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Best Practices for Hosting Adobe Connect Meetings

Several of you have asked for tips on hosting Connect meetings. This information, along with lots more, came from the Adobe Connect Community.
The Adobe Connect Community has even more tips.
  1. Arrive early and greet participants as they enter the room.
  2. Everyone who is broadcasting audio should use a headset with a microphone.
  3. Minimize distracting background noise during the meeting. Turn off phones, pagers, and watch alarms. Close the door to the room and/or place a sign on the door.
  4. Set an engaging pace and monitor the audience. Vary your pace to keep participants interested. Encourage participants to give you feedback on the pace of the session using the emoticons in the Attendee pod. All meeting room attendees can access the emoticons by clicking the My Status bar at the top of the Attendee List pod. All attendees can also clear their status using the My Status bar after their question has been answered or their status has been noted. To view the Attendee List Tutorial, visit Attendee List Tutorial.
  5. Actively engage the participants:
    • Use the whiteboard and annotation features to draw attention to certain items on the screen. 
    • Include multimedia elements such as video clips, pictures, and sound clips.
    • Turn participants into presenters.
    • Ask learners to share their opinions or experiences with the group.
    • Use polling throughout the meeting. Polling results are immediate. Share and discuss them with participants.
    • Ask thought-provoking questions and select participants to respond.
    • Don't limit yourself to lecture. Develop and implement ideas for additional formats like game shows (Jeopardy), talk shows, and interactive interviews.
  6. Recruit a moderator or facilitator to help you run the Adobe Connect meeting room. This person should be able to resolve technical issues such as helping participants who are having trouble logging on or starting their video and/or audio broadcasts. Distribute the contact information for the moderator to participants prior to the first class session so they know who to contact. You can set up a separate chat pod for your moderator to use to communicate directly with you without interrupting the class.
  7. Considering having a co-presenter. Taking turns talking adds variety and gives the presenter(s) a break to prepare for a new topic or change in activities.
  8. Consider having a colleague in the audience. The colleague can log in remotely as a participant and monitor the participant experience and alert the moderator to concerns.
  9. Use the record feature to record the meeting. You can make this recording available for participants who missed the scheduled class meeting. You can also learn a lot about the meeting and your delivery by reviewing the recorded presentation.