My talks via Zoom

Covid-19 changed the way clubs and societies work, and many embraced Zoom as a way to keep their club running. Some clubs are now continuing with a mixture of Zoom and in-person meetings. One advantage of Zoom is that you can get speakers from anywhere in the country (in fact, anywhere in the world if time zones allow) and there are no travel costs involved. Some groups also open their Zoom meetings to members from other groups.

I offer all of my talks via Zoom at a flat rate of £50, payable by bank transfer.

In order to participate in a Zoom meeting, your group members will each need a computer (pc, laptop, iPad, iPod, iPhone etc) with a screen plus either speakers or headphones. One of your members must host and manage the meeting. The host will need a paid subscription to Zoom, as the free access plan only allows meetings of 40 minutes, so is unsuitable for my talks, which generally last about an hour, plus time for questions if required. But only the host needs the paid subscription. The rest of the members access the meeting freee. A Zoom subscription costs £11.99 per month (I believe this is correct as at 25th February 2024), which many groups think is money well-spent since they don’t need to pay rent for thier venue when hosting a Zoom meeting, and there are no travel costs to pay to speakers.

As things stand right now, I am usually available for Zoom talks most days, daytime and evening.

Please contact me if you think your group would like to try this ‘new normal’ way of meeting.