Real Studio Training Question

I’ve been giving some thought about sponsoring a monthly Real Studio webinar (I hate that name, by the way).  Either making it part of the Subscription Video Series I have available on the BKeeney Website or just limiting it to the first 20 or 30 people who show up on any given day.

If you were interested in that sort of thing, would you prefer:

  1. That we  (BKeeney Software) set the topic a week or so in advance and post it
  2. Allow the potential audience to submit questions beforehand and we pick the ones we want to cover
  3. Do an ad-hoc question and answer session the day of the seminar
  4. Combination of 1, 2, 3
  5. Something completely different

From my standpoint, #1 is the easiest for me.  #2 isn’t so bad and #3 has disaster written all over it due to the randomness involved.  I could see some wise-guy showing up and asking me to code something and then criticize me for a) being slow or b) doing it in a way they wouldn’t (meaning they knew how to code it to begin with).

I could see recording them and serving them up for later playback.  I could also see using these as opportunities to explore some of the 3rd party controls and libraries out there and inviting their developers on to talk about them.  Regardless, I think this is an area that could use some exploration.

So before I go down the proverbial rabbit hole on this, what say you?  What am I not thinking about?


3 thoughts on “Real Studio Training Question

  1. I can only speak for myself but I wouldn’t pay for #3. I would only pay for #2 if I knew the questions beforehand and they were relevant to me. I might pay for #1 but it would have to be WE related because that’s what I’m focusing my time on right now.

    The fact that has sketchy documentation lends itself to this kind of training but in my experience (other than Matt’s book) the 3rd party books and such are very basic. I’d want to know that I was getting something new if I’m shelling out money.

  2. I would go with #1. Maybe if you announce it a week before, people will certainly comment on it and you may get some input for actual program.
    Having this webinars could lead into people interested in a subscription. Especially if you limit live and recorded video to subscribers.

    By the way you will always be criticized for being to fast, doing it the wrong way or not explaining something. I know that, because I do trainings.

    PS: Giving away something like 5 free tickets for each show by a first come first serve basis would be a good thing to attract new subscribers. (of course limit it to one free ticket per email address or so)

  3. I agree with Christian. If the topic is posted a week+ in advance, it gives people with busy schedules the opportunity to evaluate if that topic is something want to see or if other work gets the priority. For my day job, I do that for all the webinars/webcasts/etc that go on.

    And always you cant please everyone so there will be one yahoo that will complain about something.


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