What is a teleseminar?
A teleseminar is people live on the telephone talking to each other and sharing information. Teleseminars are done in such a way that MANY people can listen in at the same time. There is usually a host (that will be me) and there can be a guest presenter / speaker – someone interviewed by the host.
Why a teleseminar?
It is a convenient and affordable way to receive training and information in the comfort of your own home.
- * There are no transportation or accommodation costs, making it very cost-effective (Big bonus with the rising cost of fuel);
- * Saves time – no traveling to and from the seminar;
- * You don’t need to get all dressed up;
- * It’s a way for people from different destinations to get together in one place, at one time;
- * It’s a great way to ‘see if we click’ if you’re thinking of working with me.
What do I need?
You need a normal telephone (landline).
If your reception is good (i.e. there is little or no noise on the line) you can use a cell phone as well, but sometimes there can be interference with cellphones, reducing the quality of the call.
A notebook and pen will come in very handy as the calls are packed with high value content.
How does it work?
It’s easy to be part of a teleseminar. When you sign up, you will receive an email with all the call details. Typical information includes:
- * Name/Topic of the event
- * Day of the event
- * Time of the event
- * Telephone number to call
- * Special access code number (also known as a conference code)
At the time of the call, you pick up the phone, dial the telephone number provided to you in the email. A recorded voice will welcome you and prompt you to enter the special access code number followed by the # key. You will then be instantly connected with other people on the same teleseminar / listening to the presentation / waiting for the host to start the call.
If you dial in early and want to say hello to fellow callers on the line, do jump in. It’s great to connect with people and hear where they’re calling from. At the start of the teleseminar, the host may mute the lines to minimise disturbances. At specific times during the call, the host may open the call lines to take some questions. Use these opportunities to get your questions answered. Chances are if you’e struggling with something, other people might be struggling too.
Why do I need to sign-up for each call?
In order for us to send the call information (date, time, telephone number and access code) to the correct people, we need to know who are interested in the call.
What if I don’t have internet at home?
No problem – you don’t need the internet. All you need is a normal telephone line.
What phone number should I dial to access the live teleseminar?
The phone number is a local number. The specific phone number and full dial-in instructions will be sent to you via email once you register.
What happens if I get disconnected from the live call?
You will simply need to call back following the same instructions to gain re-admittance to the conference.
How much does it cost?
Connecting and listening in to a teleseminar is the same as making a normal telephone call. It will be charged at standard telephone rates. The charges will be part of your telephone bill received for that month. Long distance international call rates might apply – depending on the number you use. Please note that the above information relates to the cost of connection only.
The cost of the teleseminar is separate. Some teleseminars are free and some are paid. If you need to pay for a teleseminar, it will be clearly spelled out in advance as you need to sign-up and make payment before you can receive the call details.
PS: Comparing costs for in-person training vs. virtual training (through teleseminars and webinars) makes virtual training extremely cost effective. Instead of all the costs for driving time, traffic headaches, high gas prices, accommodation, meals and bad weather you attend the training in the comfort of your home or office.
Can I save on my telephone costs when dialing in for a teleseminar?
Yes, if you have a broadband internet connection, download Skype and buy Skype credit to make calls to landlines via your PC. Making calls via Skype is much cheaper compared to normal Telkom rates.
(PS: I frequently make calls from Doha to South Africa. It is extremely cheap at about R18 for a one hour call)
How do I connect via Skype?
- * Open Skype on your PC
- * Dial the conference number directly
- * Once the call is connected, bring up the virtual dial pad to enter your special access code number (which will be supplied by email after you register for the teleseminar). While it does depend on your Skype version, the button to bring up the virtual dial pad usually looks like a picture of 9 small dots. Once the dial pad is open, you can click on the numbers with your mouse, or use your keyboard.
Normal skype rates will apply – please check out the costs with skype
Helpful training if you’re new to Skype
I have additional questions. Can I contact you?
Yes, you are welcome to contact me with any questions.