Just because you’re not in the same room as the people you’re meeting with doesn’t mean you can’t feel close to them. Icebreakers are a tradition that helps people who have to work together get to know each other through activities that range from straightforward to silly. It lightens the mood and gets people talking. In a videoconference, this is all the more important, as feeling comfortable on the screen has a lot to do with how you feel about the other people on the call.
There are hundreds of good reasons to have a meeting. The budget needs to be finalized. The building is being renovated and the architects want to show off the plans. The company is looking to hire a new person. Your boss wants to give you a raise (the best).
People are often on their best behaviour in virtual meetings – at least when it comes to paying attention. Why? Everyone can see them. It’s not really an option to shift eyes to look at another screen or sneak a peek at one’s text messages. When everyone is facing each other on their individual screens, the collective eyes of the virtual meetings room are on everyone equally. While we are all often tempted to zone out during a meeting or prone to distractions during meetings, we also don’t want to get caught doing it.
With the wonderful world of technology and the Internet we have many more ways to communicate with the world around us. Webinars are one form of online communication that make it easy to present ideas, information, tutorials and a variety of data to an interested audience.
Congratulations – you got the interview! As the company you want to work for is forward-thinking and tech-minded, they may want to do your interview on a videoconferencing platform. For many businesses, this is now the preferred way to go about it. The number of applicants for every job being filled has been rising since the recession. A virtual interview lets them learn more about each candidate than a telephone interview would allow, before bringing them in for the real deal.
Practically every profession, from law to medicine to retail, has its professional conferences. It’s a worthy investment to increase visibility in the field and expose professionals to new ideas that they can bring back and use. But the cost of attending a professional conference can be a great strain on company resources. Hotel, airfare, registration, meals, and transportation add up to a not insignificant sum.
The beauty of online marketing, as marketing organizations have come to appreciate, is that you can reach out to your target audience using less time and money and for good reason. Because really, in today’s world of business competition and perpetual race for cost efficiency, the organization that can best manage resources survives, if not, leads the pack.
You’re holding a meeting. Suddenly you notice their eyes are glazed over. You hear the soft z-z-z-z sound of snoozing. That’s when you know — you’re in a boring update meeting. There’s a better way, and it’s surprisingly easy to organize. Today’s post is a quick guide.
The way we work has radically changed in the past decade. Traditionally, people came to the office and stayed there for eight hours to work, now people do not have to be physically present, but, still remain productive. In the past, important meetings with clients required travel and at a high cost to the company. Now, the Internet enables us to collaborate on work projects face to face, even when we are physically apart – sometimes, even when we are on different continents and different time zones.
There’s always something about expertise that commands a stream of followers and loyal patrons. In whichever industry, the market is almost always captured by those who are considered experts in their respective fields. People want to deal with experts when they are looking for the best person or company to do business with. They are willing to listen and partner with persons or entities that exhibit a fair share of expertise. People are looking for who to trust, and expertise, both perceived and realized, is an important cornerstone in building that trust.