I am now offering my talks via Zoom.us

I have been delivering my talks since March via Zoom.us - it's been a year of learning new skills! 

It enables your members to view one of my talks in the comfort and safety of their own homes on their PCs, laptops, mobile phones etc.

I have my own Pro-Zoom.us account which means that there is no limit on the length of the on-line meeting.

I would send you/the secretary - a link with simple instructions for use that you e-mail to your members during the week before. 

The members click on the link at the allotted time on the event to 'enter' the meeting.  (There is no need for the members to download Zoom.us - they just use the link in the e-mail to enter the meeting). 

They will see the presentation slides - see me giving the talk - can ask me questions -and they can also see and hear other.  You are welcome to talk to each other before and after the talk - give notices etc. - it all adds to the pleasure of the event.  I have even had WIs singing Jerusalem on-line!  It's an easy and fun way to keep groups together in these strange times - and keeps people safe.

I can even provide a personalised welcome slide for your group/Society/WI to greet them at the start of the meeting.

I will gladly set up a ten-minute Zoom meeting with you (and your committee?) - so I can demonstrate how well it will work for your group - just ask.


E-mail me or telephone to discuss arranging this easy-to-use facility:  mgibsonbarton@toonstelling.com  or  07900 637171   


Testimonials about my Zoom.us talks


The Barton Society - in the USA - In September I was delighted to give a talk in the USA - using Zoom - to present my 'Elizabeth Barton - the Maid of Kent' talk to the USA Barton Society.  The chairman described the talk as "awesome!".


Shepherdswell WI: 'Thank you so much for the talk and for your help guiding our members with the on-line technology. It was great to see everyone saying hello to each other at the beginning and for them to see how well an on-line meeting can work. The talk was brilliant and I'm sure it made a nice change, in the current climate, for our members to watch something other than TV from the comfort of their own home.                                                                                                                                        Oxfordshire WI were entertained with my 'Life and Times of Edith Cavell' talk via Zoom in May and responded:  "Everyone so enjoyed your talk this afternoon – it was absolutely fascinating and we all learnt so much.  It is lovely to be able to sit back and have information and facts delivered so eloquently - a real treat.  In July I was invited back - Thank you so much for another wonderful talk.  The story of 'Eva Braun - Victim or Contriver?' was just so fascinating and told so well by you – very much enjoyed by the audience.  We've received lovely e-mails and comments.   


Harpenden U3A - the oldest U3A in the UK  

We were extremely nervous as it was our first Zoom meeting for members and it was to include the AGM. As the stand-in Chair for the meeting I was very worried about how  the technical side of things would go but right from the start you gave me such confidence as everything worked smoothly and I realised I didn't need to worry. And then I found your talk, 'Bruges - it's more than just chocolate' was so interesting that we arrived at the AGM before I knew it.  The AGM did indeed go very well - we had a quorum and now I am Chairman (how did that happen?!?) - but I'm honoured.


Further ideas for on-line talks: 

In July I was honoured to be invited to undertake my first telephone talk via the Macular Society telephone conference support facility.  It was fascinating to do and well received.     


I am a registered Mirthy Speaker and provide on-line talks via Mirthy - a social enterprise company - to McCarthy & Stone residents and many social groups - see  https://mirthy.co.uk/community-clubs/ ).  The talks are pre-recorded and can include an optional live question and answer opportunity with me after the talk.