What’s next: The tech behind a great virtual meeting

The Why, How to, and What’s Next of Going Virtual

In this virtual world we live and work in how are you delivering impactful content, managing all the technical challenges and conducting meaningful meetings for your valued clients and prospects?

In this online presentation, professional speaker Chuck Hopper, recent dean of the Speakers Academy, gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the equipment, techniques, and best practices to manage virtual meetings confidently and competently. Join us to learn tips, tricks, and back-up plans for when your sound is not working or your internet connection suddenly drops and you, the meeting lead, are booted off the call.


  • Checklist of affordable tools 
    • Lighting: ring, box, small or large, color or white, placement
    • Microphones: WiFi, wired, or Bluetooth vs. ear pods vs. yelling!
    • Cameras: computer. DSLR, webcam, iPhone
    • More Advanced: switching controllers, eye glasses
  • Presentation skills needed to maintain audience or employee attention
    • Polls: size, timing, what to do with the results
    • Chats: good or bad?
    • Breakout rooms: when do they work?
    • Backgrounds: Follow the K.I.S.S. principle     
    • Internet failure:  Now what?
  • COVID-19 changes that have and might occur and how you might take advantage of them
    • Staying virtual as an option
    • Using more virtual after going live
    • New opportunities for different business models


After founding and selling multiple companies, professional speaker Chuck Hooper brings more than five decades of business experience to his presentations. This past year, he served as the dean of the Speakers Academy for the Northern California chapter of the National Speakers Association. His passion is helping others succeed.

Professional Credits

  • Leadership – 1 Professional Development Unit
  • Business Strategy - 1 Professional Development Unit

The Silicon Valley Project
Thought leadership for project management professionals

The Silicon Valley Project provides monthly virtual forums to expand our understanding of the evolving field of project management. A supportive network of seasoned practitioners and aspiring professionals, we share best practices and new ideas. We are a collaboration between PMI Silicon Valley Chapter and UCSC Silicon Valley Extension, organizations that provide exceptional opportunities for professional instruction, professional development units, and, in some cases accredited University of California credits.


The PMISV chapter will hold a short (15-minute) annual business meeting at the beginning of this event, including the 2020 annual business report and announcements by the chapter president and introduction of the board of directors.

Tuesday, December 1 at 6:00pm to 8:30pm

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