Workshop

Virtual Meeting Rig

How to turn your office into a broadcast studio on any budget

Build an Incredible Workshop Workstation

As we adjusted to the 100% virtual work reality, our founder, Douglas Ferguson, spent countless hours researching and dialing in the perfect workshop workspace. It includes 5 screens, 2 microphones, hardware switcher controls, and more.

Whenever we run workshops, attendees are always amazed and curious about how he is doing what he does. We decided to offer a workshop to help you learn how to implement the hardware and software that Douglas is using to power up your own workshops.

Don’t have a big budget? No worries, Douglas is going to walk you through each decision and some cost-effective alternatives to some of the choices he made. You can decide what’s important for you and invest accordingly.

Date

November 18, 2020

Time

9am-10:30am CST​

Location

Live Online

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What to expect

What to Expect

Douglas built an astounding workshop workstation with 5 screens, multiple cameras, and hardware switchers. While this may be out of your budget or time commitment, he learned a ton in the process. You’ll get a glimpse into his process and you’ll learn some important tips on how to design a facilitation station that aligns with your individual needs and budget. You’ll also have time to ask questions in real-time to help you with your own design considerations.

What You'll Learn

Starting with min specs, Douglas will share the constraints he placed on himself as he designed his perfect virtual workstation. These guidelines were rooted in facilitation best practices with a goal of maximizing capabilities, minimizing workload, and retaining a high level of human connection with workshop attendees. Next you’ll learn hyper tactical advice and tools, such as lights, cameras, and scene switching software. Douglas will even provide a shopping list so that you can replicate a part or all of his incredible workshop workstation.

How You'll Learn

The class will be activity-based with guided instruction and collaborative sessions. You’ll not only learn the how and why Douglas built his workspace through trial and error, but you’ll also get to ask questions specific to your needs. He won’t just talk at you ; you’ll learn through doing, working with other participants, and from feedback on how to address your unique issues. There will be plenty of time for Q&A, so you can learn from his painstaking research and experimentation starting in early 2020 and ongoing.

Agenda

Background

How to choose a background.

Lights

Select and install lights.

Cameras

Webcams and DSLRs.

Scene Switching

Intercept your video stream.

Who Should Attend

Leaders & Executives

who need to increase the production quality of their online appearance.

Manager & Team Leads

who want to inspire a bit more enthusiasm in their teams.

Facilitators

who still want to light up the room, even if it’s virtual.

Anybody

who just wants to make their meetings a little more magical.

Key Takeaways

How to avoid looking like you are being interrogated.

The 3-point lighting system.

How to get the most out of your camera.

How to put picture in picture on Zoom.

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Douglas Ferguson

Douglas Ferguson is an entrepreneur and human-centered technologist with over 20 years of experience. He is the founder and president of Voltage Control, an Austin-based facilitation agency that specializes in helping teams work better together through participatory decision making and design inspired facilitation techniques. He has helped transform teams from U.S. SOCOM, the Air Force, Adobe, Dropbox, Fidelity, Vrbo, Liberty Mutual, Humana, and SAIC.

Douglas is a thought leader and master facilitator of Design Sprints, Innovation Acceleration, Team Alignment, Meeting Systems, Culture Transitions, and Change Transformations. He is also the author of three books: Beyond the Prototype, How to Remix Anything (co-authored), and Start Within (co-authored).

Motivated by a mission to rid the world of horrible meetings and offer meaningful meetings in their place, Voltage Control is calling upon fellow facilitators to transform meeting and innovation culture. From free weekly community meetups to Control the Room–the annual facilitator summit, Voltage Control is building a community of facilitators to change the world.

What People Are Saying

I realized my entire role is facilitation. I have to do a lot of lateral influencing. So I use these skills even if it is not a super-structured workshop. Our product team has micro meetings all the time, and these methods help us get the most of those moments. My team can lean on me to facilitate. You will redesign the way you have conversations. I can’t believe every college student doesn’t have to take a class like this. This is how you collaborate. It is the underpinning of the future of work.

Savannah C.

PRODUCT DESIGNER @ TAILWIND

Photo Disclaimer

Please note that photographs, video & audio recordings will be taken throughout this event. These will be used by Voltage Control for marketing and publicity in our publications, on our website and in social media, or in any third party publication. Please contact our events manager, Tara, if you have any concerns or if you wish to be exempted from this activity.​

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