Happy Holidays from AnyMeeting

 

On behalf of everyone here at AnyMeeting, I would like to thank all of our avid AnyMeeting users for a great 2012!

If it wasn’t for all of you, we would not have been able to keep growing AnyMeeting, with exciting additions such as the Small Business Toolkit webinar series, the new YouTube feature, an updated user interface, integration with VMware’s Zimbra Collaboration, Single Sign-On from the Google Chrome Web Store, and so much more!

We hope that you’ve had a very prosperous and productive year, and we look forward to being your choice for web conferencing and webinars in 2013.  Happy Holidays and a very Happy New Year!

Costin Tuculescu, CEO & Founder

AnyMeeting Success Story Winner Announced

We have collected all of the entries for the AnyMeeting Success Story contest and a winner has been chosen.  Congratulations go to Dewoun Hayes from Elite Office Concepts, Inc. She submitted her story and a link to a presentation titled “Thinking Differently about Difficult People.”  The presentation was given to a group of administrative professionals, and it was the first time the group had used a webinar platform.  The group was pleased with the benefits AnyMeeting’s service offered, making the event seem like a live, in-person meeting.

By using AnyMeeting, Dewoun has been able to provide exposure for her business to a broader audience, reaching people from all over the world.  As a result, she has been able to expand her network, which has added to the success of her business.

As the winner, Dewoun will receive the grand prize of a new Google Nexus 7 Tablet. Submissions from the finalists will also be featured on Facebook.  We would like to thank everyone for participating by submitting some great success stories, and for using AnyMeeting for your web conferencing needs.

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?
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Calling for Case Studies
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AnyMeeting April eNewsletter

Bye Bye Freebinar, Hello AnyMeeting!!!

In case you missed it, we recently changed our name from Freebinar to AnyMeeting.  We are very excited about our new identity and appreciate the kind words and support you have given throughout this process.  But we couldn’t stop at just a name change.  Sure, the new name is great, but what really gets our blood pumping is the new features we’ve added.

We listened to your comments and suggestions and implemented one of the features you requested the most.  That’s right, video broadcasting is here.  Now when you are presenting, with the help of a web cam, your audience will see your smiling face as you give your presentation.  Your audience can grow as well.  Instead of 150 attendees, now up to 200 attendees can watch and benefit from your knowledge.

The change to AnyMeeting and the added features have gained a lot of attention publicly, both in the media and in the blogosphere.  AnyMeeting Free Web Conferencing in InformationWeekInformationWeek, TMCnet and local online pub SoCalTech.com have posted terrific articles on our big news, and webinar expert Ken Molay posted a very nice article on his blog, The Webinar Blog.  The buzz about AnyMeeting is getting louder and hundreds of people are signing up for AnyMeeting every day.  Don’t forget to follow AnyMeeting on Facebook and Twitter.

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Best Practices for Better Presentations

Grab them from the get go
You may be very excited about the ground breaking information you are going to present at your webinar or web meeting, but how do you get your audience up to your level and engaged from the get go?  This can be achieved by opening your presentation with a grabber slide – a slide with a visual that will grab the attention of your audience and won’t let go.  Also, an opening statement such as “Welcome! You’re in for a treat,” is more effective than just a simple “Good morning.”  Strong openings grab their attention and then it’s up to you to keep it.

Pace yourself, there’s plenty of time
When giving a presentation, especially if you are new to giving one online, remember to slow down.  It can be easy to get excited or a little nervous and start speeding your way through the presentation.  Your audience may not see the slides or content you bring up to share as quickly as you do.  So, slow down and wait a few seconds to make sure everyone is seeing what you are seeing before you continue.  This will also give you a little time to collect your thoughts before moving on.  Remember you have plenty of time, and speeding up may only confuse your audience, not educate them.

What can go wrong, will go wrong
When it comes to technology, Murphy’s law is spot on.  Systems crash, computers freeze and Internet connections can be lost at the worst possible time.  So how do you make sure Murphy’s law won’t throw a wrench into your webinar?  Have a back up ready.  Before you begin, make sure you have two computers tuned to your presentation.  Murphy’s law may hit one computer but not both.  With a back-up computer ready-to-go, you can simply continue where you left off with no down time, and no one is the wiser.

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Best Practices for Better System Use

Using the screen sharing plug-in
At AnyMeeting, we pride ourselves on being one of the few web conferencing services that does not require you to download any software to use our product.  However, there is an optional screen sharing plug-in for meeting presenters that can be installed.  The plug-in offers additional screen sharing functionality such as application sharing and text chat notifications.  Only those who are presenting and wish to share their screen need it, not your attendees.  For more information, visit the Screen Sharing Installation page in our support section.

Video Broadcasting, here’s what you need
Using video broadcasting is the ideal way to connect personally with your audience when giving a presentation and AnyMeeting has it.  So, what do you need to let your attendees see your smiling face?  First you will need a webcam.  Most of the newer computers and laptops have a webcam built into the monitor.  Personally, I have an older computer, so I use one that attaches to the top of my monitor (At AnyMeeting, all of us use the Logitech Pro 900 and it works great).  Also, whether you are using VoIP or a conference call line, it’s best if you use a headset with a microphone for transmitting the audio portion of your meeting.  I use a wireless headset that works with both VoIP and my phone line, and I love it.  With a headset, you reduce the risk of echoes and feedback breaking up your broadcast.  For more information on setting up your webcam and headset to work with AnyMeeting, visit the Webcam and Audio Broadcasting page in our support section.  A helpful quick start video is also available at YouTube.com/AnyMeeting.

What’s that in the background?
When using the video broadcasting feature it is important to remember what is going on behind you.  You may not be able to see, but your audience will and it may be distracting.  You may have people walking behind you or your audience can see things in the background of your office that may be unsightly.  So what do you do?  A company called CVI Gear has come out with solution called the CVI Studio Backdrop.  It looks like a portable projector screen and is easy to set up.  You simply unroll the screen, attach it to the stand and put it behind you as you present.  Ken Molay did a nice review of it on The Webinar Blog (CVI Studio Backdrop).  It’s a nice way to put the finishing touch on a professional looking web broadcast.

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Ask the Editor

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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New Features: Record Webinars and more!

Update: Please note that AnyMeeting was known as Freebinar prior to 3/26/11. Blog posts prior to this date may still mention Freebinar. For more information, please review our blog post or FAQ’s.

You asked, we listened. Just four months after Freebinar launched its Free Webinar Service in June 2010, the service received overwhelming support from users worldwide. With increasing popularity, Freebinar has bypassed the 3 Million minutes usage mark. As a way of showing our appreciation and to continue to be your #1 Free Web Conferencing provider, our team constantly improves our features to meet users’ needs.

Users asked us to add Webinar Recording options, so we did! Freebinar introduces to you our two newest features: Webinar Recording and Screen Sharing 2.0. Free Web Conferencing

Webinar Recording allows meeting hosts to record complete webinar sessions.  Also, an embedded link will be available so you can share all your recorded webinars with anyone and anywhere!
Complete webinar recording
Recording hosting
Easily share recordings with anyone
Works on both PC and Mac

Screen Sharing 2.0, which includes Application Sharing, allows users to share specific applications with attendees.
Application Sharing
Dual Monitor Support
Faster Performance
Lower Bandwidth Usage
Higher Color Quality
Improved Reliability

Why pay when you can get it for free with Freebinar? With the new features, Freebinar is comparable to some paid Webinar Services such as GoToWebinar that could easily cost up to $1,000 per year for the same service. Thus, it is no surprise that Freebinar is really the most full-featured and #1 Free Webinar provider in the Free Web Conferencing space.

As always with Freebinar, hosts can invite up to 150 attendees per meeting with no meeting-time restrictions. And the best news is…it’s absolutely FREE!

So enjoy! Remember to continue to send us your suggestions to make Freebinar even better for you!

Comment below to send us your suggestions and/or ideas!


For more detailed information, please visit our support site:

Screen Sharing 2.0

Webinar Recording

Webinar Whiz eNewsletter – May 2010

Update: Please note that AnyMeeting was known as Freebinar prior to 3/26/11. Blog posts prior to this date may still mention Freebinar. For more information, please review our blog post or FAQ’s.

Major Performance Upgrade Completed

Freebinar received a considerable infrastructure upgrade this past weekend. Hosted on new dedicated servers in a tier-1 data center, the Freebinar system is now much more stable and reliable.

The new Freebinar infrastructure will help keep your meetings running smoothly.
Server Performance Upgrade

* Maximum Reliability

* Improved Stability

* Enhanced System Performance

read more…


Webinar Whiz Tip

Did you know it’s a best practice to use a wired internet connection when hosting a webinar?
Webinar Best Practice
Visit the WebinarWire blog to read what can happen when presenting a webinar on a wireless connection.

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What’s New

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