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Workers Comp Zoom Presentation – Top Four Hard Lessons Learned


Workers Comp Zoom Presentation From Last Week – Lessons Learned

My Workers Comp Zoom presentation for the Academy of Insurance last week taught me a few lessons that came from doing a remote presentation.  I had used Microsoft Meetings and Zoom for meetings which had always gone well, or at least I had thought they were satisfactory.

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pic of Microsoft Camera Workers Comp Zoom Presentation uses
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You can check out the aftershow of the presentation here.  If you want more on Workers’ Comp info – Frank Pennachio is providing a presentation today on Hidden Concerns with Workers Comp Rates.

Workers Comp Zoom Presentation Lessons

Lesson 1Do not use your laptop’s microphone. 

The microphone did not accurately reflect that I had a very deep voice.  I have a Microsoft Lifestyle 3000 microphone that I should have used even if it is a rather old one.  I had used it before in presentations.  You can see a picture of the camera/microphone over on the right side.

I think a headset would have caused a distraction.  I went with the laptop’s microphone.   The laptop microphone performed well, but not to my satisfaction.

Lesson 2- Check out your system again before the presentation starts

This lesson was covered in an article I wrote concerning a bad web presentation I attended late last year.  I should have listened to my own advice.

Well, I did check out the Zoom platform a few days before to make sure my laptop’s microphone and speakers were working well.

When Patrick (a good guy to work with) at the Academy ran me through a sound and video check 20 minutes before the starting time, my laptop had a fit.  Why?   I had installed eSet web security earlier in the week.

I did not have eSet(c) prepared for doing a Workers Comp Zoom video presentation.   eSet provides a great web security solution – this time it was working too well.  Luckily,  I had a heavy tech background and did a workaround on the fly – whew!

Lesson 3 – If you are going to plug directly into the wireless router, check to make sure you have a good cable – CAT5 or USB

Preparation of Workers Comp Zoom presentation for meetings
Wikimedia Commons – Ed Schipul

An hour before the presentation, I decided to be safe that I would plug directly into the router.  Check out my recommendations from last year for attending webinars

Once again, the laptop and the wireless router had a fit – nothing would work, so my laptop would turn back on the wireless connection that I was trying to avoid and eSet was also worrying about a direct connection.

The answer was a simple bad cable that is now in the local recycling center.

Lesson 4 – Remove or move away from distracting paintings or pictures in the background

When I was hooking up the CAT5 cable directly into the back of the wireless router, I moved very near to the router.  I ran a camera test to make sure everything was working well.

I realized I had a very distracting painting behind me – think Picasso – that I had to quickly remove.

Have we not all seen the Zoom presentation where the presenter decided that a painting would be a good background and then we end up paying more attention to the painting?

Presentation Disaster Avoided

The bottom line was the presentation went off without any problems and was a great experience.   If I had waited to minutes before testing everything the results might have turned out more negatively.


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8 Responses

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  2. Heather, thanks for the kind words. Come back often as there are two new articles produced every week – except Holidays. The newsletter is the best way to keep up with the articles. The newsletter is produced weekly by our founder, James J Moore. He uses no ghostwriters and all the content is original.

  3. Thanks for providing such as good article. Zoom can be tough to use until you get used to it. I have found Microsoft Teams to be the best one out there right now. Good luck with your future Zoom meetings/presentations.

  4. Is Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Skype or one of the other video conferencing packages considered the best one to use in your opinion? I like Zoom and have not tried Microsoft Teams.

  5. Thanks for your comment. Zoom or Microsoft Teams has worked well for me. I have Microsoft 365 subscription so the Teams module is built into Outlook and the other Microsoft packages. I like how Teams makes switches between each meeting participant when they speak. For International video meetings, I have always liked Zoom.


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James founded a Workers’ Compensation consulting firm, J&L Risk Management Consultants, Inc. in 1996. J&L’s mission is to reduce our clients’ Workers Compensation premiums by using time-tested techniques. J&L’s claims, premium, reserve and Experience Mod reviews have saved employers over $9.8 million in earned premiums over the last three years. J&L has saved numerous companies from bankruptcy proceedings as a result of insurance overpayments.

James has over 27 years of experience in insurance claims, audit, and underwriting, specializing in Workers’ Compensation. He has supervised, and managed the administration of Workers’ Compensation claims, and underwriting in over 45 states. His professional experience includes being the Director of Risk Management for the North Carolina School Boards Association. He created a very successful Workers’ Compensation Injury Rehabilitation Unit for school personnel.

James’s educational background, which centered on computer technology, culminated in earning a Masters of Business Administration (MBA); an Associate in Claims designation (AIC); and an Associate in Risk Management designation (ARM). He is a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) and a licensed financial advisor. The NC Department of Insurance has certified him as an insurance instructor. He also possesses a Bachelors’ Degree in Actuarial Science.

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