5 Things I Learned from Watching My PowerPoint in Zoom

A week ago Friday, I  prepared a 20-minute Powerpoint for the weekly Zoomzoom logo 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.

USS Midway September 1945 deck log

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:

Deck Log presentation first page

  1. 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.
  2. I use um too often.   This was something I never suspected until I heard myself repeatedly use it.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?

18 thoughts on “5 Things I Learned from Watching My PowerPoint in Zoom”

  1. You braved Zoom, good for you! I haven’t had to present on Zoom (yet), but I watched two live plays on Zoom this quarantine and they were both blissfully awkward…or awkwardly blissful? Actors synched backgrounds so that they could pretend to be in the same space, but sometimes one was very loud and the other would be on mute. It was quite an experience, and I salute anyone who tries anything so ambitious!

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    1. I have not watched a play on Zoom Normally we just meet but recently on one of the Zoom groups, we’ve started giving 10-20 minute presentations that we’ve also been recording. Interesting to learn and watch later. It also gives the meetings some structure. Thanks for commenting.

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  2. I’ve been avoiding using Zoom for work, but I’ve used it for conferences. I feel very awkward seeing myself on screen. I try to focus on the people I’m talking to but I find myself being distracted by my own image. 🙂

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    1. I’m not crazy about Zoom either. I like the professional version better than the free version. I did learn a lot about my presentation skills from watching the recording later. I also saw the recording of a friend who presented last Friday. She did a good job and in the recording, I picked up on some things like a few ums that I did not notice when she gave the presentation.

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    1. It was a good learning tool and because it was recorded I got to review what I said. Interesting that you are not allowed to use it for work. What platform do you use?


      1. We use Teams. There are concerns about the security of Zoom – I did look it up and it seems there were issues around people getting into meetings who shouldn’t have been there and often heckling with racist language, etc. This is mostly solved now by giving people code just before the meeting. But any of our work devices will block Zoom so when I’ve used it I’ve had to use it on a personal device.

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  3. I’ve only been in a couple of zooms. We’ve been using Google Hangouts and now Google Meet for our poetry events. No presentations, just talking. So this is very informative. And funny. I’m sure you don’t um quite as much as you thing. Um.. where was I? 😉 It’s interesting to hear people’s experience with the technology. Just another way corona has permanently changed the landscape.

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  4. Pat, with life in general, nothing is ever where I expect it to be! LOL. But that would really throw me if I was trying to do what you did. I expect you’re being too critical of yourself. (I’m that way in the extreme.) My main reaction to all the video conferencing is — thank heaven they don’t have smell-a-vision. 😉 o_O
    Hugs on the wing!

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    1. Thanks, Teagan. I am usually too satisfied with what I’ve done rather than too critical. The only thing I can hope is what I found when looking at one of my friend’s Zoom recording. When I first heard her presentation, I could discern none of the ums I had heard when I reviewed my recording. However, I did hear a few ums after I listened to her recording.
      LOL on the smell a vision. One of our Zoom members used to show up reclining in his chair with his cat on his chest. Then he progressed to lying on his bed, with the same cat sprawled beside him. He is taking COVID relaxation to a new level.

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      1. I’m certainly no expert, not even a good amateur, but what I used to do… (I got my BS degree late in life, and a speech class was required. Someone asked me how I avoided saying Umm.)
        Once aware that we actually do say “Umm”… I find there are certain spots in the combination of thinking about what I’m saying and breathing — those spots are where an “Umm” would pop out. So in stead of letting the Umm out, I consciously close my lips. It’s only a fractional pause, not enough to be noticed, but it closes the Umm.
        Anyway, I’m just sharing. Have a terrific Tuesday. Hugs.

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