Further to my earlier post this week about my live web presenting session, we had additional successes with our Thursday night session with our computer contact group. What did we do differently?
1. I changed the setup in the presenting area in my office, which was the remote site. We adjusted the lighting to make the room slightly darker and eliminated some backlight which caused a little glare in the first round.
2. I relocated my speaking notes from my desk to a raised vertical stand tucked in closely to my laptop to minimize my eye movement. The net effect allowed me to look more directly at the camera so the setup was more like a newscast arrangement.
3. In the meeting room end, we turned the MacBook laptop around so the web cam was facing the audience. This certainly gives you a better sense of connection with the audience as the presenter. We are able to do a better job adjusting the mic settings to allow me to hear questions from the audience more clearly.
All in all, a much better experience. The next meeting with this group is scheduled for February. At that time, we will offer a chance for some of the 100+ attendees over the two session to join us in an online meeting. If winter driving is a factor, we should have improved attendance with the online option – bonus!!!