Online Presenters Toastmasters Meeting Software Tips

I prepared this tutorial to cover the basics of how to mute / unmute, select a specific video feed, and show “timing lights.” These tips apply to Zoom (we’re using RingCentral Meetings, but it’s based on Zoom). The timing light tip should also work with other platforms.

At our kickoff meeting, Arlene Jayme showed how she uses a program called SparkoCam to superimpose a timing light image on her video feed. I suggest checking whether your computer came with any pre-installed webcam software. My HP laptop came with a program called CyberLink YouCam that I found fit the purpose.

Low tech solution for timer: green, yellow, and red pieces of paper you hold up in front of your webcam.

Author: David F. Carr

Founder of Online Presenters and of the WordPress for Toastmasters project. Past President and member of Club Awesome in Coral Springs, Florida. Also former Area Governor, District Social Media Director. Outside of Toastmasters: writer, editor, and digital marketing consultant. He currently works as a Senior Insights Manager for Similarweb, the digital intelligence platform. Formerly an editor at publications including InformationWeek, Baseline Magazine, Internet World, and WebWeek, and a contributor to VentureBeat and The Enterprisers Project.

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