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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AnyMeeting Helps Introduce Technology to the International Classroom

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Jul 19, 2011) – AnyMeeting, the completely free web conferencing and webinar service, today announced that the Consejo Nacional de Alianzas Educativas (NCCEP – Mexico), an international non-profit organization that helps maximize the resources of public schools, is using its service to give webinars to teachers in Mexico. Part of a project called Alianzas Educativas, the webinars are designed to help teachers throughout the country become more familiar with computers and integrate technology into the classroom.  See the complete press release on MarketWire.

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.  Called Alianzas Educativas, the project’s goal was to bring together experts at universities and companies with teachers and classrooms that needed to better understand the issues related to technology and education.  As part of the project, the council wanted to host webinars in Spanish that teachers could attend, and was looking for a good web conferencing platform that could handle a large number of attendees.

Before beginning the project, the council and some of its partners started looking for an appropriate platform that could be used.  However, many of the web conferencing services they found required payment for limited access.  “With some of the services we looked at, we could not invite the amount of people we wanted, said Daniela Michel, Regional Coordinator, NCCEP – Mexico.  “This would force us to leave out even those who had kept in touch with us from previous training sessions.”                                                       

The Solution:  AnyMeeting

After investigating several web conferencing services, the council tried AnyMeeting, a completely free web conferencing service.  They soon found that AnyMeeting offered wide access with great connection stability.  “With AnyMeeting, we had the option to record the webinars and send them to our contacts,” added Daniela Michel.  “We also liked that AnyMeeting, other than a small plug-in for screen sharing, did not require any software to download, which made it easy to use.”

The only difficulty the organization faced was that many of their contacts do not speak English and could not understand how to gain access to the webinars.  To solve this issue, the council created an easy translation on what users needed to do as attendees or account managers so they could use AnyMeeting on their own.

Recently, the council has worked with the individual states in Mexico and the Department of Education’s Programa Escuelas de Calidad (PEC Program), to coordinate the project and introduce AnyMeeting as an ideal platform for providing webinars.  Many have already signed up for the service and have started using AnyMeeting with schools or other states to share information.

“We are very grateful for the amount of people we have already reached who attend our webinars today using AnyMeeting, and we want you to know that AnyMeeting has a bearing on Mexico’s education improvement,” Daniela Michel, Regional Coordinator, NCCEP – Mexico.

Organization  History

Established in 2006, the Consejo Nacional de Alianzas Educativas (NCCEP – Mexico) is an international non-profit organization that helps maximize resources of public schools through the creation and coordination of partnerships between governments, social organizations, enterprises, universities and other private and public institutions.

The council was made possible by the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the council’s parent organization, the National Council for Community and Education Partnerships, located in Washington, DC.

NCCEP – Mexico has benefited from the expertise and commitment of its partners in the United States, and is implementing the best educational practices from its sister organization, based on the successful work of two initiatives: GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) and Engaging Latino Communities in Education, sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  For more information, visit www.alianzaseducativas.org.

AnyMeeting’s New Support Center Answers Any Question

AnyMeeting has just launched its new Support Center.  Always improving our service, the new support center offers all of the same help you need to run a successful online meeting, including the search box for finding quick answers and our Knowledge Base for more focused support.  However, there are a couple of new features that will make it easier for you to find what you are looking for. 

The layout of the new support center makes it easy to navigate, with clearly marked tabs and folders organized by topic for quick reference.  Also, when using the search engine or filling out a support ticket, the support center will automatically find key words in your request and bring up possible matching support articles as you type.  Take a tour of AnyMeeting’s new support center and see how it can help you.