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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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 1 – Do 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
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.