Virtual meetings are conducted online and allow users to communicate via voice, text and/or video. It can be useful for collaborations between workgroups, demonstrations of products and services or training of staff among other uses.
Most programs require software to be installed on the computers of meeting participants and presenters. There are many programs available with prices ranging from free to extremely expensive.
I’ve had experience using two very different types of programs and wanted to share them with you.
Skype facilitates phone and text conversations over the internet. Users can have Skype to Skype calls, share screens and use instant messaging for free. There are charges calling land and cell phones or conducting group video chats.
I’ve used Skype to chat with other bloggers for purely social conversation as well as professional collaboration. Today I’ll be using it to meet with an ad network manager.
A neat feature with this program is the ability to send files of any size for free. It’s a great way to get past attachment size limits with email programs.
This program is a great option for showing your screen (or certain applications on the screen) and talking with or to other people. You can invite them right from the application and even have other attendees present.
I use this tool almost daily with customers for presentations, training and troubleshooting. It is not a free application although there is a no-fee 30-day trial. Make sure you look for a GoToMeeting coupon code.
This company also offers a product suited especially for online seminars called GoToWebinar.
Using tools such as these allows businesses to travel only for the meetings and events where being in person is most meaningful. What tools do you use for virtual meeting?