Several years ago I undertook a year long course in a particular aspect of coaching. This involved several weekends in the year attending a physical two day learning session in London or I could stay at home and live-stream the event. The costs for the physical course or live streaming were very similar. I opted mostly for the physical attendance, but the very last weekend I opted for the live-streaming. I have to say it was extremely good, it was almost as if you were in the room and I, and the other live-streamers, was included in the discussions, the break out sessions were well managed with little groups of people able to chat with each other and see each other from all over the world. It worked very well indeed.
A year or so later I wanted to attend another course, this time with different facilitators. There were to be several physical weekends or live-streaming. I plumped for the live-streaming as I had such a good experience the last time. The costs of the course were similar to attending in person. What a mistake! This time basically there was a camera set up to video the main speakers. The camera did not move. The rest of the physical audience could not be seen. There was no interaction with the speakers or audience. The break out sessions were laughable with half of the people asleep, gone for a tea break or not interested in talking. At the end of the learning for the day the facilitators had to be reminded that there were still people live-streaming. They admitted they had forgotten about them. I didn’t attend any further sessions with them and gained a refund.
Beware of what is being offered to you. Ask what you are getting, how you are getting it, if you will be involved. Get good value for your money as these events are not cheap.
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