The term "webinar" is a portmanteau of web and seminar, meaning a presentation, lecture, or workshop that is transmitted over the web. The coined term has been attacked for improper construction,[2] since "inar" is not a valid root. Webinar was included on the Lake Superior University 2008 List of Banished Words,[3] but was included in the Merriam-Webster dictionary that same year.[4]

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In general, web conferencing is made possible by Internet technologies, particularly on TCP/IP connections. Services may allow real-time point-to-point communications as well as multicast communications from one sender to many receivers. It offers data streams of text-based messages, voice and video chat to be shared simultaneously, across geographically dispersed locations. Applications for web conferencing include meetings, training events, lectures, or presentations from a web-connected computer to other web-connected computers.
Depending on the technology being used, participants may speak and listen to audio over standard telephone lines or via computer microphones and speakers. Some products allow for use of a webcam to display participants, while others may require their own proprietary encoding or externally provided encoding of a video feed (for example, from a professional video camera connected via an IEEE 1394 interface) that is displayed in the session.

Having a great product and some charm isn’t enough. The reality is that your webinar audience is diverse in their budget, trust and communication style. You need to be skilled at appealing to a wide audience through a variety of sales strategies, while consistently spelling out the benefits of what you have to offer and how you can bring value to their lives.
In 1992, InSoft Inc. launched Communique, a software-based Unix teleconferencing product for workstations that enabled video/audio/data conferencing. Communique supported as many as 10 users, and included revolutionary features such as application sharing, audio controls, text, graphics, and whiteboarding which allowed networked users to share and manipulate graphic objects and files using simple paint tools.[10][11]
Web conferencing software is invoked by all participants in a web meeting. Some technologies include software and functionality that differs for presenters and attendees. Software may run as a web browser application (often relying on Adobe Flash, Java, or WebRTC to provide the operational platform). Other web conferencing technologies require download and installation of software on each participant's computer, which is invoked as a local application. Many web conferencing vendors provide the central connectivity and provisioning of meeting "ports" or "seats" as a hosted web service, while others allow the web conference host to install and run the software on its own local servers. Another installation option from certain vendors allows for use of a proprietary computer appliance that is installed at the hosting company's physical location.
Rather than the 7% or so fee investment banks may charge for flying planeloads of investment bankers around the world, companies like Slack can simply hold a webinar. — Michael J. Coren, Quartz, "After Slack, the IPO market might never be the same," 19 June 2019 Emily's List: An organization dedicated to electing prochoice Democratic women to office by guiding women through their campaigns from start to finish, with trainings, webinars, and volunteer support. — Glamour, "Here’s How You Can Help Women in States With Extreme Abortion Bans Right Now," 15 May 2019 The Liquor and Cannabis Board plans to hold a webinar on October 16 to address questions about its reevaluation of edibles. — Heidi Groover, The Seattle Times, "Washington to ‘reevaluate’ marijuana edibles, crack down on products that might appeal to kids," 5 Oct. 2018 The initial program ran for 12 weeks, with three in-person gatherings in New York, in Austin, Texas, and at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., as well as weekly webinars and weekly individual training sessions with each publisher. — Lukas I. Alpert, WSJ, "Facebook Gives Local Newspapers Tips on How to Boost Subscriptions," 2 Aug. 2018 Correction: This story has been updated to reflect FMCA’s planned webinars are on social media training and video recording. — Maria Elena Vizcaino, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Florida League of Cities launches organization for local government spokespeople," 26 June 2018 Those looking to ditch their day jobs and start an online business that’s more than a side hustle can tune into a webinar with Regina Renaye, who founded her own virtual assistant business, Anywhere Admin. — Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Weekend business agenda," 29 June 2018 The proceedings will appear via webinar at https://alabamadcnr.adobeconnect.com/redsnapperconference . — Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "White bass, wild turkeys and red snapper in the outdoor news," 21 Mar. 2018 Those looking to get started in the real estate business, even with no prior knowledge, are invited to log in to a webinar on how to make money in real estate investing. — Margeaux Sippell, BostonGlobe.com, "Weekend business agenda," 7 June 2018
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