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How do I attend virtual events or webinars?

Virtual events and webinars have become increasingly popular in recent years, allowing people from around the world to gather, learn, and interact without leaving the comfort of their homes. For seniors looking to dive into the world of personal technology, attending these online events can be both educational and enjoyable. Here’s a step-by-step guide to get started:

  1. Selecting a Device: You can attend most virtual events or webinars using a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Ensure your device has a working internet connection, speakers or headphones, and, if you’d like to participate with video or voice, a microphone and camera.
  2. Registering for the Event: Virtual events often require prior registration. Once you’ve found an event or webinar you’d like to attend, visit its registration page (usually provided as a link). Fill in any required details, such as your name and email address. After registration, you’ll typically receive a confirmation email with instructions and a link to access the event.
  3. Installing Necessary Software: Some virtual events use platforms like Zoom, Microsoft Teams, or Webex. If the event you’re attending uses one of these platforms, you may need to download the respective app or software. The confirmation email will typically include this information. Follow the provided links and instructions to install.
  4. Joining the Event: On the day of the event, click on the provided link in your confirmation email. This will usually open the event in your web browser or the relevant app. You may be prompted to enter a password or meeting ID, which should also be in your email.
  5. Navigating the Platform: Once inside the virtual event or webinar, familiarize yourself with the controls. Look for buttons that control your microphone and camera. In most webinars, attendees are automatically muted to minimize background noise. If you wish to speak or ask questions, you might have to “raise your hand” virtually or type your question in a chat box.
  6. Engaging and Networking: Take advantage of the opportunity to engage with speakers and other attendees. Virtual events often offer breakout rooms, chat functions, and Q&A sessions. Participate as you feel comfortable!

In conclusion, attending virtual events and webinars can be an enriching experience. By following the steps above, even tech newcomers can navigate this digital landscape with confidence.

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