As is usual with Webheads, we experiment things in advance and that’s what I did yesterday evening with my husband. And again late this morning. The strategy was to have all the pages I needed to show open in different Chrome tabs and, while screensharing, move from the presentation slide (also open in a tab) to the other different tabs in a seamless way. Just by clicking each tab. It worked.
Ten minutes before starting time, I commented with Vance Stevens that when testing the presentation with my husband, every time I started screensharing, I’d leave (lose touch with) the Hangout and be faced with only the presentation slide or tab I was in. However, my voice was heard and I could hear my husband.
That's when he told me that, in order for me to stay inside the Hangout while presenting and see exactly what the attendees were seeing, as well as be able to follow the text chat, I needed to have my presentation and tabs open in a different browser when screensharing. Hmmm… That was a first for me. I’d never heard of that before, though coming from Vance I didn’t doubt it for a minute.
Having to make a very quick decision, I decided on taking the risk of adopting my tested strategy: have everything open in the same browser as the Hangout. Webheads are risk-takers by nature. If things didn't work, we'd solve the problem, as we usually do.
It worked. There was no glitch. What a relief!
And what a fabulous 90 minutes I spent with friends, presenting, answering questions and just socializing at times: Fernanda Rodrigues (Portugal), Jennifer England (Spain), Marijana Smolcec (Croatia), Nina Liakos (USA), Robert Wachman (Philippines) and Vance Stevens (UAE). In another platform, following the stream: Peggy George (USA), Rita Zeinstejer (Argentina) and Svetlana Obenausova (Czech Republic). Quite an international group!
Later I understood that Vance had to do some juggling with my thumbnail in the Hangout so that the attendees could see my presentation and my video image. Is that right, Vance?
I’ll be trying Vance’s process in the next few days, because I need to understand how all this works. All I can say is “Thank you, Vance, for inviting me to share my presentation with the Webheads and to take the risk with me!” All’s well that ends well!!! :-)