If you have had success adding an image or a video as a virtual background to your last meeting, consider taking it up a notch by incorporating a digital whiteboard to facilitate your next meeting.

So, what’s stopping you from using a digital whiteboard as a virtual background?

  • You have never seen anyone use a digital whiteboard as a virtual background so you never knew it was possible. Watch this video.
  • You are not sure of the best app for your tablet and/or computer to write letters, draw sketches, or annotate on top of your existing visuals during a meeting.
  • You weren’t taught how to speak extemporaneously and the thought of starting from a blank canvas intimidates you.
  • You aren’t using a virtual camera.
  • You haven’t had enough practice using a digital whiteboard so you don’t have the confidence to lead your team with one.
  • You still think people can read your flip chart standing next to you in the camera input source.
  • Your handwriting is terrible.
  • You rely too much on presentation slides to deliver information during a meeting and unable to deviate from your script.

There are several different configurations where you can set up an environment with a digital whiteboard as your virtual background. Create a scene in your virtual camera software and use desktop screen share as the background. Then when it’s time to go live, activate your digital whiteboard with a blank white canvas to begin.

It takes practice to use a digital whiteboard just like it takes time to learn how to use a flip chart effectively.

Eight Reasons to Use a Digital Whiteboard as Your Virtual Background

  1. Engage meeting participants in the creative process of finding their solution together as a trusted partner.
  2. Minimizes communication mistakes by allowing the facilitator to clarify answers on the digital whiteboard.
  3. Video camera humanizes the interaction with the flip chart as opposed to having screen share only.
  4. Improve the productivity of meetings by having visual summaries of the ideas and concepts discussed.
  5. Saves time from building fancy PowerPoint presentations that summarize the notes and only a few people review.
  6. Promotes creativity of problem-solving and decision-making with teams internally.
  7. Annotations from the digital whiteboard end up becoming intellectual property, designs for product ideas, and templates for content marketing design.
  8. You differentiate the way you show up in your meetings compared to the millions of users now on Zoom.


Organizations bring in Doug Devitre from St. Louis, Missouri USA when they want to dramatically increase operational performance, create breakthrough value propositions, and serve customers beyond geographical constraints on a minimal budget. For more than a decade he has been setting trends with how organizations engage customers with social media, video marketing, and custom-built software applications. Doug’s book Screen to Screen Selling published by McGraw Hill pioneered the way sales professionals sold homes without being physically present before the COVID-19 pandemic. He is one of a select few who have earned the Certified Speaking Professional Designation from the National Speakers Association and has experience as a REALTOR.

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