Tips for Using the LexGo Stage
- Place the LexGo window so that the speakers at the top are near your camera so you’re looking at the camera as often as possible.
- Make sure you add this video as a board on the stage in case there’s a technical difficulty and you need to tell everyone to hold on a minute:
- Give a 2 minute warning before starting the presentation. When it’s time to start, remember to switch from audio only mode to speaker mode.
- To present a Powerpoint or Keynote, first set it up to present into a window (not full screen) and then share that window. Have the window off to the side (keep LexGo where your picture is near the top of the screen by your camera). You can click the Powerpoint so it’s the front most window and then use arrow keys or the space bar to advance the content. You’ll be able to see your content below your video in the LexGo window (you can’t click in the LexGo window to advance, that needs to be in Powerpoint).
- Update the stage title and subtitle at the top with instructions for your audience.
- When you’re done (or shifting to table interaction time), make sure to set the stage to audio only mode so people at the tables see each other as large as possible (that way there’s no blank stage taking up the right part of their screens).
- Participant level users can’t jump onto the stage by themselves, they have to be invited up by clicking their name on the map and selecting ‘invite’.
- A great way to set up a ‘back stage’ space for speakers only is to create a ‘Back stage’ room and then ‘Prepare for broadcasting’. This will turn it into a stage that isn’t broadcasting — and limits to only speakers and staff who can enter the room.
- If you’re having an interactive session with audience questions, keep your map open and stretch the window to be very wide so you know if someone is standing in the ‘I have a question’ spot (if you’re using it) and can click them to ‘invite’ them to the stage.
- Have a second computer or iPad set up in an audience room so you can see what your audience sees (just make sure to mute it).
- When turning on the stage, make sure to broadcast it to the ‘I have a question’ table (if you’re using one) and a ‘Production booth’ where your second computer is connected. You can lock the production booth so no one jumps in.
- When using audio only mode on the stage remember that people at their tables are probably mid sentence so starting your announcement by grabbing their attention and a short pause so they can get quiet helps.
- If you have speakers who are going to be sharing their screen, make sure they do a test in the ‘back stage’ room first and know how to share their screen. They’ll need to do that again when they get on stage and then you can select their content as the live content the audience sees.
- If you need to move someone off the stage you can use the ‘move’ option when clicking their name on the map and move them to a table. You can also ‘eject’ them which will send them back to the lobby. You can also lock the stage if you keep having people jump up who shouldn’t be there - just keep in mind that if you leave you can’t get back on unless someone invites you.
- A smooth way to switch between content is to be in the combined view (people + content), then change to people only, click on the new content (or change to sharing a new screen and click it) and then go back to the combined view (people + content).
- If you’re using Read The Room to see the audience while you’re on the stage, make sure you have plenty of bandwidth and ideally put that on a separate monitor.