Technical Tuesday: Post – Guest Speaker using Skype

Post Event Followup:

I recently posted this:

Technical Tuesday: Guest Speaker using Skype

Just got back from the event and must say it was very successful. We had 93 in the audience which is about double our normal attendance.

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This meeting included to groups. The normal Family History Interest Group that normally meets here, and our neighbors, Morris County Genealogy Society. We used both rooms, making the room long, but the Sound System was fed to both room.

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Because of the lighting for the opening and introduction, the screen is washed out, but we have control over the lights. The presentation was very visible.

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A view from the Q&A. The screen is to the left.

The presentation was awesome. Thank you Megan.

As my first post mentioned, this was our first attempt at a Skype presentation and I want to document the two (2) technical issues we had.

1) The positioning of the Skype ICONs that are on the screen while the Presenter is using Power Point. In about 4 slides, these two ICONs. the Presenters ICON and the Viewers ICON were in the Lower Right corner and those 4 slides had a couple of words hidden.

Not one for interrupting the presentation, we didn’t try to move them. Just be aware of where they are to to move them as far “off screen” as possible. Ours were next to one another which was our real issue. The words that were hidden were also spoken. So, move the Skype ICONs (Image inserts) during the set up

2) Feedback. It took a couple of minutes to figure out why Megan was breaking up at time.

I have this bottom picture as a reminder. The WebCam is the Mike for our end of the conversation. Every once in a while, as the ‘noise’ from the room went up, the speaker was cutting out. The first step was to lower our Speaker Volume. Remembering that the room speakers were needed for the back of the room, but if the room noise built up, so we lowered the speakers a bit, and finally had to mute our Mike.

At a slight pause in the presentation, as the subject was being changed, I let Megan know that I had muted the mike. She could see us, but not hear us, so she wasn’t getting the normal audience feedback. Letting her know, appeared to be helpful.

The Q&A was handled by muting and unmuting the mike during the dialog. Both parties needed to be aware of what was going on. Next time, our instructions will be clearer on the Q&A.

All in all, technically, it appeared to work well, with the noted exceptions, but the Presentation was Awesome. Everyone were very happy with the presentation. Folks stayed around, longer then normal, just chatting.

I am making these notes, more for myself, but if anyone else does a Skype call, can certainly learn from our experience.

Note to self: Check into the One Day Pass to the upgrade offering by Skype on a one day basis.

2 Responses to Technical Tuesday: Post – Guest Speaker using Skype

  1. Me and my friend attended this meeting, and we really have a good time. It was very informative and the people were very friendly.

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