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Profile of Anatole
With our Ring 103 meeting place closed for the foreseeable future because of the pandemic, we're looking for options for virtual meetings via services like Zoom or WebEx.

Have any other IBM Rings had experience/success using either of those services? We're looking for tutorials/made- easy guides for getting our feet wet with this technology.

Amado "Sonny" Narvaez
Earl Edwards IBM Ring 103, Norfolk Virginia
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Our Ring has used zoom. IBM has made available a free version of zoom that allows for longer meetings. If you sign up for a free zoom account, the meeting can only be 40 minutes.

Go to for more information. once the meeting is set up, there are 2 short videos on how to host and how to join.

The biggest challenge we saw was getting members comfortable showing effects in frame, as well as making sure the lighting is good.
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I have been hosting the meetings for IBM Ring 56. Through professional speaking I've used practically every conferencing option on the market. Zoom is among the easiest platform for new users. The learning curve is not steep so even the least tech savvy members were up and running quickly. It totally debunked the myth of older people not being good with technology, they took to it like fish to water!

Through Zoom, members are able to join by a variety of devices; PC, tablet, smart phone, and even just phone (voice only). Some members even had older systems and still were able to join through the web browser option. It is a "leave noone behind" platform.

We have also hosted two great lectures, by Kozmo and Meir Yedid. One big hint is to use the "spotlight video" option. This locks their video feed as the main, big window. On a PC you simply have to mouse over their video, right click, and choose that option.

It really is a great option in these times.
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