What a great time we live in with technology consistently improving and enhancing our lives, and, there is no better example than videoconference. There is no denying that videoconferencing has come of age and is now a widely used communication platform across a broad spectrum of business organizations. Developments in wireless and communications technology have allowed several of today’s business environments to take full advantage of videoconferencing technologies to foster real-time, face to face interactions anytime and from almost everywhere.
The current landscape of consumer preferences and approaches to decision making has transformed so considerably that a more personal approach to marketing products and services has become a necessary strategy. Marketing organizations have become well aware that the hit and miss character of content blasting just won’t cut it, and a more targeted content sharing is necessary to engage diverse market segments.
The effective and efficient provision of much needed services to public constituencies requires civil servants who are equipped not only with compassion and a desire to serve the people, but, also the capacity and professional training that will enable them to deliver quality services.
Webinars are powerful online communication tools because they are live and interactive. The experience of attending a webinar stands miles apart from going through a website or a blog entry even if it offers online live support. Fact is, the more a virtual communication mimics a face to face experience, the more engaging it becomes, the more it appeals to our natural sense of human contact.
It does not matter which industry you belong to, or how much you have embraced the fact that we now live in the age of internet technology, it is undeniable that online seminars, or what we have come to call webinars, have taken our current age of online communication by storm. People of different strokes are organizing webinars to introduce or advertise products and services, share new information, train people and staff, do business meetings, conduct lectures and even hold workshops. Indeed, the ways through which different organizations and industries are using webinars are as varied, and to a certain extent boundless, as the nature of communication itself.
Whether you’re creating a webinar or completing a presentation to show during a meeting, odds are you have to work with other people to get the job done. The working world was not design to be a one-man or one-woman show. Teamwork is hard work, whether or not you’re the one leading the pack. Ego, differing priorities, and conflicts of interest can arise when teamwork is sub par. While differences need to be addressed, the focus during a team project should be the final result or product. Being a good team player means not letting frivolities get in the way of that. Though there may not be an “I” in team – it’s not all about you – there is a “me,” in the sense that the success of the team depends on each individual’s participation as a good team player.
Power makes the world go ‘round – and in the professional world, it enhances our careers. Depending on who has power and how that power is used, both positive and negative outcomes can results from the use (or abuse) of power. The more power you had, the more carefully it needs to be exercised. But in general, we all want more power: it gives us a bigger say in decision-making and more control over our environment.
Conflict is central to the human experience. There is some degree of conflict in most areas of life, and particularly in work situations and in meetings. In general we tend to want to avoid conflict, but in fact it is unavoidable – and often the more you avoid a situation, the worse it can become. There are ways that we can use conflict to progress through a situation instead of trying to avoid it. Dealing with conflict is a skill, and one that you can get better at the more you meet conflict with strategic intervention.
PowerPoint is old school, and it’s not likely to go away anytime soon. As a user-friendly presentation tool, it still makes a regularly scheduled appearance at conferences and in web presentations, and it still serves its purpose. But you’re not likely to wow your audience with slide transitions and sound effects. There are literally dozens of other options for presentation software that offer new tricks that many audiences haven’t yet seen – or at least haven’t seen enough of to get bored with yet. Showing your audience a novel platform for your information delivery will get them focused on your presentation – if only because they want to see how it works and what you can do with it! Here we present and compare our top three choices for the best PowerPoint alternatives.
Business is global, and so should be our thinking about how to do business. Cultural differences don’t go away in a business meeting. In fact, awareness of different cultural practices and the business etiquette followed abroad can make all the difference in forming a new business partnership or making a sale. Videoconferencing is frequently used to reach business partners and clients abroad. Knowing how to behave during these meetings – how and what to say – will produce the best outcome for your company.