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Ken Molay
Cary, NC USA
Webinar consultant, blogger, and services provider
Interests: Classic film, comedy, music of many genres
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Shashank, the software works directly with PowerPoint or Keynote. As long as you are running your slides in full screen slideshow mode and sharing your screen in the conference session, it will work for you. SlidesClicker does not interact with screen advances inside any conferencing platforms. So if you upload slides to ClickMeeting, Adobe Connect, Webex, ON24, etc - this is not for you.
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Three and a half years ago I wrote a blog post bemoaning the fact that I couldn’t get presenters to modify their speaking habits when asking me to display their next slide. Three years later, someone named Sam submitted a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
This is a rather niche concern, but I was pleased with my off-the-cuff solution to a client problem and thought I would share… The scenario was a public webinar given on Zoom Webinar. Attendees off-camera and muted; panelists on-camera in... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
1 Year 75 Webinars 39,894 Live logins 130,871 Recording views PART 3: SOCIAL MEDIA INTEGRATION AND COMMUNITY BUILDING The CAP helped to foster a sense of global community by building strong tie-ins between the Virtual Lecture Series and Twitter. In... Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
1 Year 75 Webinars 39,894 Live logins 130,871 Recording views PART 2: OPERATIONAL AND TECHNICAL ISSUES We started off using the CAP’s existing GoToWebinar account. It was already in place and made rapid setup possible. By the second lecture, we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
1 Year 75 Webinars 39,894 Live logins 130,871 Recording views PART I: BACKGROUND AND PROJECT INITIATION Over the last year, I have had the privilege of assisting the College of American Pathologists with a tremendously successful webinar series. They were... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
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It’s been more than an hour since my last rant about Webex product design, so we are overdue. Today I moderated a client webinar that featured no screen sharing or document upload… It was just a simple panel discussion with... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
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Oh dear… This is going to be one of those long and detailed posts for people who really like thinking about webinar details. Get a cup of coffee and prepare for a deep dive! BACKGROUND The subject is what webinar... Continue reading
Posted Mar 4, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
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I just read yet another blog post with someone’s tips for making your webinars more engaging. And it made the same mistake I see over and over again: Confusing “engagement” with “interaction.” Webinar vendors are particularly prone to mixing up... Continue reading
Posted Mar 1, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
Mary, I can't give you legal advice. I'm not a lawyer. From my entirely personal layman's point of view, there's the legal least-risk answer and the pragmatic one. From a legal point of view, the fact that you are a non-profit means nothing and has no bearing on copyright violations. And the fact that the material exists on a public site like YouTube doesn't mean you can grab it and reuse it. People violate copyrights on YouTube with wild abandon, and that doesn't give you any extra protection. A lawyer would always tell you to not take chances and never use anything that isn't your own creation or properly licensed and attributed. But from a pragmatic point of view, if it's for internal training purposes only - who's ever going to know? And the fact that you are not making it public would reduce a claim of damages if it ever went to court. Honestly, in most cases if it ever came to light and a complaint was filed against you it would most likely be a cease and desist and you'd have to stop using those slides. The key thing to always stay away from is anything that could be interpreted as endorsement or association of an individual or a company with your company, products, or services. Then they can come after you for paid endorsement fees and damages for diminishing the value of their name.
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"... it's a figure that should be highly concerning for anybody wondering how strong Cisco's conferencing business is." Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
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It is well worth checking in every so often on the global settings and preferences in your Zoom account. The company changes the options from time to time, sometimes giving you more flexibility and choice than you previously had. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 1, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
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I was skimming through an Instant Pot product description (really no more than a glorified editorial advertisement), when my eyes stopped cold on the following sentence: “The 10-in-1 multicooker can roast, stew, bake, steam, slow cook, sear/sauté, rice, yogurt, ferment,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
Hah! :) Point well taken, Nicole. Of course this falls outside the bounds of simply curious into darker territory.
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You hit the nail on the head, Dave. It's a mess! Yesterday one of the affected attendees was on a Windows PC and the other was on an iPhone. But I find that they often do not understand the question of "are you accessing the meeting via a web browser or an installed app?"
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Dear readers, I need your help. I have an exceptionally rare webcam bug that vendors can’t reproduce. I need to collect evidence – even anecdotal – that it’s real. The symptom is that even though webcam video is turned off... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
Hey, Zoom… Thanks for wasting my morning. I have a few meetings set up for a client. They have a list of people they want to invite. They don’t want these people to have to self-register and they don’t want... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
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Twice a year I make a quick blog post or tweet to watch out for nonstandard time conversions during the transition in and out of Daylight Saving Time. I figure it might be nice to get ahead of the curve... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
On Friday, ON24 quietly put out a press release announcing its SEC registration to make an Initial Public Offering. At this point, no date or offer price is set, although the total amount to be raised is specified in the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at The Webinar Blog
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eWebinar is a relatively new entrant in the remote presentation space. Its mission is to allow companies to find a sweet spot between just throwing a recorded video up on the web for passive viewing and running a fully live,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2020 at The Webinar Blog
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Doesn’t that title sound like the world’s easiest question? After all, the GoTo collaboration products (GoToMeeting at first, followed later by GoToWebinar) upended the web conferencing industry by boldly placing standardized “rack rate pricing” right up front on their website.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2020 at The Webinar Blog
Did you know that your Webex recording might not capture what you saw and heard during your session? Let’s examine why. My discovery stems from personal experience. I think you’ll find it instructive. We start with the basics. I moderated... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2020 at The Webinar Blog
Are you familiar with the old chestnut about how there is nothing so uncommon as common sense? If you want proof of its validity you don’t have to look much further than your favorite webinar platform. Never assume that web... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2020 at The Webinar Blog
Has the product matured? Have they incorporated design improvements learned from years of practical application in the field? Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2020 at The Webinar Blog
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A big thank you to loyal reader Karen Bowden who alerted me to a recent change in Webex security for session hosts. BACKGROUND: When you schedule a Webex Meeting or Webex Event, the system creates a 6-digit “host key.” Having... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2020 at The Webinar Blog