One of the most valuable things we learn in Toastmasters is how to recover when things go wrong in a presentation or meeting, and Online Presenters in particular will teach you how to recover from tech problems that crop up from time to time — as happened in our most recent meeting.
After our guest speaker, Joshua Jones from Zoom, had problems signing into our meeting, we wound up having to adjourn and reconvene in a meeting he hosted for us. That reconvened meeting is what I’m sharing below.
I know we lost a few participants along the way, and others couldn’t stay for the Q&A (which stretched beyond our normal end time). So let’s be thankful for the replay! Feel free to share this with others who might be interested. Lots of great info here, particularly on how to avoid having audio problems undermine your video presentation.
George Marshall has been one of the pioneers at defining how the new Toastmasters Pathways educational program will be implemented in District 57, the first district to go live with this program. Also a member of Online Presenters, here George gives a Pathways speech on how mentoring factors into the Pathways program and the role it has played in his own career.
The April 24 meeting of Online Presenters will be a special workshop meeting featuring Joshua Jones of Zoom Video Communications, maker of one of the most popular online meeting and webinar platforms. Members are encouraged to attend and guests are welcome.
Joshua’s presentation will cover:
Webcam best practices – position, lighting, green screen
Content best practices – resolution, content size, playing back videos, pause, annotation
Audio best practices – headset, voip vs phone
Guests may register using the RSVP form below to get the link to the online meeting. Our online meetings platform, provided courtesy of RingCentral, is RingCentral Meetings, a special edition of Zoom included with RingCentral Office.
Joshua A. Jones is a 10 year veteran of the online meeting industry and has a passion for the way people communicate over various channels. Employed by Zoom, Joshua manages customer education, training engagements and front-line consulting services for meetings and webinars.
Joshua launched The WebiNerd in 2014 to service friends and clients with their online events and help contribute to better communications. @thewebinerd
Roger Courville of EventBuilder was our special guest for the first Online Presenters meeting since chartering as an official club. A longtime Toastmaster who has participated in the online conferencing industry since the days of the dial-up modem, Roger gave the evaluations for three different speeches and led a discussion on techniques for effective online presentations.
Carol Prahinski offered a tutorial on “How To Become an Exceptional Club Coach” as her speech at the most recent Online Presenters meeting. This is an excerpt from a one-hour webinar Carol has volunteered to present to interested districts for FREE. Carol says: We can use their preferred software, or mine (Zoom, up to 50 people). Ask the Club Growth Director to contact me directly at email@example.com to schedule it.)
Online Presenters is an advanced club that chartered with all experienced Toastmasters, but we leave open the possibility of admitting members who do not have prior experience in Toastmasters but do have other relevant experience.
On Feb. 27, 2017, the new club officers voted to recommend the following policy for adoption by the club members, governing how we will admit members in general and particularly those who do not meet the normal requirement of having completed 6 or more Competent Communicator projects.
To be admitted to Online Presenters, a prospective member must:
Attend at least 2 meetings as a guest.
Make a Table Topics-length speech on why they want to join. (This may be done on the 2nd guest visit, time permitting).
If the prospective member does not meet the requirement of previous Toastmasters experience (>6 CC speeches), a waiver must be granted by a simple majority vote of the officers that the individual meets the standard of relevant experience for admission. Votes may be accepted via email or other electronic means. The board vote will NOT be held as part of the public meeting. If the board does not approve the waiver, the prospective member will be informed privately and encouraged to reapply after gaining some experience in Toastmasters through another club.
Once these requirements are met, the prospective member will be asked to submit an application and payment.
Per Toastmasters protocol, members must also be voted in by the members present at a regular meeting.
This is a replay of a keynote speech I delivered online, to an international audience, just after 3:30 am my time Sunday morning.
When I heard that the family of online Toastmasters clubs was organizing its first inter-club speech contest, at first, honestly, I didn’t plan to attend — not because I wasn’t interested, but because the global nature of the event would make it challenging from my timezone. It was scheduled to start at 8:30 am UTC — a typical morning start time for a Toastmasters weekend event for those in Europe or Sunday evening for folks in Australia.
Then they flattered me with the offer of a keynote speaking slot, and I couldn’t resist. In addition to the undeniable ego boost, I knew preparing for this opportunity would be a valuable chance to try out some new material. I have what online Toastmasters would call a “land-based” opportunity coming up that I need to practice for.
In June, I will be keynoting at a Digital Collaboration conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Even though I had a similar engagement a few months ago in Berlin, I didn’t feel I connected with the audience as well as I should have on that outing and want to make sure I am prepared to maximize the impact of my next appearance — and maybe inspire someone in the audience to invite me to more professional speaking opportunities.
As explained in the video, I covered social business and collaboration technologies for InformationWeek, wrote the book Social Collaboration for Dummies and currently consult on the marketing of RingCentral Glip. One of the reasons I started Online Presenters is I see online video meetings becoming an increasingly common element of how we interact with our coworkers, which means we ought to get good at it. RingCentral is supporting the club by allowing us to use RingCentral Meetings (its co-branded and integrated version of Zoom) for our meetings.
Thanks to event organizer Mathilde Fischer and to the whole team of volunteers from around the world for letting me be part of their event.
Online Presenters in the middle of its a membership drive to recruit the 20+ Toastmasters members we will need to charter as an official club (target date: March 1). Application and online payment links at op.toastmost.org/join/
We are already close to that goal, with about 15 people already signed up and several others promising to get their dues and paperwork in over the next few days. I drummed up some additional interest in the past day by looking through my network of LinkedIn contacts (including people I’m connected to for reasons outside of Toastmasters) for everyone who mentioned Toastmasters on their profile. Help spread the word — we’re going to make this great!
The Online Presenters Toastmasters Club caters to those who give online presentations professionally, or aspire to do so, whether that means public webcasts and live video or internal company video conferences and screen sharing sessions. We welcome experienced Toastmasters with an interest in learning those skills, as well as future Toastmasters with relevant professional experience. Club founder David F. Carr wrote about the need in an article for Forbes, Improving Skills for Webinars, Online Meetings.
Those who sign up by Feb. 27 will have an opportunity to get a speech evaluation from Roger Courville, an authority on online presentation skills (See: Online Presenters Toastmasters March 6 Workshop with Roger Courville for Charter Members).
We are currently recruiting experienced Toastmasters. Once we are official, we hope to also recruit people who have relevant skills and experience even if they are not yet Toastmasters.
The information on this website is for the sole use of Toastmasters' members, for Toastmasters business only. It is not to be used for solicitation and distribution of non-Toastmasters material or information. All rights reserved. Toastmasters International, the Toastmasters International logo and all other Toastmasters International trademarks and copyrights are the sole property of Toastmasters International and may be used only by permission.