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Why Webinars are Something Else

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Ever attended a webinar? It's an online seminar you attend in real time by simply accessing a website. It's amazing--you attend a seminar while in the comforts of home sitting comfortably in front your desktop, laptop, or what-have-you. But you feel the presence of hundreds or thousands others in the webinar like all of you were in the same lecture room.

Can you imagine that? You skip the hassles of waking up early to beat the gargantuan traffic ahead just to make it on time to the seminar. All you have to do is wake up, wash your face, take your breakfast to your desktop, switch on your PC and "attend" the seminar. My dad didn't see this. He would've marveled and preferred it over traditional seminars. He was often invited as speaker to journalism seminars.

Actually, when we were kids, we had imagined something like this. Remember? When we played hi-tech, sci-fi imaginary games, we had come across this idea in our thoughts--communicating with people far away from you through some tiny television monitor and interacting with them, like what we saw on Star Trek. We all had dreamed about this. And now it's here. And it's become common. Familiarity breeds contempt. So, if you always see it, you stop marveling about it.

Webinars are now common to me--but somehow, they still amaze me now and then. You know why? You see, right now, as I'm doing this blog article, I'm also "attending" a marketing webinar--and taking my breakfast! You save a lot of time doing worthy things, and you're practically just enjoying them. Sometimes, I "attend" webinars while working out physically. You train yourself in mutli-tasking and that can be brain health for you.

There are also replay videos of webinars which enable you to pause while you attend to other matters or replay parts of the videos in case you need clarification.

I think schooling in general will one day evolve into webinars (or webschools?) when road traffic problems become helpless and people become super fanatics about saving time.

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