Hello Fellow Woodworkers,
Our annual Show and Tell meeting is one of the more popular topics that we have for meetings. The meeting will be a hybrid meeting with the option to present a project in person at The Backchannel School of Woodworking or virtually via Cisco WebEx. For those presenting online, this offers a good opportunity to show a piece that is too large to easily/safely bring in, or is attached to your house, or possibly is at a friend’s or relative’s house. Oh, regular-size things are also completely welcome. Any project that you have completed or are still working on will be fine, we simply want to see what you’ve made!
As in previous years and as an added incentive to participate, we will have some door prizes (we’re still working on specifics, but assume gift certificates and/or products that all woodworkers would like!) to give out. We won’t be voting on specific prizes (i.e., 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc.) since there’s no easy way to do that virtually, but for every person who participates by showing something that they’ve made, their name will be “thrown into a hat” and winners of the door prizes will be randomly selected from the hat. If you simply want to join the virtual meeting to see what your brothers and sisters have been up to, that’s fine, too, but it would be great to have LOTS of participants.
For those presenting online, you will have the option to show your project via live video (from your smartphone or video camera), or digital photos/video that you have stored on your phone, tablet, or computer (whatever device you use to connect to the meeting).
An easy way for you to participate is by using a smartphone (ensure that you have downloaded the app). Even if you normally join our virtual meetings via your tablet/laptop/computer, using your smartphone will allow you to simply turn the camera around (like you’re taking a photo) when it’s your turn to present and talk to the rest of us. What you see on your screen is exactly what we’ll be seeing, so you can get close to details, change angles, etc., and we’ll see it all and be able to hear you just fine. When you’re done, simply flip the camera back around and watch the rest of the meeting. If you want to watch the rest of the meeting from a larger screen, simply join the meeting from that device and sign off from your phone.
Please consider participating in this Show & Tell virtual meeting. We would love to see what you’ve been up to and, more importantly, continue one of our club’s traditions.
Some additional details:
If you are presenting and you want to use your smartphone as the video and audio source, you will need to download the Cisco Webex Meetings app from the App store on your iPhone or the Play Store for Android phones.
A steady camera results in less pixelation. If someone else is available to shoot the video, that usually works better.
If you want to show photos or PowerPoint images, you will have the option to share your screen or a specific window by clicking the “Share” button at the bottom of the screen when it is your turn to present.
If you are uncomfortable sharing your screen for photos, rename the photos in numerical order (e.g. Table 1, Table 2, etc), and then you can email the photos to James Gabello at firstname.lastname@example.org