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Videos: Andriy Smolenko, Angela Heath, Imtinan Mohsin – Monday November 22, 2021

Andriy Smolenko: 30 seconds, Project: Present a Proposal Monday November 22, 2021

Angela Heath: Don’t be offended … Monday November 22, 2021

Imtinan Mohsin: Project: Ice Breaker Monday November 22, 2021

Monday November 22, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.

Videos: Andrew Bern, Tricia Smith, David F. Carr – Monday November 15, 2021

Andrew Bern: Make the right choice, Project: Creating Effective Visual Aids Monday November 15, 2021

Tricia Smith: Good Communication requires a plan, Project: Develop a Communication Plan Monday November 15, 2021

David F. Carr: Why you should be afraid of public speaking, Project: Using Descriptive Language Monday November 15, 2021

Monday November 15, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.

Zoom Tip: Keep the Timer Visible to Everyone

Here is a tip for making sure all speakers will be able to see the Timer in a meeting or contest conducted on Zoom. This is an action that must be taken by the meeting Host (not a Co-host) that benefits all participants.

Placing the Timer in the upper right hand corner, using Follow Host’s Video Order

In Zoom Toastmasters meetings, the person playing the role of Timer typically shows green, yellow, and red signals background images as “timing lights” to let speakers know when they are running out of time. This use of the Zoom virtual background feature fairly well, except when the speaker loses track of the timer — which can be easy to do because of the way Zoom automatically reorders thumbnail video images according to some weird AI logic. People often get flustered when they get called for Table Topics and realize they can’t see the Timer.

I used to tell individual participants to go into gallery view, then drag-and-drop the image of the Timer into the upper right hand corner of the screen. This keeps the Timer visible in the same position in Gallery view throughout the meeting. Also, in full screen view, or when the speaker shares their screen, the Timer will still be at the beginning of the smaller film strip view that Zoom shows of other participants.

This self-service method works, but it puts the burden on each member (or guest) to rearrange their screen.

Instead, the Host can rearrange the video order for everyone by dragging and dropping the Timer into the upper left corner, and then selecting the Follow Host’s Video Order option on the View menu. That’s the same menu in the upper right corner of the screen that you use to toggle between Speaker view and Gallery view. However, the Follow Host’s Video Order option is only displayed to the Host.

This method sets everyone’s gallery view order to match the the Host’s choices. The Timer will stay locked in the upper right hand corner, and any people who join after the order was set will go to the end of the list. About the only thing that will mess this up is if the Timer gets disconnected and has to rejoin the meeting.

Caveat: You should turn this on before using other Zoom features that dictate the audience’s view, like Spotlight, because the Follow Host menu option is not visible when that’s active. (Thanks to Steve Crews for pointing that out in a discussion on TI Official Members group).

Although I’d heard something like this was possible, it took me a while to figure out how to do it because I often join meetings as a Co-host. For the most part, Co-hosts can perform all the same actions as Hosts, but this feature turns out to be one of the few exceptions.

Setting the video order is a small thing we can do to make participating in a Toastmasters meeting easier on everyone.

Videos: Tricia Smith, Graham Cairns, Pamela Benjamin – Monday November 8, 2021

Tricia Smith: Inspire your Audience, Project: Inspire Your Audience 2021-11-08 19:45:00

Graham Cairns: Traveleres – you are in good company, Project: Prepare to Speak Professionally 2021-11-08 19:45:00

Pamela Benjamin: Communication Plan

Monday November 8, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.

Videos: Lieceng Zhu, Andriy Smolenko, Angela Heath – Monday November 1, 2021

Lieceng Zhu: Project: Ice Breaker 2021-11-01 19:45:00

Andriy Smolenko: Project: Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring 2021-11-01 19:45:00

Angela Heath: Project: Deliver Social Speeches – First Speech 2021-11-01 19:45:00

Monday November 1, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.

Videos: Hector Cabrera Farjat, Marty Sandler – Monday October 18, 2021

Hector Cabrera Farjat: My Journey Leading without Authority, Project: Understanding Your Leadership Style 2021-10-18 19:45:00

Marty Sandler: I Call Myself “Big Turtle”, Project: Ice Breaker 2021-10-18 19:45:00

Monday October 18, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.

Videos: Graham Cairns, Hector Cabrera Farjat – Monday October 25, 2021

Graham Cairns: Project: Building a Social Media Presence 2021-10-25 19:45:00

Hector Cabrera Farjat: MY TOASTMASTERS JOURNEY, Project: Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring 2021-10-25 19:45:00

Monday October 25, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.

Videos: Graham Cairns, Hector Cabrera Farjat – Monday October 25, 2021

Graham Cairns: Project: Building a Social Media Presence 2021-10-25 19:45:00

Hector Cabrera Farjat: MY TOASTMASTERS JOURNEY, Project: Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring 2021-10-25 19:45:00

Monday October 25, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.

Videos: Marianne Grady, Graham Cairns, Angela Heath – Monday October 4, 2021

Marianne Grady: Just Be-Cause, Project: Ice Breaker 2021-10-04 19:45:00

Graham Cairns: How America got in the way of the Second Coming, Project: Creating Effective Visual Aids 2021-10-04 19:45:00

Angela Heath: Project: Introduction to Toastmasters Mentoring 2021-10-04 19:45:00

Monday October 4, 2021

Video policy: Online Presenters routinely records the video of its meetings. As announced at the beginning of each week’s meeting, by participating in our club as a member or guest, you acknowledge that we reserve the right to use these video recordings in our educational and public relations programs.