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