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Our 1st webinar

When we were preparing for our first live webinar in just 3 days, we were under no illusions that it was going to be a walk in the famous Addis Ababa Unity Park 🤔.

Having this fact in mind, we failed to test our network & platform of our choice in advance, and do some rehearsals with dummy attendees.

At 6 PM local time, we just sat in front of our computers thinking... "this is big & sweet for us... Oh!... how wrong we were 😃. Despite having participated in many live webinars ourselves, we’d never actually run our live webinar. But we know the format has become increasingly popular so it was our time to give it a try.

We wanted to gauge the level of interest in the live webinar too. Why not? Actually some issues were in my mind: Would people register? Yes, in their droves with over 80 sign-ups from 13 countries, including Ethiopia. This was our best success! Then the day of the webinar arrived, and we thought we were ready. Twenty minutes before the webinar was scheduled to begin, there was a blackout at my home + internet disruption too. Then I set up a second computer as a webinar waiting room and a mobile phone as a source of data network. Our host dialing in from South Africa could not get access. No matter what buttons I pressed, how many times I shut down and restarted, the local network and the free platform were just not cooperating. The same happened to some of our dialing attendees too (Sorry🤕!) Those in the room were patiently waiting for the webinar to begin. The clock struck 6: 15..... 6:20... “There’s no sound.” “I can’t hear anything.” “There’s no audio.” “Hello?” Then the worst had happened. The streaming started glitching for our attendees. The horror begun 🥶 After the initial shock wore off, we knew we had to find some learnings from this experience. Of course, we will! Yesterday's webinar reminds us that each time we try something new, it will get easier each time. If we don’t get something right the first time we need to keep trying. The beginning is always the hardest. The first step takes courage. Only when the first step is taken, do we realize that it’s not all that bad! We are now confident. We want to take another step, and see what lies beyond. Thank you IMLEA 🇮🇳



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Dr. Yosef Cheru
Dr. Yosef Cheru
May 08, 2022

It was a stressful moment to be remembered and of ourse an opportunity to learn and the first step to be passed for future perfection. Thank you Dr. Melkamu for the courage you showed in the moment by performing two tasks simultaneously: coordinating the hosting process and presenting the first topic of the webinar beautifully! Thank you Dr. Ashish for your support!

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Melkamu Meaza
Melkamu Meaza
May 08, 2022
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Dear Dr. Yosef, You’re someone who makes a difference every day. So grateful.

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Melkamu Meaza
Melkamu Meaza
May 08, 2022

This is a great message to take each experience as an opportunity to learn. Looking forward to our second webinar (Dr. Aryamawit Neway)

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Melkamu Meaza
Melkamu Meaza
May 08, 2022

It's just beginning. We were good, let's plan the next,that's topic discussion (Dr. Getahun Wodalo)

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Melkamu Meaza
Melkamu Meaza
May 08, 2022

Dear Dr Melkamu, Greetings from India, My heartiest congratulations and best wishes for taking that first step on online platform towards your goal of increasing Medicolegal awareness in your state .Trust me,the technical glitches have happened with everyone and still haven't been extinct.The Covid situation atleast acted as a 'blessing in disguise' as far as the outreach is concerned through bombardment of online Webinars and definitely there were/ there are a few hiccups always,but ,then it gradually made us more accustomed to online webinars..I sincerely appreciate your and your all associated colleagues efforts in to taking forward the vision of MSME. It would also be unjustified if I don't mention the name of your expert speaker Dr Yusof who wholeheartedly took efforts…

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