Here’s how I have conducted keynotes since the beginning of May. I've now delivered just over 30 virtual keynotes, so I've got some practice.

Wall-mounted 40-inch flatscreen TV. Apple TV air playing slides from Mac 1 while Mac 2 has two HD cameras plugged into it to deliver the feed to the client’s platform of choice.

Camera 1 for straight-on keynote and Camera 2 for Q&A while sitting down different views to engage the audience.

Sometimes I use a third angle as Camera 1 is a Tenveo 3X model that rotates 270degrees, so I might use it for a whiteboard session, as an example. Or I use it to tell a story with a different background, like my books.

Dependent on the platform I can switch cameras manually or by using Elgato Stream Deck.

PollEv embedded into PowerPoint so I get simultaneous crowd participation. Polls, word clouds, quizzes, etc. They love it.

Cordless Logitech USB mouse (obviously) to flip slides plugged into Mac 1. USB lav-mic hooked up to Mac 2. Sonos speakers in the office piping in any client audio hooked up to Mac 2 via Bluetooth.

QuickTime to record every keynote. (So I can capture it and use it later on for anything or any way I choose.) Adobe Premiere Essentials to create fantastic videos with transitions, cuts, audio overdubs, additional graphics, etc.

Six lights for (dark) morning sessions.

Moisturizer, baby powder, and prayers to make my head far less shiny.

Oh, and I wear shorts. That’s a plus.

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And here's a short video of the setup in action from my home studio.



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  • Dan is a conference organizer’s ideal speaker. Not only did he inspire and energize our group, but he also masterfully adapted his content so it resonated with the audience and our conference theme. As a bonus, Dan is able to nimbly navigate to adjust to a reduced time slot when other speakers went over time without sacrificing the impact of his session.

    Director and General Counsel
  • Dan accomplished what we set out to do, which was not only to be inspirational, but also to leave everyone with tools and food for thought / self-reflection to improve their personal and professional lives.

    Hermann Handa, FCT
  • Dan challenged us to have clarity of purpose, both as individuals and as an organization. He related inspiring stories drawing on his experience in business, technology and academia. As he said, ‘There is no ownership without belonging.’

    Christian Pantel, D2L
  • Dan Pontefract suggests leaders must be transformational and transactional, collaborative and considerate, daring and decisive, inclusive and insistent, playful and formal, harmonious, and humble, encouraging and results-driven. In a word, Flat.

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