or participating in the training.. was it pleasant, did you feel comfortable.. could you have done listened better or been more present.  Did you like the presenters style…  was their anything you should have done differently – taken more notes, switched off the phone.. been more comfortable.

 

Plan for next time.. to implement the improvements.