March 6, 2006

Virtual (Remote) Presentations

The days you needed to travel to present at a conference seem counted...

Last week I virtually invited Ray Konopka to speak at my user group about his components. As we met in Italy and this is a small group, flying him over would have been a nonsense, so we arranged for a remote presentation. He used GoToMyPC and Skype and everything worked perfectly. We could hear him speak and ask questions (I was collecting them from the audience) and we could see his compuer screen projected full size from within my laptop, as if he was local and with no noticeble delays.

This made me think a lot. Over the last few years I had to reject many offers for speaking at user groups around Europe and around the world, as they could not afford the cost of flying me at their location and I could not afford devoting a few days of my time to travell and give a free presentation. Now, if for presenting an hour session it takes me an hour of my time from home, it is quite a different issue. So if anyone is interested in inviting me, I'm willing to figure out if and how this works.

On a separate side, I'm starting to consider remote training (although this is harder as you need a lot of interaction with the attendees, still hard to obtain with todays' technology). For now, I'm thinking about giving a class to people all sitting in the same room, but different options might become available in the future. Again, if you are willing to experiment I'll like to give it a go, offering reduced fees for remote training while we are in an experimental phase.



Virtual (Remote) Presentations 

Very interesting.

Your GoToMyPC link goes to instead of
Comment by Stuart Kelly on March 6, 14:47

Virtual (Remote) Presentations 

The link to gotomypc is incorrect. 

Kind regards,
Robin van Nooij

Comment by Robin van Nooij on March 6, 15:13


Fixed now, thanks.
Comment by Marco Cantù [] on March 6, 15:22

Virtual (Remote) Presentations 

I am ready to be your first virtual student. I think
it is a good idea. You could also make some nice
videos out of these lessons and even sell them offline.

Comment by Dr. H. Guliyev [] on March 6, 20:12

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Marco you're right: distance is no more a problem! 
It's almost one year I'm supporting a person in 
Switzerland using Skype and VNC (it's free): I take 
the control of his PC and make the modifications he 
asks me immediately (in general small reports 
modification). I found this solution and It's great.
I also use Smart FTP and Cerberus FTP server for 
files exchange.

Comment by Bertoncini Luca [] on March 6, 21:49

Virtual (Remote) Presentations 

Great going!  We've used combinations of 1)skype 
(for audio) and microsoft messenger (for video) to 
do presentations over the internet, 2) skype for our 
24 hours of Delphi (audio only), and 3) Microsoft 
Media Server for video/audio product demonstrations 
with our moderated chat room for questions from the 
audience.  All three worked for us on BDN.  We all 
can get more information out to developers in a 
timely fashion using these latest tools and the 
GoToMyPC and Skype you used with Ray.

Our goal is the same - help educate our customers as 
much as we can.

Go Marco Go!!!
Comment by David Intersimone "David I" [] on March 7, 01:04

Virtual (Remote) Presentations 

I recently hosted a presentation by a single presenter
to a number of locations around the country.  Since I
am a CPA, the topic was the tax software we use.  The
presentation lasted almost 8 hours.  We used a
projector so the viewing was comfortable.  The
presenter had us all call into a toll free conference
call service.  We could mute our phone and we could
also "raise our hand" to get the attention of the
presenter.  I was impressed with the very effective
compromise between cost and interactivity and I was
happy that, at the end of the presentation, I could
get in my car and drive 5 minutes to get home.

I would very much like to be on your list of
interested students.
Comment by Jack Rodenhi on March 7, 07:11

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