Just for a giggle I thought I’d share some behind the scenes with you all. I can say that the dress and make-up (or rather, total lack of make-up) is rather different than when I usually teach! Here I am waiting for the web seminar on the Mechanics of Machine Quilting (at the interweavestore.com) to begin:
A web seminar is sort of like a live radio broadcast with some slides thrown in. I prepared the slides and notes, then share them via the internet with Laura at Interweave. She works magic on her end, and using the GoToMeeting process we have a broadcast. Each person gets an invitation to join the meeting (or seminar) via the internet. Just before the appointed hour, you click on the email link, and it opens up a viewer for each person: the Presenters, hosts and viewers.
The Welcome screen is what was being displayed at that particular moment. On the left is a printout of the screens with my notes to myself in case I lost track of where I was. I will admit, I was more nervous than I thought I’d be—hope it didn’t show! at least not much. On the right is the Go To Meeting control panel, which showed Laura and Cate and me online; at the moment, I had my microphone muted while Cate did the intro. On the lower right is a section where Cate Laura and I could communicate by typing notes to each other without having to speak aloud for all to hear (like when I managed to not have the correct software open at the start…OOOOPS, Sarah!).
It went well, I had fun (even with the nerves), have now finally had lunch and am now ready for the rest of my day: raking dirt behind the garage, grocery shopping, picking up Eli after sports, and the usual evening stuff. I think I need a nap, chocolate, or both!