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A large proportion of the webinar software providers and web conferencing tools use this approach and in certain circumstances, we think it can be just dandy.
Having said that, have you ever wondered what would happen if halfway through your most complex point, Andy from accounts is walking back from the coffee machine and trips over your cable? If it was ripped from the wall and all you had staring back at you was a black screen? What then?
How can you concentrate on sounding like a rock star if you have the stress and strain of worrying that things are going to go wrong?
Here are the facts. Sharing your screen to many others outside of your network puts some hefty weight on your poor little desktop.
CPU usage when screen sharing is typically between 85-100%, which doesn’t leave room for much else!
If your content is basic Power Point slides, this may be just groovy.. But what if you want to be a little more 2015 and include some nice slide transitions and rich media, some video perhaps?
Streaming video and animations through desktop sharing to your audience, makes for some very jumpy viewing. It may even cause your system to sporadically freeze every now and again, leaving you to explain why you can’t change slides right now.
This is why we are deliberately different. We built our platform to reflect our key values. Your Online Event should have Your Content and Your Brand, and be run on a Platform You Trust.
Let’s address these individually:
Sharing your screen means you have little to no choice about your event being live.
Some solutions can offer the recording option, so that you can use your presentation again. Firstly, deciding to pre-record your session so that it can be played at the time of your event to ‘appear live’ to your audience is nothing short of brilliant.
Are you a nervous presenter? No problem.
Connection have its off days? Don’t sweat it.
One of our team members can help you do the whole thing a few days in advance. We can then edit it and polish it to make sure what your attendees get on the day, is perfection.
The number of attendees you have can make even more of an impact.
The more people you share your screen with, the more strain you put on your device and the greater the chance of having issues during your event.
Surely for events where you want as big an audience as possible, perhaps if you’re doing an event for lead generation purposes, you certainly wouldn’t want to have the risk of poor content delivery or technical difficulties, would you?
To sum up, screen-sharing to a few colleagues or some friends may be an excellent idea!
Informal internal communications or training could certainly benefit from this method. To take your session to the next level though, a solution like WorkCast can add value to every piece of the Online Events puzzle, leaving you to put your proverbial feet up.