Finger PointingThere is a small but very effective feature which you may not have yet noticed… the participant pointer.
During an online meeting when you’re presenting your screen and speaking, you move your mouse cursor around to ensure your participants understand exactly what you’re referring to. However when you’re a participant and you’re talking about something on the presenter’s screen, how can you make sure everyone knows what you are referring to?
When you’re in front of a computer with a couple of colleagues sitting next to you, it’s simple – you point with your finger. When you’re in an online meeting, you use the Mikogo participant pointer.

As an experienced Mikogo meeting organizer, it would be easy to have not seen this feature because it is accessible to the participants viewing your screen.

During a Mikogo meeting, any participant can click on the presenter’s screen and temporarily place a large colored cursor on the shared screen. The participant’s name is even written under the colored cursor to make it clear who is clicking and pointing when there are many participants in a meeting.

Mikogo Participant Pointer

There is nothing you need to do to find this feature. It is enabled in the software by default. Nothing for you to change or configure.

Next time your participant is talking about something they can see on your screen, just ask them to click on it. Now you know exactly what they are referring to. No confusions!

It sounds simple (and it really is!) but this has saved me so much time and made my online meeting discussions so much quicker and clearer. It’s probably my favorite Mikogo feature.
Not only does this feature reduce confusion between presenter and participants but it can also facilitate collaboration and get more of your participants to interact with your screen content.

The feature is also available to participants who join via the HTML Viewer from a desktop computer or mobile device.

Mikogo Participant Pointer Use Cases

From experience I have found that there are two common situations which make this feature essential:

  1. Group meetings – meetings with several people involve a lot of information as each person shares their screen and contributes to the discussions. The participant pointer ensures everyone knows what that one participant is referring to without upsetting the pace and flow of the meeting.
  2. Trainings – if someone is walking you through a new software application on your computer via an online meeting, they’ll be telling you to click this, then click that, etc. This can be frustrating when the application is so new to you and you don’t know where everything is. The trainer can just click on your screen to guide you on what to do.

Discussion: Have there been any other times when the participant pointer has helped you?