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Ken Molay
Cary, NC USA
Webinar consultant, blogger, and services provider
Interests: film, scuba
Recent Activity
In January of 2017, PGi announced that they were acquiring ReadyTalk. This September, the company put out a press release announcing “GlobalMeet Webinar and GlobalMeet Webcast.” I decided to check in on the integration of ReadyTalk’s product set under the... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at The Webinar Blog
That's true, Dave! A spot of bright light there and very welcome.
Toggle Commented Nov 7, 2018 on Even More Webex Frustrations at The Webinar Blog
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I recently wrote a post where I went into a lot of detail on “How Cisco Ruined Webex Meetings.” It was probably too much for most people to chew through, but the upshot was that I considered their latest product... Continue reading
Posted Nov 5, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
I'm spending another lovely evening editing a webinar recording. The presenter speaks well, with good pacing, enthusiasm, changes in pitch, and clarity. But there's one thing driving me crazy… She keeps changing who is the subject of her sentences! Here's... Continue reading
Posted Nov 1, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
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Cisco announced a new interface for Webex Meetings in July. Most customers started seeing the changes around early August. Several of my clients use Webex Meetings, including a very large international organization with a global roster of presenters and attendees.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
LogMeIn announced upgrades to GoToWebinar today. I had a chance to speak with Daniel Waas, the GoToWebinar Director of Product Marketing at LogMeIn. He took me through the latest updates and shared a few thoughts about future developments (many of... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
Here are two things you can do to improve your presentation slides today. It doesn't matter whether you use PowerPoint, Keynote, Prezi, or something else. It also doesn't matter whether you present in a room or in a web conference.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
I was speaking to my nephew the other day. He is in his early twenties. I brought up something about webinars and he exclaimed, “Pssshh… Nobody my age watches webinars. They’re just bad advertising and a waste of time.” Then... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
Not yet, Danielle. Hope to do it soon!
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This is just a quick cross-posting alert. The online magazine "Indezine" was kind enough to invite me to contribute an article on their targeted field of PowerPoint presentations. I gave them my 'Top 5 Tips For Remote Presentation Design." One... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
Kind reader Madeline points us to this short YouTube video primer on the basics of VPNs if you are unfamiliar with the concept. They are a great way to help improve your privacy and security on the internet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wQTRMBAvzg
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I just learned of a free utility that can help with these types of font problems... It is a free add-in for PowerPoint that converts selected shapes or font-specific text across a whole presentation into native editable vector shapes. You can get Text-to-Outline as a free standalone add-in here http://youpresent.co.uk/free-stuff/free-text-to-outline-powerpoint-add-in/ or as part of a wider set of tools here : http://youpresent.co.uk/office-add-ins/youtools-for-powerpoint/ Both support PowerPoint 2016 on PC and Mac. I tested it on my proprietary font slides used in this post and it reproduced them perfectly in my webinar room. Nice!
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Really cool, Jamie! I just downloaded the Text-to-Outline app and tried it out on my test slide with a bunch of difficult proprietary fonts. It worked like a charm, even on fonts with thin brush strokes with lots of curves (signature fonts). Thank you for sharing, and I'm happy to recommend this as a solution strategy! --Ken
Toggle Commented Jun 13, 2018 on Slide Animations - Good Or Bad? at The Webinar Blog
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I worked on a client webinar today featuring an elementary school principal. She showed this picture of her students producing and broadcasting the daily school news video. The boy sitting next to the principal is telling the "joke of the... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
"How do I get over being so nervous when I speak?" Ah, the age-old question. There isn't a presentation coach in the world who doesn't get asked how to combat nerves. In almost every case, it's the wrong question to... Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
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There are two common scenarios where PowerPoint fonts cause a problem in webinars: 1) Creating the PowerPoint on one computer and displaying it on another 2) Uploading the PowerPoint to a web conferencing product that converts and stores the slides... Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
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Cisco just released a new ad for the rebranded Webex (as opposed to the previous WebEx) collaboration suite of products. Well, it SAYS it's for Webex… To my ears, it sounds like an ad for the concept of collaboration. You... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
I was asked to moderate a webinar recently featuring a guest speaker. The speaker was an expert in her field with many decades of experience presenting and leading workshops in her subject. She had never presented on a webinar and... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
Some higher-priced webinar products have very sophisticated emailing capabilities that work quite well, so I do not want to damn the entire industry with a single broad brushstroke. But in too many cases, email functionality is not given enough design... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
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There are days when it is really hard to stay ahead of the curve. I just finished posting a big rant about WebEx Event Center functionality when my inbox was suddenly filled with news announcements and commentary about WebEx. Cisco... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
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Here's yet another piece of archaic and senseless product design hanging around in WebEx, just waiting to undermine your efforts as a webinar host. When you schedule a WebEx Event, you can configure follow up emails that will go out... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
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Here's a personal (and painful) learning experience I had that serves as a helpful reminder to always be careful about setting expectations as a webinar moderator. I was working a client webinar as moderator. Our presenter was a guest from... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
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I just learned two "hidden" ways to be more efficient while editing audio/video files in Camtasia. I often use this software to clean up webinar recordings. Admittedly, this will only be of interest to hard-core Camtasia wonks, but hey… that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 21, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
By special request, this blog post is written just for kids. But I guess grownups are allowed to read it too. Would you like to get better at talking to groups of people? Maybe that means standing in front of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2018 at The Webinar Blog
Last week I had a "lunch 'n learn" webinar with a vendor. I've done that before, but I've never had the lunch delivered to my office as part of the hosted experience. The company I was learning about is called... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2018 at The Webinar Blog