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Nowadays, it is increasingly common for people to work remotely; physical presence in the office is not always possible or desirable. It is therefore important that companies prepare their employees well for online work. For example, how do you conduct an online meeting? In our training offer for online working, you will find all training needed to make online working a success.

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Online training and presentation: in conversation with Leah

Training during and perhaps after the COVID-19 pandemic will require a different kind of approach. In this week's blog, we talk to Learnit expert trainer Leah. Within Learnit she bears a large responsibility for all training in the field of (online) training, also called "train the trainer" training. Through the years she has gathered a lot of knowledge and experience in this field.

To help you be a better online trainer and presenter during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, Learnit is hosting an interactive webinar on 9 February between 9:00 - 12:00 called: "Online training and presenting". Click here for more information. To give you a sneak preview, Leah tells you more about the webinar in the interview below.

Hi Leah! First of all, perhaps a simple question: in what ways does online training differ from classical, physical training?

In many different ways. I will explain one; you are not in the same room, but there is a screen between you and the participants. At first, that seems like an obstacle, an obstacle. But if you let that screen work for you and make it even more part of your training than the standard PowerPoint, then you can also use other online tools and thus enrich your training.

To what extent are you already familiar with online training?

Since March 2020, almost all physical training courses of Learnit have moved to an online form. Together with the team we have translated these to an online version, with adapted work formats, didactics and times. I had to figure out a lot myself, but also learned from colleagues, networks and Blogs/LinkedIn.

What do you really like about online training?

Online training remains training, with the other person coming to new insights and changing behaviour. It stays that way! An additional advantage, I think, is that since we have been training online, I have acquired so many new and interesting online tools myself. So, as a trainer, I have gained a kind of momentum in my own development.

And could you also indicate what you find less fun/difficult about online training?

I myself come from a school of educated trainers, where you leave a lot with the group, in other words, you are reluctant to give turns. That sometimes works less well online. There seems to be a greater threshold for contributing something. That is something I keep a close eye on in every online training.

You will be giving a webinar on this subject on 9 February, can you give us some idea of what you will be discussing?

We will work with online tools and you will get tips on how to promote interaction. So the participants get to work too; after all, it is interactive!

Sounds good, and what if I am not a trainer myself, is the webinar also interesting to participate in?

Yes, definitely! Nowadays, many people are meeting online. Tips for promoting interaction and various online tools can also be a good contribution for another online meeting.

Thank you Leah! Are you curious? Then click Here for more information about the webinar and sign up!

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The best tools for online meetings

Due to the second wave of the corona crisis, many people are currently unable to work physically in the office. As a result, you see and speak to colleagues less often. Sometimes, however, it may be necessary to schedule an online meeting with colleagues, because a meeting is necessary, for example. There are many tools available today that cater for this, think of Zoom, Teams, or even Skype. But what exactly are the differences between these tools? Read this blog and find out which tool suits you and your colleagues best.

1. Zoom

The advantage of Zoom is, among others, that you can easily share your screen with colleagues. Ideal if you want to give a presentation. With a free Zoom account, you can also add up to 100 participants to your video call. This makes Zoom not only ideal for meetings, but also for giving or attending webinars. Via a special URL link you can invite visitors to take part in your webinar and also save the webinar. Handy for people who could not attend the webinar live after all! Zoom has been in the news for a while, uninvited guests could sneak into an online meeting and eavesdrop on information. Zoom has, however, immediately responded to this and the security is now considerably tightened. Moreover, you also have the option to make your meeting extra secure by setting a password, for example.

2. Microsoft Teams

Perhaps the most important advantage of Teams is that you can change your settings per team. This can be very useful for employees working on multiple projects at the same time. For instance, you can add certain apps per team in your online work environment, set notifications per team and add specific channels. Because Teams is from Microsoft, the integration with the various Office channels runs smoothly. In short: Teams is a tool where teamwork is central. Chat, meet or share files with your teammates via an integrated smart workspace. But beware: if you want to use Teams, you'll need a Microsoft account. So using this tool is not useful if you want to meet with external parties. It's possible to use Teams via an app on your phone or via the web.

3. Google Meet

If you want to use Google Meet, all you have to do is send a link to your participants. When the meeting is scheduled, colleagues can join the meeting by clicking on the link. You will then be asked to enter a name and give permission to turn on your microphone and webcam. It can be as simple as that. The advantage of Google Meet is that it is part of Google. This allows you to easily add Google Meet appointments to your (Google) calendar. Because participants only need a link to be present at the meeting, Google Meet is also suitable for meetings with external parties. After all, no one needs to download a programme or app on his or her computer or phone first. It is good to remember that because of the corona crisis, you can currently stay in meetings for free. From 2021, it is expected that these meetings will be free for up to 60 minutes, after which you will have to pay for them.

4. Webex

Via Webex, it is possible to set up an online meeting in (large) groups. Originally, Webex was more a tool for giving and holding webinars. Please note: Webex is not a traditional webinar platform. In fact, the tool is not really suitable for giving webinars with acquisition purposes. Compared to Zoom, for example, you have far fewer interaction options. It does not matter what device or operating system you use: Webex has it all. Within this tool, it is possible to share your screen and it is also possible to use a live chat. Many Webex users report that the tool sometimes freezes up for inexplicable reasons, so be prepared for possible start-up problems.

5. Skype

Many people will know Skype as a means of communication between family or friends. Nowadays Skype is also a serious player for companies that often have to deal with online meetings or other online appointments. The advantage of a Skype business account is that you can integrate it with Microsoft Teams. This makes it easier to, for example, exchange large files with colleagues. In addition, Skype also has a whiteboard function, where you can directly place a poll. This ensures that people can interactively participate in a meeting. However, there is one disadvantage of Skype: people need to have a Skype account and have to install software for this. So, it is better not to plan an impromptu meeting with Skype, unless you know that your colleagues or fellow meeting participants already have an account.

At Learnit we work with Zoom ourselves for our online training and webinars. This enables us to tell and teach you everything about organising a Zoom meeting. In 2 sessions of 3 hours you will learn all about organising a Zoom meeting. View our training Here.