Free Travel Writing Webinar
By Dave Fox
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
A few weeks ago, Wildland Adventures, the company I’m partnering with on my Vietnam Travel Writing Tour, invited me to host a live travel writing webinar. There was just one catch: They wanted me to do it at 2:30 in the morning, Vietnam time, to get maximum coverage in the English-speaking world. (When it’s 2:30 a.m. here in Saigon, it’s 11:30 a.m. in Seattle, 2:30 p.m. in New York, 7:30 p.m. in London, and 6:30 a.m. in Sydney, Australia.)
As it turned out, their coverage went far beyond that. More than 250 people in 18 countries on six continents signed up. (Next time, we will work harder on marketing to penguins so Antarctica represents.)
This felt a little nerve wracking. The Internet in Vietnam gets glitchy at times. I was terrified my connection might crash in the middle of it all.
We ran some tests and things were running smoothly. With an hour to go, I started feeling vaguely feverish. I gulped an espresso to get my energy level back up.
At 2 a.m., I met online with Pam and Jonathan from Wildland, who were running the show in their Seattle office. A crowd of people was already logged into our virtual “waiting room.” Our plan was to flip the switch to go live so they could see us at 2:28, and begin our presentation at 2:30 a.m. sharp.
We were all ready to roll. And then … at 2:25 … my connection dropped.
Being a trained professional, I handled this situation calmly by muttering a long string of extremely sophisticated profanities. Somewhere in there, I must have said the magic word because at 2:29, my computer reconnected. I stopped swearing. Pam started her introduction right on schedule, and other than one five-second glitch, the webinar went smoothly.
This was the first time I’d hosted a live webinar, and I must say, it felt strange sitting in my living room in the middle of the night, talking to my computer screen. I had an eerie feeling nobody was there, but we had a big crowd from places as far-flung as Peru and Chile, Laos and Mozambique.
For the first 30 fast-paced minutes, I offered my top tips from my travel journaling and travel tale writing workshops. Then, for another half hour, I answered questions about interviewing, note-taking, and writing techniques.
If you missed the webinar when it was live, you can watch the recording here:
… And if you’d like a really in-depth, hands-on, insanely fun travel writing workshop, then come join me in Vietnam on a travel writing tour with Wildland Adventures! You can learn more about the tour in this three-minute video: