Webinar: My Year as Region Advisor by Carol Prahinski

OVERVIEW

Confused about the Toastmasters’ organization structure?  What exactly is a Region Advisor?  How does this person help the district and our members?  This webinar provides an overview of the role, the structure, and key lessons from Carol’s experience.  The audience asked great questions, too.

OUR SPEAKER

Our speaker is a nine-year member of Toastmasters and the immediate past Region Advisor for Region 6.  Region 6 includes 20,000 members located in Michigan, Ontario, Quebec, northern Ohio and a tiny bit of New York state.

She is a member of four Toastmasters clubs, including this club, Online Presenters, as well as a full-time business professor at Michigan State.

Video: Webcam Magic with Arlene Jayme

This was a presentation at Online Presenters Toastmasters, May 29, 2017

Arlene’s notes (originally shared in the chat during the meeting):

LIGHTS:
3 SOURCES
Two: 12Watt LED Lamps
Amazon.com $15.00 each
(they have gone up to $40.00 each)
Shop around for less expensive options

One: 42Watt LED 4 foot Shop Light
Costco $30.
Amazon $40.

CAMERA:
Logitech Camera C910
In 2011 we paid 60.
Today on Amazon $190.
Similar option is C920: today $62.

Many options for External Cameras

SOFTWARE:
Sparkocam Software
https://sparkosoft.com/sparkocam

Free Trial (with watermark) does not expire
Purchase Price Starts at:
$40. for single user, $100 for 5 users

Google search for coupons before purchase. (10-15-20% off)

BACKGROUND:

Green/Blue reversible screen 5×7
was $20. at Amazon a year ago,
I see it sells today for $40.

There are less expensive options.
Shop around.
OR
You can use a solid colour piece of fabric, paper or painted wall

Video Replay: Guest Speaker from Zoom at Online Presenters Toastmasters

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.

Replay: Online Presenters Workshop with Webinar Presentations Expert Roger Courville

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.

See also a few related resources:

How to give or evaluate a @Toastmasters speech in a virtual room (webinar, webcast, or virtual class) – blog post from Roger Courville

Learn Professional Online Presentation Skills with Roger Courville – replay of a webinar Online Presenters President David Carr conducted with Roger Courville as part of a Toastmasters District 47 webinar series.

Also John Quick’s notes about webcam software (shared in the chat as part of the meeting):

John Quick – FL, USA – Treasurer : I am using XSplit Broadcaster – it’s Windows only, there’s a free version, and it works with our meeting software

OBS is a free open source streaming software on Mac/Windows with nice green screen – however, I couldn’t get it to work with our meeting software

I have heard about camtwist (Mac) and sparkcam (Arlene) too, but have not used them myself