On Our ‘You've Never Rocked #WFH Like This Before’ Webinar

I present many webinars in my role at Runecast, and it’s honestly one of the most fun aspects of my job. Sometimes they’re focussed on a specific security standard. Sometimes they cover a new feature that we’re bringing to market. Those are both pretty cool, mainly because I have to put my learning hat on in my preparation (no, I don’t just keep this stuff in my head all of the time).

By far the most fun events, though, are those where I get to try something a little different. We did this recently with a webinar focussed on Working From Home. We talked about the challenges that many of us have faced and are still facing.

Webinar Description: Be a laser beam: Carve out focus time. Make your workspace the only slave to the grind. Deal with distractions head on. Kev Johnson shares some tips he’s picked up over the years as a home-based worker.


We covered a lot of ground in that hour. Even though I tried to leave plenty of time for interaction at the end, the audience just kept coming at me with great thoughts and ideas – I was sad to have to wrap up at the top of the hour, and we’ll be back with more like this. 

A question that I get asked a lot on Twitter is about what kind of kit I use in my home office, so I figured that it might be easiest to share here.

  • Desk – Flexispot E6 motorised adjustable desk frame, with reclaimed wooden top.
  • Computer – 2019 Macbook Pro 16”
  • Displays – a pair of LG 27” 4K screens, plus an LG 29WL50S ultrawide mounted vertically
  • Camera – Sony Alpha 7 III full-frame camera, with FE 28-700 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens
  • Secondary Camera – Sony Alpha 6000, with 16-50 3.5-5.6 OSS lens
  • HDMI Switcher – ATEM Mini Pro ISO
  • Microphone – a mix of a Blue Yeti for podcasts etc., and Rode Wireless Go (with Lavalier Go) for webinars. There’s a Rode VideoMic Pro (and a deadcat muffler) mounted on the hot-shoe of the primary camera, but I use that primarily for outdoors recordings – mostly of the dog!
  • Tablet – iPad Pro (primarily used to keep track of time, but also put into use for whiteboard sessions and even for sketching out terrible images for ideas for infographics etc
  • Lighting – 2 x Elgato Keylight
  • Field Monitor – Neewer 5.4” field monitor
  • Elgato popup chromakey greenscreen
  • Clicker – Logitech Spotlight presentation clicker (this thing is incredibly awesome)
  • Seat – I don’t know what this is, I bought it about 6 or 7 years ago and dream of replacing it with a Herman Miller Aeron when I win the lottery

So that’s probably a bit overkill for most of you, unless you’re a pretty serious YouTuber, but I do get a lot of comments about the how clear my video feed is. The Alpha 7 is an excellent piece of kit, and the glass on the front of it helps. More important than that, though, is the lighting. Absolutely the most cost-effective way to improve video quality for your interminable Zoom calls is to enhance your lighting.

I hope this was useful to you! If you have any feedback about anything in the webinar, ideas about cool topics for us to cover in future webinars or just fancy a chat you can always reach me on Twitter

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About the Author | Kev Johnson

Kev is a time-served sysadmin, technology consultant, and 5-time vExpert. Prior to joining Runecast as Systems Engineer, he was the Technical Marketing Architect for vSphere Lifecycle at VMware. Outside of work, his passions are Scottish football, cheese, craft beers, travel, and spicy foods. You can find Kev at his blog https://v-it.pro and also as a co-host on the OpenTechCast podcast. Find him on Twitter @kev_johnson.