I tend to draw to get my point across; I always have. In this new normal of zoom, skype, hangout, zoho, etc., I had lost my ability to illustrate AND see the participants at the same time. Thankfully I figured it out... here is my solution:
Computer with a webcam. I use a 13" MacBook Pro at home and a Mac mini with a cinema display at the office.
Tablet. I use an iPad Pro but any capable tablet will do as long as it can run your conferencing software.
Headphones. I use a pair of Beats Solo3.
Computer: Conferencing app. I prefer to use the native app instead of the web interface for all of my conferencing platforms. Links below:
Tablet: Conferencing app. You should use the native app because it will allow for fast app switching which will be an important feature during your conference.
Notes App: This is your whiteboard software and needs to be installed on your tablet. I have used many but I will list my top 3 in order of preference with their download links and some notes on how to use them.
Here is how I set up my sessions to maximize interaction AND be able to use my whiteboard. I'll assume that your meeting has been scheduled or you are initiating the meeting and inviting everyone to join so I will not describe that process. Make sure you start this process about 10 minutes before your scheduled meeting time to make sure everything is running properly and you are ready to go on time.
The screen on your computer should look like this:
As people join your meeting, you will see them appear on your computer screen and you can get your meeting started. Remember to turn off your whiteboard often and connect with your participants.
BONUS: I often run PowerPoint on my tablet and switch between the notes app and the deck I am presenting. I prefer running PowerPoint on the tablet because it does not take over the meeting and I can still see the participants in the meeting.
I hope this helps... I hope your families are home safe and you are working ON your business.
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