Teleseminars by Springboard Training

Teleseminars by Springboard Training:
FAQs (Frequently-Asked Questions)

What is a teleseminar?
     A teleseminar is an information-packed seminar given by a qualified facilitator knowledgeable in her or his topic over a telephone (rather than over the Internet or in person or videoconferenced.) The session consists of lecture by the facilitator, discussion between participants, and opportunities for questions. A teleseminar is basically a conference call with lots of people in on the call. Think of it as a verbal “chat room” with a facilitator.

 

Why should I take a teleseminar?
     To
improve your skills and knowledge.  To get ahead in your career.  To help you communicate your ideas, business plans, products or services.  To receive training without having to travel or get dressed. To save time and money on educational opportunities.

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Why a teleseminar? Why not a “regular” seminar in a classroom or a conference room?
     So many of you—and we—are so busy there is little time for training.  Yet, we all need to continue honing our skills and learning new information.  We can squeeze an hour or two into our schedules but cannot justify the time spent in travel or away from our locations.  Many of us cannot afford the travel.  The teleseminar investment is all there is to pay for. The times are scheduled so that you can take advantage of one of them no matter when you are available. You can put the kids to bed and get in a seminar in the late evening.  If you’re a night-owl or early morning person there’s a time that meets your schedule.  If you can squeeze in a session over lunch you can munch quietly while taking a teleseminar.  If you want to wait-out the commuter traffic and be productive while waiting there’s a time that fits your needs.  Teleseminars are convenient and no-nonsense, covering a lot of information in a short amount of time.  There are no get-acquainted ice-breakers taking up the first half-hour of a seminar; no breaks; no games … just straight-up content.

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Who facilitates the teleseminars?  Is this legitimate?
     Sylvia Henderson, Chief Everything Officer (CEO) of Springboard Training, personally facilitates the teleseminars. Sylvia occasionally invites guest facilitators, but whoever facilitates a Springboard Training teleseminar has equally-legitimate qualifications.

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Can I get as much from a teleseminar as I can from a seminar in person?
     As you would an in-person seminar, you get from a teleseminar what you put into it.  You receive handouts just as you usually do an in-person seminar. Teleseminars start and end promptly so you get a full session experience.  If the session is a two-way session, you get to ask questions and receive responses from the facilitator and from other seminar participants. Roll may be taken. You will not see the others in the seminar but you will hear them if they ask questions or make comments.  And unlike an in-person seminar, you will not be seen.  Therefore, you can participate in a teleseminar looking any way you want to look, wearing anything you want to wear (or nothing at all!)

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Can I get my questions answered if the teleseminar is one-way (listen-only), or get additional information after the teleseminar ends?
     Yes. Typically, a one-way (listen-only) seminar is such because it is being professionally recorded. This enables you – or anyone unable to attend – to purchase the recording at a later date, after the teleseminar. You can arrange a consultation with the seminar facilitator after the teleseminar. The seminar itself must start on time and end at the scheduled time because of the arrangements with the conference bridge provider. The facilitator can provide consultation information and fees upon request.

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Can I record the teleseminar or make copies of the handouts?
     The teleseminar is a one person/one fee event (unless registered as a group—see group arrangements information, below.) Recording is not allowed.  Some seminars are professionally recorded.  Audio cassettes (or CDs) of the actual teleseminar are available for purchase, along with their respective handouts if applicable, after the seminars.  The handouts are copyrighted by Springboard Training.  Any duplication other than a single copy, fair use situation is liable for prosecution under copyright laws and requires the written permission of Springboard Training. You receive clear, professional-quality recordings and original-copy color (if appropriate) quality handouts with this arrangement.

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How do I get the handouts?
     Upon payment of your teleseminar registration (if applicable), you receive the handouts for the teleseminar – either by e-mail or via a download link provided after payment..

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How do I participate in the teleseminar?
     First, you register for a teleseminar given at a time most convenient for you.  Upon full payment you receive an access number and access code for calling into the seminar bridge line at the appropriate time (times are Eastern Standard Time—EST—so you will have to determine your own local time.) You will also receive specific protocol instructions, the appropriate handout package, and a feedback form.  At the scheduled start time you call the bridge line (phone number), provide your access code and you become part of the conference call. Once the teleseminar begins you will feel as though you are on the phone with an associate or friend. When the seminar ends, you hang up as you do a regular phone call.  That’s all there is to it.

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Do I need, or can I use any special equipment or phones?
     All you need is a land-line voice telephone. Sorry … at this time you cannot use an Internet phone setup or cellular phone.  The server provider cannot handle such equipment and using it causes problems—for both you and the other participants. You do not need a computer or a videoconference set-up.

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How much does a teleseminar cost?
     Your seminar investment consists of the seminar fee (see the specific seminar schedule for individual seminar fees) and the cost of the long-distance call to the bridge line for the duration of the teleseminar. The majority of Springboard Training teleseminars fall within the $49.99-to-$99.99 (United States dollars) per person seminar fee range. Try using a long-distance provider who offers a discount on your long-distance telephone calls. International callers must take into consideration international telephone costs to the United States.

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How do I pay?
     Preferably, by e-payment (Springboard Training uses PayPal.com) or credit card.  We accept VISA and MASTERCARD credit cards only.  If you must pay by check, the check must clear prior to your receiving your materials (allow two weeks). Call or use the “Contact Us” communications if you have concerns or encounter problems. We can make alternative arrangements and be flexible, yet please remember…we ARE a business.

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I am an International participant. Will I have any difficulties?
     English—United States’ English—is the language spoken by Springboard Training’s teleseminar facilitators. You need a reading and listening command of the language at minimum and a basic verbal command of the language if you ask questions. We do not have translation or transcription services available to us at this time. The only other consideration for international callers is the international telephone service being used.

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If I am an employer, can I use teleseminars as part of my education budget?
     Absolutely!  A teleseminar is an excellent way to save on travel costs (no travel involved) and employee time spent in a seminar that would normally be spent away from work. Since it is a seminar—with information pertinent to an employee’s immediate job or overall career—it is an educational opportunity and can therefore be expensed to your education budget.  The respective handouts involved (if any) are part of your educational materials budget.  You can enable more employees to take advantage of the training opportunity. All they need is an hour (or whatever time is specified for the seminar) of their time and a quiet room with a voice-line telephone.  The handouts are  e-mailed, downloaded by, or mailed to those who register for the seminar.

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 Can I have multiple people in my organization participate in a single teleseminar?
     Yes, with a multiple-participant registration. We offer volume discount plans for five or more people from one organization that allows coverage across multiple locations for the organization.  We can arrange for an exclusive teleseminar session for any one organization that commits to fifty or more registrants for a session.

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Does Springboard Training do anything other than facilitate teleseminars?
     Definitely!  Teleseminars are just one offering from Springboard Training—your springboard to personal and professional development. Go to the “Programs” and “Products / Tools” sections of this SpringboardTraining.com website to learn about the other learning opportunities we offer.

 

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