AnyMeeting July eNewsletter

Feature Spotlight – Edit Recording Playback

Recording your webinar or online meeting is a great way to ensure that the information presented and discussed is available for all who were not able to attend due to prior engagements.  You can even easily share your recording by posting a link to it on your web site, so everyone can enjoy it whenever they like.

However, did you know that AnyMeeting also lets you edit your recording?  With AnyMeeting’s Edit Recording Playback feature, you can trim the beginning and end of your recording.  So, you can trim that awkward beginning when you are waiting for people to join and you’re preparing to share your screen, and you can tighten up the end so the recording stops at an appropriate time.  You can also add bookmarks or cue points within the recording that will take the viewer to specific sections of the presentation you feel are important to highlight.

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Customer Case Study:  NCCEP – Mexico, Alianzas Educativas

The Challenge
The Consejo Nacional de Alianzas Educativas (NCCEP – Mexico), an international non-profit organization that helps maximize resources of public schools, was starting a project that would help teachers in Mexico become more familiar with computers and integrate the technology into their classrooms. … Read More

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Tips for Better Presentations


I’m So Tired of This Webinar Aren’t You?
When you hear the word webinar, do you get excited?  When the boss comes into your office and says “There’s a webinar I want everyone to attend this week,” do you look forward to it?  In a recent national study, more people responded they would rather do their taxes, go to the dentist (Ouch!!!) or even come in to work on the weekend than attend the average webinar presentation.

So, what is the problem?  Why are people zoning out or literally falling asleep during my webinar presentation, which took me so much time and effort to put together?  Perhaps the answer lies in the presentation itself.

Often, we try to cram too much information into the presentation.  The slides end up clunky and text heavy, without the possibility of visual stimulation or audience interaction.  More often then not, there are too many slides, sometimes 20 or 30 slides when 8 or 10 at the most is best.

It can be difficult to cut out slides, but as you go through and refine your presentation, you’ll find there are ways to bring your presentation down to size.  Slides with bullet points work well and allow the presenter to address each point in his own unique words instead of reading a lengthy, snooze enducing paragraph directly from the slide that everyone could just as easily read themselves, and destroying any element of surprise for your audience.

Audience participation is also important to the success of your presentation.  Now I’m not saying give them a test at the end of your presentation, but asking pointed questions during your presentation and, perhaps even throwing in a joke or two to keep the mood light, will help keep your audience alert and engaged.  Images and short video clips that help illustrate your point can be helpful as well, especially if your subject matter is very visually oriented.  Above all else though, don’t forget to prepare and rehearse rehearse rehearse before giving your presentation.  Nothing makes people tune out more than a presenter who is not tuned in.  A great resource is Ken Molay’s The Webinar Blog, which offers tips and advice for better presentations.

What is the Presenter Wearing?
So you’re getting ready to host a video conference in about twenty minutes.  You have your presentation set, all of your attendees have confirmed and the computer you will be broadcasting from is ready, with webcam and headset installed.  The conference will last through lunch and you have a little time, so you fix yourself a quick bite to eat, even being careful to wear your napkin as a bib to keep from getting any food on yourself.

You finish eating and soon start the conference.  Everything is going swimmingly and your presentation is about ten minutes in when you start getting chat messages from your attendees asking what you are wearing.  Suddenly, you realize that you have been giving your entire presentation while still wearing the napkin you used as a bib during your pre-conference lunch.

Incidents like this happen more often than you might think, and sometimes they’re even worse.  I recently heard about someone who was giving a presentation from home and decided to take a quick dip in the pool before starting.  Not long into his presentation, his attendees started asking if he was naked, as he had forgotten to put on a shirt after getting out of the pool to join the conference.  Remember, before starting or joining any video conference, take a quick look in the mirror and ensure that you are “dressed for success.”

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Questions?
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Calling for Case Studies
We are seeking stories or case studies from companies using our service that we can share with the media and others as examples of the successful impact our service has had on companies.  If you have a story of how our service was used by your company to solve a problem or help the company to succeed, please tell us about it and we can use it as a case study that might even be featured in a major publication.  Click here to send us your story.

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AnyMeeting June eNewsletter

Feature Spotlight – Your Public Profile

One of the best features AnyMeeting offers has to be your own public profile.  If you haven’t used it yet, try it out, it’s like a social networking page just for you that can connect and talk to your other social networks.  The public profile is a great way to promote your meetings and yourself.

You can customize your page with a recent photo, links to your web site and information about yourself.  The profile page can also link to your Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn accounts.  Recordings of your previous meetings are stored on your profile page as well.  It’s easy to fill in and only takes a few minutes.  For more information, please see the AnyMeeting support site.

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Customer Case Study:  Self-Publishing-Coach.com

The Challenge

Self-Publishing-Coach.com is a great web site that offers resources to help and guide authors in getting their novels published.  However, many aspiring authors prefer to have more step-by-step instructions on how to get it done properly.  “Being a seasoned speaker and having a love for teaching and sharing knowledge, I decided to offer a “Get Your Book Published,” virtual class,” said Shelley Hitz Owner, Self-Publishing-Coach.com.  Unfortunately, she did not have the budget to use one of the premium webinar platforms available to give her class… Read More

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Tips for Better Presentations

Your Screensaver is Causing Me Problems

Screensavers are a great utility that come with every computer, serving as an entertaining way to prevent phosphor burn-in on your Cathode Ray Tube (CRT) or plasma computer monitor.  I personally have a family slideshow of pictures that comes up on my computer at home.  We often find ourselves watching the show whenever we walk by the computer as it is running.  However, screensavers can be a nuisance when you are sharing your screen during a webinar or an online meeting.

When hosting a webinar or online meeting, there may be extended periods of time when there is no activity on the screen.  If you are not careful, your computer may revert to the screensaver when screen sharing and your audience will see your family pictures or whatever screensaver (hopefully not an inappropriate one) you have set.  So, before starting your webinar or online meeting, be sure to check your settings and ensure that your screensaver won’t cause you any problems.

Are You in the Dark, Where are You?

A good thing to remember when you are getting ready to host a webinar and are using the video broadcasting feature is lighting.  Does the room you are broadcasting from provide enough light for people to see you?  Most web cameras do not broadcast well in dark rooms, so if there is not enough light, your attendees will only see a shadow of yourself.   Before starting your AnyMeeting video broadcast, it’s a good idea to run a system test on the computer you will be using.  The test will let you see how your image will appear to those attending your meeting, and you can adjust accordingly.

Energy saving lighting motion detectors is another thing to consider.  A lot of newer office buildings have installed them (I have one in my office) and if you are not moving around enough, the lights will automatically turn off.

Although they are great for controlling energy consumption in an office, they can be annoying for anyone giving a video broadcast.  Since there is not a lot of movement when you are presenting, the sensor will assume inactivity and will turn out the lights on your presentation.  So, if you are broadcasting from a room with one of these sensors, it may be a good idea to have an additional light source turned on so you are not left in the dark.

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Questions?
We are always looking for feedback and look forward to hearing from you.  Please send us your comments and questions and we will address them in future newsletters.  Click here to send us a question or comment.

Calling for Case Studies
We are seeking stories or case studies from companies using our service that we can share with the media and others as examples of the successful impact our service has had on companies.  If you have a story of how our service was used by your company to solve a problem or help the company to succeed, please tell us about it and we can use it as a case study that might even be featured in a major publication.  Click here to send us your story.

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