Webcast Wednesday

For those that missed MEDC or got overwhelmed by all the interesting sessions happening simultaneously, I'll be presenting "New Managed Messaging, State, and Notification APIs in Windows Mobile 5.0" in the form of a MSDN Webcast later this week.  The official page where you can get details and register is here.

For those reading this during my webcast, you're probably here because I just suggested downloading a copy of our class diagram to follow along with.  Click the thumbnail to get the whole thing:

Just between you and me (and by "you" I mean the people reading this before the webcast... otherwise, you're probably missing out on something really cool right now), I'm actually more nervous about this presentation than any of the actual MEDC events.  I've never done a webcast before so this will be an interesting experience.  I'm excited about being able to have notes scattered across my desk to ensure I don't forget anything... but I'm not so excited about being tethered to my desk and holding a phone up to my head for over an hour.  The most stressful part though is that won't be able to look out at people, realize that I'm not making any sense to them, and then tweak my style on the fly.  Any tips from someone who's done this sort of thing before?


Comments (4)
  1. MobileDevGroup says:

    Grab a headset for your phone (someone in marketing is bound to have one :). Then you don’t have to hold the handset up to your face the whole time!


  2. glengordon says:

    Robert, you’ve latched onto the key to making webcasts succesful. You are comfortable with how to tap into your audience during live presentations, you just need to adapt to a different delivery vehicle. Here are some tips that have helped me (I do about 30 webcasts a year):

    Try not to have too much "dead air". When you are live, people can watch your non-verbal communication on stage. Try to talk through much of what you are doing, as well as what you are thinking.

    Use a polling slide to ascertain people’s experience level up front, and to determine how well they are grasping the concepts at key points in the webcast.

    Encourage attendees to ask questions or give you feedback via their live meeting consoles. Check this question log after each demo.

    Here is my best tip though: Consider having someone familiar with the material serve as Q&A moderator on the webcast. They can monitor the question queue, answer questions, and raise the interesting questions up so you can discuss them live. They can also add color commentary. Having multiple voices on the webcast really increases the attendees’ enjoyment factor.

    Good luck!


  3. John Cody says:

    Hi Robert,

    That was a great case!

    Being that .NET cf apps require a minimum of 2MB of RAM to run, they are not very suitable for always-resident applications. And the RunAppatDateTime and RunAppatEvent API’s of WinCE 3/4 had very limited events that my program could use to launch itself.

    So, I was real happy to see the flexibility of not only being notified of a huge number of events, but that it will also launch my app if it’s not loaded 🙂

    Great job to you and the mobile dev team!

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