Whomever may be reading this, hello!
Like many folks, I attend church on a regular basis. Unlike many folks, the church I attend isn’t your normal run of the mill. But enough about that. I don’t believe in Prosthelytizing. I only said what I did to provide some context for what comes next.
We moved into a new building at the first of the year. Upon moving, I was asked if I would like to participate by operating the PowerPoint slide show. And therein lies a world of wonders I’ve recently encountered.
I’d always noticed the slide shows as they were presented. For a brief period I had also pondered whether I might volunteer to assist. But there were some pretty strong personalities involved so I shied away from it. However, situations change and this one did. So I said yes to the opportunity. Little did I know what I was in for!
Being interested in Adobe Captivate, I was aware of PowerPoint, but really, aside from the classroom import had never really had a reason to use it in earnest. Well I have a reason now!
PowerPoint 2010 is an amazing tool. But I’d be lying if I said that the duties were only PowerPoint. See, our church also incorporates live video. Both the PowerPoint and the live video are projected to a wall on either side of the stage. Additionally, the same signal is also transmitted to a flat panel HDMI TV in the lobby area. So the job entails many different details. I have to switch between PowerPoint and live video at appropriate moments. I also have to ensure I am presenting the proper slide at the right time. And if that weren’t enough, I also have been tasked with controlling lighting, as the switches are right next to where the media PC is placed. So at specific points in the service, I must dim the lighting accordingly.
So now I’m deep into PowerPoint. Also using a product called Screen Monkey and am finding that more time than I anticipated is being spent on volunteer work.
Cheers for now… Rick 🙂