Many of us have participated in online trainings and webinars, but have you ever wanted to know how to host your own online webinar? And then wondered how much does it cost and how easy (or difficult) it is to get started? I’ve been on many webinars and online trainings and have used several different platforms for hosting online webinars. While there are many companies to choose from, my favorite is GatherPlace. I prefer them for a few reasons. First, you can simply click a button and begin Hosting a Session without having to first create a session and then post or send a link with the webinar ID to the invitees. When you first click Host a Session, you can send out invites right from your admin console. Nice ‘n easy, just how I like it. Another great benefit is that they allow you to Host a session from both PC and Mac computers. No special downloads or setups, just click and go. As expected, they allow guests to participate in the session from any PC or Mac, as well as from any browser. This doesn’t sound like such a big deal on the surface, because most people use a PC and most people use one of the popular browsers. But when you start an online business that has a membership and you host online webinars or trainings, you (or your web guy) always winds up trying to appease the few oddball members who have a home-built PC with a foreign browser. It can cost you unnecessary time and money. I have run into zero issues with anyone joining any of the sessions we’ve hosted. Zero, nada, none. That’s good. Another feature I like about GatherPlace is that they have a tiered pricing structure that starts out pretty cheap and works it’s way up as your membership (and working capital) grow, so you don’t have to mortgage the farm to get started. And on top of that, they offer a 14 day free trial to let you get to play around with it to make sure you know what you’re doing before you go LIVE. It’s always a good idea to look professional in front of an audience. Besides all of the special features mentioned so far, GatherPlace offers all of the standard features that most of the other companies do. These include things like annotations on your presentation, the ability to record your sessions, VOIP teleconferencing, forms to embed on your site for joining a session, text chat, the ability to give presentation control to any participant in the session, multi-monitor support, conference lock-out (don’t allow anyone else to join), private branding and more. For the money, I’m a fan of GatherPlace, and I think if you give it a try you will be too.