San Diego, CA: March 4, 2011: It wasn’t their choice. In fact, they would be standing in front of a crowd  right this very moment speaking, sharing, training, and entertaining, if they  could. But they can’t because too few people today are able to commit to buying  a seat at their live seminars, nor are they willing, or able, to spend the money  to travel to these events.

These days many would-be seminar participants are simply choosing to stay at  home instead.

With fewer live venues for speakers, many have begun to turn to alternative  ways of getting their message out to the world. Thanks to the fast-evolving  technology and the Internet, some professional speakers are finding that staying  at home can be very profitable.

Robert Imbriale is one such speaker who began seeing what the future of his  profession would look like in just a few short years. In 2004, he began hosting  live streaming video seminars for his clients. When he saw how well they  responded to the live video presentations, he started to offer more and more of  them, at times having hundreds of viewers around the world.

“For years,” says Imbriale, “teleseminars were great but limited in their appeal  to both the speaker and participant. When streaming video became possible, it  opened up many new possibilities for speakers and their audiences. Now that the  economy has slowed and affected so many in the speaking industry, streaming  video is fast becoming the one tool that can save our industry.”

But most professional speakers have yet to embrace this new technology even  though it could very well be the best solution to rapidly declining attendance  at  live events. “It’s the technology part of this that scares speakers, many of  whom  are not technically oriented,” says Imbriale.

But will streaming video really be the answer to declining attendance at live  events? All indications so far show that it may well be. Seminar participants  can view a live presentation from the comfort of their own home or office,  skipping the hassle and high cost of travel. Attendees can still participate,  ask questions, interact with fellow attendees, and feel like they really are  part of the event.

Participants can often season the flavor of a virtual event because they have  the ability to ask questions, make comments, share links and other resources,  and even take the virtual stage for a few moments.

In the coming years, look for more and more training to be done over the  Internet, which could spell the end of cold hotel conference rooms, airport  security, and uncomfortable beds for many professional speakers.

For seminar participants, in-home access to their favorite mentors could be the  answer they’ve been waiting for. Prices for such in-home events are generally  lower, and with no travel expenses, participants can easily attend more events  each year and still get access to the knowledge they seek.

Robert Imbriale is a professional speaker with a passion for technology. He has  been hosting live streaming Internet video seminars since 2004 and reaches  audiences worldwide. He consults with many professional speakers, and business  owners on using live streaming video events instead of traditional in-person  seminars, training programs, and conferences. You can find out more about Robert  at

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