The Difference between Zoom ‘Meeting’ and ‘Webinar’

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(Source: Zoom)


Zoom Meetings are ideal for hosting more interactive sessions where you’ll want to have lots of audience participation or break your session into smaller groups.

Think of Zoom Webinars like a virtual lecture hall or auditorium. Webinars are ideal for large audiences or events that are open to the public. Typically, webinar attendees do not interact with one another. Though Zoom provides options for you to get more social with your attendees, your average webinar has one or a few people speaking to an audience.

Key differences

Here is Zoom’s detailed comparison (will open in a new tab). Below are some of the differences relevant when thinking about online training:

Feature Zoom Meeting Zoom Webinar
Participants can share their video/turn on their camera YES not available
Breakout rooms YES not available
Chatbox YES YES
Designated Q&A box not available YES
Waiting room (when participants join) YES not available