Telesummits are live online events – similar to an online conference

A telesummit is a live online event where guests participate in online webinars, voice recordings or other broadcast interactive presentations. Successful entrepreneurs, coaches, consultants and online marketers often use teleseminars to build their list and brand.

What’s the difference between a telesummit, a teleconference, a teleseminar, and a webinar?

People often ask “What’s the difference between a telesummit and other live online events like webinars and teleseminars.

Simply put, a telesummit is a collection of recordings or webinars on a related topic, often with multiple speakers.

So while a webinar or teleseminar is often a single speaker on a single topic, a telesummit or virtual summit is a series of webinars, videos or teleseminars on related topics, often with multiple presenters.

What is a Teleseminar?

Telesminars are a phone/audio based live or recorded call on a specific topic. You can think of a webinar as being like an online or telephone based educational seminar. You can listen to a teleseminar live, or recordings may be available. You can listen to a teleseminar over the phone or on the internet or via special purpose built teleseminar apps.

According to Wikipedia:

Teleseminars are used to provide information, training, or promote or sell products to group of people interested in a particular topic. They are similar to traditional seminars, in content and purpose, but they are given over a teleconference or bridgeline rather than at a specific location.

It is an emerging way to communicate, provide teletraining, and conduct business without the cost of travel. The host of the teleseminar will schedule a specific time and date in advance to communicate with his/her audience. The audience can vary in size from a few callers to 1,000 participants depending on the capacity of the bridgeline used and the popularity of the topic being discussed.

These conference calls are typically recorded. There is typically a fixed period of time devoted to the presentation of information followed by another fixed period of time for questions and answers.

Teleseminars provide an opportunity for a host to provide information to a large number of people at one time. It allows a trainer to train many participants at once, one on many rather than one on one. It also eliminates the need for travel, expensive preparation and presentation material costs. These factors make teleseminars a very cost effective delivery method.

Teleseminars can be free or have a cost associated with participation for the students. The cost will vary depending on the content being discussed and the organization hosting the call. Despite the participation fee, the advantage for students is this medium does not require the hassle and expense of traveling to a live seminar. Participants can join the teleconference from home or anywhere that there is a telephone connection.

After paying the fee, participants will receive a phone number and pass code for the call. If there is no charge for the teleseminar, the phone number and pass code may be distributed via email or may be available on the company’s website.

Hosts may conduct many teleseminars on a specific topic over a period of a few days or weeks in a format that’s come to be known as a “telesummit.” A common form of telesummit allows participants to listen in for free, but pay for recordings and / or transcripts of the calls.

What is a Webinar?

A Webinar is an online presentation or video event, typically presented live (though it may also be recorded) and involving both audio and video components. The visual component of a webinar is typically a slideshow presentation (such as Powerpoint, Keynote, Google Slides, or Prezi), or a screen capture (popular when presenting techincal “how to” training). A webinar may also include live footage, though this is less common – if live viceo of people is used it is often only used as an introduction or for smaller parts of the webinar.

According to Wikipedia, a Webinar or Web Conference is an online audiovisual broadcast consisting of streamed audio/video content.

Web conferencing may be used as an umbrella term for various types of online collaborative services including web seminars (“webinars”), webcasts, and peer-level web meetings. It may also be used in a more narrow sense to refer only to the peer-level web meeting context, in an attempt to disambiguate it from the other types of collaborative sessions.[1] Terminology related to these technologies is inexact, and no generally agreed upon source or standards organization exists to provide an established usage reference.

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.

Typical features of a web conference include:[4]

  • Slideshow presentations – where images are presented to the audience and markup tools and a remote mouse pointer are used to engage the audience while the presenter discusses slide content.
  • Live or streaming video – where full motion webcam, digital video camera or multi-media files are pushed to the audience.
  • VoIP – Real time audio communication through the computer via use of headphones and speakers.
  • Web tours – where URLs, data from forms, cookies, scripts and session data can be pushed to other participants enabling them to be pushed though web-based logons, clicks, etc. This type of feature works well when demonstrating websites where users themselves can also participate.
  • Meeting Recording – where presentation activity is recorded on the client side or server side for later viewing and/or distribution.
  • Whiteboard with annotation (allowing the presenter and/or attendees to highlight or mark items on the slide presentation. Or, simply make notes on a blank whiteboard.)
  • Text chat – For live question and answer sessions, limited to the people connected to the meeting. Text chat may be public (echoed to all participants) or private (between 2 participants).
  • Polls and surveys (allows the presenter to conduct questions with multiple choice answers directed to the audience)
  • Screen sharing/desktop sharing/application sharing (where participants can view anything the presenter currently has shown on their screen. Some screen sharing applications allow for remote desktop control, allowing participants to manipulate the presenters screen, although this is not widely used.)

To learn more about what a telesummit is, and the difference between telesummits and other live events, listen to the interview with Leanne Webster from Telesummit success on how to host a telesummit.

Telesummit Success with LeeAnn Webster