2021 Idaho Conference Info

Connect and Grow Virtually - Friday, February 19th, 2021

Friday, February 19, 2021

Virtual Conference – Idaho Statewide
8:00am – 4:30pm

~Virtual Lobby Opens at 7:00am~

This is a FREE Event


Before the Meeting:


You Must Be Registered.


This Smart Women Smart Money Idaho Virtual Conference will be available to all women across the state of Idaho! As always, there are no registration fees for this conference.


Control video and audio quality.


Invest in a quality webcam and speaker and microphone headset or a higher quality camera with built-in microphone.  These provide better video and audio than your computer’s built-in system. Try to do your best to be in a quiet, indoor location to control ambient noise when you are not muted.


Bandwidth and signal. 


If you can, increase your bandwidth. If you are wireless, try to remain close to the wireless router and consider installing a signal booster in areas of low signal strength. When you have the option, choose wired (instead of wireless) for video conferencing.


Practice speaking to the camera and not the screen.


Our tendency is to look at the person on the screen, but you should look at the camera when you speak so the audience feels like you’re talking directly to them.


Adjust your lighting.


Don’t sit directly in front or beside a bright light source, or else all the audience sees is a bright light and a shadowy figure. Experiment with moving lamps and your camera until you can see your brightly-lit face on the screen.


Think about your background.


Try to provide a nice, plain background. If your treadmill is in your office and you use it more as a place to hang laundry, that’s not really the best visual for your audience. You can’t control everything in a mobile environment, but you should give some thought to the background prior to the meeting.


During the meeting:


Identify Yourself.


The easiest way to do this is to be sure and use the video feature for Zoom. Please be sure your zoom “box” that appears on the screen has your first and last name. We are working as hard as possible to make this virtual conference feel like the same spirit of community you might experience at one of our in-person conferences. For this reason, you must have your camera on to participate in this zoom virtual event. 


Mute your microphone until Q&A.


Zoom has a “Mute Microphone” option that cuts down on ambient feedback for the audience. When there is a lot of back-and-forth discussion you will turn this off, but you should mute yourself when listening to a presenter.


Use Zoom’s chat function.


You can send a question or statement to everyone.


Think about your actions on camera.


Always remember that everyone can see you. Someone is watching as you take a big, wide-mouth yawn, stretch, or wander around the room. These exaggerated movements are distracting to the audience and can be disruptive to the speaker. Try to stay still and be attentive. Any use of profanity or any inappropriate behavior will result in dismissal from the virtual event.

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