Saturday, May 14, 2011

Driveway Camping and Skyped Seminars

After the RV SEF conference we came back to Roxie and Charles driveway.  What a nice spot!  And, they have a 30 amp connection for us too.  Notice their motorhome parked further back.

We're staying here for over a week because there's a concert in Nashville that we want to go to on May 19.  It's Paul Simon.  We love Paul Simon.  Jim and I attended a Simon and Garfunkel reunion concert in Fort Lauderdale years ago.  But, the real reason we're going to this concert is Mick Rossi - the keyboard player in the band.  Jim knew Mick way back in his New Jersey days ... Local Boy Makes Good!  They recently reconnected on Facebook, and Jim noticed the concert in Nashville ... so here we are!

We also booked ourselves this week to do a couple of seminars for Lazydays Friends and Family rally.  We did one of these rallies last November and really enjoyed the group.  But, they're in the Tampa, Florida area ... how can we manage this?  Fly?  We decided to try Skype again.  We did a short video call to the Massachussetts Good Sam club last year doing Skype and we liked it, but we couldn't do a real seminar because we couldn't show our computer screen.  Now we can.  We could see and hear our audience and they could see and hear us.  We were connected one computer to one computer - on their side, the connected the computer to a projector.  We could switch from transmitting video (our faces) to screensharing whenever we were demonstrating our topic.  (click the picture for a larger version - then use your Back button to return here)

We were able to present our seminars exactly like we do when we're at a rally.  Well, almost exactly.  It was a little disconcerting not to be able to make eye contact and get the feel of the room, but I think we can get used to that.  We were able to ask for a show of hands on certain questions, and we could see the hands that went up.  They had one person designated as the moderator who would be on the lookout for questions, and make sure we could hear them, or else repeat them for us.
The only real problem was that the Internet connection would slow down or drop occasionally.  We were using our 4G mobile hotspot from Verizon - they were on a connection thru the Lazydays network - I'm not sure but I think they were using the Wi-Fi in the Lazydays campground.  We had short problems on both sides.  For the second seminar, we started out by showing how they could go to our website and watch the videos just in case the Skype connection didn't work for an extended period.  In the future, I think we will make sure the host has a copy of our DVD with all the videos in case the Intenet connect problem is on their end.  We know of a few computer clubs that have used our videos for meetings.

So - we now have a new product!!  Geeks on Tour seminars anytime anyplace!!

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Alicia said...

Sounds great, only you just bought that new RV to travel more and now you won't have to travel. LOL

PS, I like your RV and I am sure you will travel anyway.

Lynne said...

JUST ANOTHER OOO AHHH MOMENT AS FAR AS WE'RE CONCERNED. It doesn't seem like that long ago we were using analog phones (or land line) or the first time I bought a laptop (at your urging) and now we use all this from our RV for any type of consstruction we are doing. And without your videos it wouldn't be possible or painless.
Cya soon

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Just amazing how you find new ways to use technology. Maybe your Skype seminars will help you save on diesel fuel. That will sure help your bottom line.

Tom said...

Lets hope that Microsoft's purchase of Skype doesn't mess things up. Skype is a good product, Leo Laporte and now your selves would lose a tool in presenting knowledge to a remote location. Let us keep our fingers crossed that that does not happen.