A week ago Friday, I prepared a 20-minute Powerpoint for the weekly Zoom meeting of USS Midway (CV-41) Library volunteers. The group established the weekly Zoom meetings as a way to remain in touch while the Midway is closed because of the Coronavirus.
My topic was copying deck logs for the USS Midway from the National Archives in College Park MD. In a ‘normal’ year I usually go up once a month and copy one or more months of deck logs to a thumb drive. When I get home I upload the deck logs to an external hard drive.
Other volunteers on the Midway transcribe the deck logs. It is a good source of what happened on the ship each day and the names of the crew assigned to the Midway.
By looking at the recording of that presentation, I learned:
- I talk way too fast. In an effort to get through the presentation, I talked too fast and stumbled over my own thoughts and words.
- I use um too often. This was something I never suspected until I heard myself repeatedly use it.
- Zoom messes up how PowerPoint advances. I saw two previous Zoom lectures where PowerPoint functioned normally. I’m still uncertain why the presentation advanced when I was not touching the keyboard or the mouse.
- Quirks are magnified. Whether you are the presenter or in the audience, the viewers can see you twitch, smirk, glance around, eat or drink, nod off, etc.
- Directions are reversed on Zoom. When you are looking for something, if you use Zoom as your point of reference, it’s not on the side you think it is.
What are your Zoom experiences?