Online meetings used to be the poor relation to a decent travel budget but not anymore, says Oliver Moazzezi, Technical Architect and Microsoft MVP at Cobweb Solutions.
The modern digital meeting —with screen sharing, video calls, file-collaboration tools, and the ability to broadcast to thousands —can be better than actually being there, if you do it right. Here are 5 tricks Skype for Business can make digital meetings better than meeting in person.
1. Open a back channel to your team
Take collaborative notes and discuss key points of the call. Encourage more reserved team-members to make in public the good points they’re making on your instant-message chat.
2. Speak to 10,000 people at once
Use the Meeting Broadcast to present a webinar to up to 10,000 people at once. We can’t think of many other ways to reach that many prospective customers in real time —not unless you’re Bono.
3. Run your meeting like a DJ
Appoint a producer to run your meeting or webinar, while you give the performance of your life. Co-ordinate by sharing files and notes with other presenters, without anyone else seeing.
4. Present with a single click
Use one-click integration with Microsoft Office to present any file on your laptop. If the meeting changes direction, grab another file and start presenting on the fly.
5. No booking in to cut-price hotels
With Skype for Business, you can take that important meeting and still be home for tea. No need for you to book into a cut-price hotel — and you help the company cut its travel budget.
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