And I’ll point you to Tsahi. Seriously.
A few weeks ago I was delighted to hear that my very good friend, Mor, was about to give a lecture in a conference on Social Networks in the Open University of Israel.
I was very glad to hear that. First of all because I love to hear Mor’s presentations. But even mor(e) because – as Mor, whom you might know as Dr. Mor Naaman, is an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Communication and Information in New Jersey – his presentation was to be delivered via video conference.
Well, one day before the event, while working on his presentation, Mor tweeted:
Making slides Lessig-style for Tuesday. Hypothesis: most effective for video-conferencing into an audience of hundreds… @sageeb thoughts?
@sageeb – that’s me. And my thoughts were: let’s ask Tsahi. Not just because he’s a Presentation Zen fan, but also because he’s quite experienced with delivering presentations via video conference, in webinars, virtual events, etc.
And Tsahi did deliver some answers, in the form of two ( ! ) posts:
- On his VoIP Survivor blog, here at RADVISION, he discussed how you should design a presentation that is to be delivered via video conferencing. I believe it’s a must-read for everyone making presentations these days.
- Over at NoJitter Tsahi also wrote about presenting via video conference. Again, this is a very useful post, if you want to use video conference to present anything.
Mor live via video as was seen on my PC.
To make a long story short, Mor handled the presentation quite remarkably, even without Tsahi’s posts. In fact, other than the low quality audio (high quality audio, folks, is the only way!) and the fact the he was seen only in a little frame at the bottom of the screen, I really enjoyed watching the broadcast. And I know that the people attending it from the Open University campus enjoyed it too.
And, of course, Mor enjoyed it: giving a lecture over video conference to a crowd in Raanana, Israel, from his office in New Jersey, is a very cool way of solving physical geographical barriers and making the most of everybody’s time and resources.