September 06, 2012 | Tech Talk | Jackie Roembke | Views: 491

Web Meetings: Work Smarter Not Harder

Utilization of online web meeting tools can be a great edition to your workday and business.

TODAY'S AGENDA

  1. Meeting with John Doe in Waterloo to go over grain contracts
  2. Meeting with Bob Doe in Valley to go over 2012 grain programs
  3. Board meeting in Main Office to discuss new storage facility
  4. All company safety meeting at Duncan location
  5. Present 2013 Budget to General Manager in Main Office

Does this type of schedule look familiar to you? It’s hard to get much done in a day when you are running all over the country. Today, you can become more efficient if you utilize the new communication technologies that provide web meeting services. 

A Web meeting will work great to conduct your meeting with John Doe, discuss his existing grain contracts by sharing the screen on your computer with him or let him take control and share his screen with you. If you really want to add the personal touch you can even activate the camera on your computer and show your face. 

What is needed to do a web meeting?

  1. Web meeting service provider 
  2. Computer for all participants
  3. High Speed Internet for all participants (84% of farmers have high speed internet)

To start all you need to do is log into your account; in this case I’m using www.gomeeting.com,

Then click on host a meeting and a screen will be presented to enter the meeting information. A meeting email is then automatically formatted for you to send to the recipients.

The recipient then clicks on the link in the email at the scheduled meeting time and everything begins to appear on their screen in a few short minutes.

The monthly service fee starts at around $50 per month for unlimited meetings. This fee can easily be justified by eliminating one or two drives to a meeting. The monthly subscription is only charged to the business hosting the meeting; guests do not pay any fees to utilize the service.

I believe this is a must have service for today’s agribusinesses.

A few web meeting service providers are:

www.gotomeeting.com

www.webex.com

www.office365.com

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