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2020/03/19 09:18:50 (permalink)

Virtual monthly meetings anyone?

Virtual meetings anyone? I hear R26 are having a monthly meeting via this

https://zoom.us/about

It appears you would need to download an app to take part.  Not sure it would work for me as our broadband speed is rubbish.  Any benefit in doing this in addition to the written word?
 
Happy to give it a go if there is the demand.

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 09:43:46 (permalink)
Good idea, but that link is not working. 
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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 09:47:23 (permalink)
Hi Alan,
Dorset region had their first virtual committee meeting last week, went really well.
Tonight we are attempting our first virtual monthly meet. Zoom link sent to all members who have advised an interest in joining in.
Should be interesting!

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 09:48:06 (permalink)
I am on a zoom conference call using zoom as I type.

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 10:19:16 (permalink)
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Good idea, but that link is not working. 
Regards,
 
Clive


Oh, just tried it.  Takes me to their website.  Try putting "zoom meeting" into Google, Clive
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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 10:23:41 (permalink)
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Hi Alan,
Dorset region had their first virtual committee meeting last week, went really well.
Tonight we are attempting our first virtual monthly meet. Zoom link sent to all members who have advised an interest in joining in.
Should be interesting!


Geoff
Let me know how it goes and how many join in.  As well as this thread I have a similar one on FB to gauge interest.  Is there a minimum BB speed?  If so I probably won't be hosting!
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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 11:14:02 (permalink)
Not sure on BB speed requirements. Tref is hosting tonight.

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 11:32:46 (permalink)
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Oh, just tried it.  Takes me to their website.  Try putting "zoom meeting" into Google, Clive



Temporary glitch - I've got to it now. Look like a great idea! 
Regards,
 
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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 12:07:37 (permalink)
Is there an optimum number for this to work?  Too many, too few?  So far 4 on FB and 2 on here have shown interest.  Only 648 members to go.... I will need someone who knows what they are doing to set it up the first time around - or I could do the usual trial and error method.

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 12:10:50 (permalink)
Alan,
 
I could host, but we two might first try a one to one. If you like, I'll invite you to my meeting room at say 14:00?

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 12:27:53 (permalink)
Could give a go but can we make it some time tomorrow?  Got a few jobs before we go into lockdown...

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 12:30:26 (permalink)
Sure, 9am or 11am?
 
Shall I also invite Keith?

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 12:50:47 (permalink)
Make it 11am and yes to Keith, please.

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 13:04:13 (permalink)
Alan and Keith,
 
You should have an invitation email. Just click on the url at the stated time and (assuming I have opened the meeting) you will see a handsome fellow.
 
If you are not getting video, go to the lower left of the zoom window and toggle the arrow by the camera image to select your camera - à demain

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/19 13:34:22 (permalink)
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you will see a handsome fellow.
 

Accepted.  You're not hosting it then?
I will also speak to Keith
 

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/20 09:39:44 (permalink)
Hi All,
Dorset region's virtual monthly meet worked well but only had maximum of 10 participants.
We hope to improve on those numbers by introducing a more formal structured content advised in advance e.g. a short talk or presentation to kick-start interest.

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/20 11:54:18 (permalink)
Thanks Geoff.  Have just finished a meeting using Zoom with Ralph and Keith which worked really well.  I can understand the need for structure though!  We are going to have a trial meeting at 1930 on Sunday 22nd for around 10 members too.  If that goes well then we will look at ideas for future meetings, possibly weekly, with presentations or sharing shopping experiences and the like!  
 
 

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/20 12:10:35 (permalink)
We are going to trial a larger meeting - around 10 members - at 1930 this Sunday 22nd. If you are unfamiliar with how to do there will be a note in
the invitation which you will get shortly by email.
I will include a brief agenda in the email too.

I have 9 names at present so if you would like to join in drop me and email or pm
Alan
Keith
Ralph
Clive
Chris Rogers
John Wilde
Nigel Davies
Steven Rowbottom
Rob Laurie
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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/21 09:24:26 (permalink)
As I have been using video conferencing for some time, I thought the following advice for business calls might be useful to bear in mind for social newbies..
 
Video conferences are like all business meetings — 95 percent pointless and usually arranged and dominated by some self-important twerp. Still, humans attach strange importance to management habits and, now that we are living in the age of the coronavirus, many of us will have to do a lot more video conferences for work.
 
1) Dress
I prefer formal attire, yet in times of isolation, the rules can be relaxed. Nudity is too much, no matter how matter impressive one’s physique. Pyjamas are a no-no, too. Sporting a kaftan on the call may make you feel like a charismatic tech billionaire dialling in from The Bahamas. But everybody knows you aren’t — so put a shirt on. We don’t need to know if you are totally starkers below the table.
 
2) Nose picking is verboten
Not only is it dangerous in a respiratory health crisis, it is disgusting.
 
3) Don’t pout at yourself, narcissist!
Yes we can see that you like looking at yourself in your screen but this isn’t your morning vanity session. Applying make-up is even more obnoxious — you aren’t an influencer and this isn’t Instagram. If you can’t stop staring at your own image, close the window or move away from the camera.
 
4) Eating
Probably best avoided — though a snack or piece of fruit is acceptable, as long as you can close your mouth while chewing. Cooking or preparing a full meal while saying ‘how about we take a step back here guys …’ may make you feel like a master of the new universe — but it can go badly wrong if you burn yourself or set off the fire alarm.
 
5) Backdrop
Always think before you start a call: what is behind me? Does it show how interesting and original I am? Heaving bookshelves are ideal — especially if they can hint at some intellectual hinterland: a handsome and complete set of Gibbon’s Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, say, or À la recherche du temps perdu (in French).
 
Alternatively, a bit of moody art can work just as well. Avoid crude motivational slogans (‘It never gets any easier. You just keep getting stronger.’) These suggest you need reminders to try hard. Sensitive artistic erotica is fine — adolescent babe/hunk pictures probably best taken down. Best of all are motor racing and large Porsche posters, flashing McLaren owners handbooks to direct a conversation onto your new non-Porsche car is not advisable.
 
6) Communal laughing
If somebody makes a joke in a video conference — no matter how bad — the done thing is to laugh loud and long. Imagine you are a sidekick on an over-caffeinated breakfast radio show. Do not be the one staring stone-faced at the screen while every other video-face chuckles.
 
If you have stopped listening, just wait till you hear laughter and laugh along. Be sure to stop laughing by the time the conversation has moved on.
 
7) Alcohol
Depends on the boss. Play it by ear — or eye. If you are on a conference in a different time zone (or Region), just say ‘it’s getting late here’ as you pour yourself a glass of wine — this will make you look professional in your downtime, even if it is actually 10.45 a.m. If you need to refill, maybe do so out of shot. Cockburn pro-tip: tilt the glass to avoid a noisy pour.
 
8) Blame the tech
If in doubt, blame the internet/screen/computer/app. If you have a terrible attention span, just sound frustrated and say: ‘It keeps buffering’.
Equally, if your office rival is on a roll, spoil his flow by pretending there is a connection problem: ‘Sorry I lost you there David…sorry David…David? David?’
If David still somehow manages to make his point over your protestations, wait a moment and say: ‘Sorry David I didn’t catch a word of that.’
 
9) Animal/child diversion
Never work with pets and children, say people in television. But a dog, cat or child can be a useful attention-grabbing move in a video conference. If, for instance, David is getting into his stride again as he scales those projected growth figures, suddenly shout ‘SIT! I SAID SIT DOWN! DOWN!’ as violently as you can. This should stun the call into silence. Then disappear and return quickly clutching adorable animal in fond embrace. ‘Sorry guys this is Barney/Boris/Dilyn’. Let the ‘awwwws’ fade out and get back to business: ‘Right, where were we … David?’
David will carry on but everyone knows you have burst his bubble.
Children can be similarly employed but must be well-trained.
 
10) Interrupting
With split-screen technology, interruptions are inevitable. So go bold. If you feel you may have interrupted somebody, don’t stop, whatever you do — that shows weakness. The video call is digital Darwinism: make sure you aren’t the silenced. Or, if you run out of things to say while talking, try what Cockburn calls the ‘reverse-interruption’, a classic diversionary technique for career bluffers. If you lose track of what you are saying, turn on the least vocal person on the call: ‘Amanda, I think I interrupted you there.’ If Amanda says she wasn’t saying anything, double down with: ‘Oh, I see, right…’ and leave an awkward silence while everyone contemplates Amanda’s failure to contribute. Sorry Amanda — but the virtual rat race has no time for quiet mice.
 
11) DO NOT attempt to urinate during a video call
You may think you can get away with it by muting/changing screen but if you make a mistake, you will never live it down. Unless, of course, you are a genuinely terrifying boss — then a noisy micturition can demonstrate your awesome power. Wait for David to start talking again, turn the volume up, and go for it.
 
Thanks to and credit USA Spectator and apologies to them for my modest modifications...

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Re: Virtual monthly meetings anyone? 2020/03/21 12:04:39 (permalink)
Excellent Ralph!
 
We have space for one more to join us for Sunday evening's trial into Region virtual meetings.  Anyone?  Computer with webcam/mic needed.  I think it will work on a phone but you won't see much!
 
We are going to be using this for a family get together on Mother's Day earlier in the day too.
 
I know the Board members are very keen on the video conference concept and I will feed back the results of our meeting on Monday.  Maybe all the Regions/Registers can get some funding or a group account to allow us unlimited time for our meetings instead of the 40 mins free time.
 
I would be interested to know the optimum number of (speaking) participants for one of these. I believe the Zoom platform allows for up to 49 to join a meeting but I guess a lot of those would be observers? 

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