2010 has been an interesting year, especially if you travel a lot.
Beginning of the year we had some of the worst snow falls
for years meaning people were stuck at home. Then we had the Ash Cloud
halting flights out of the UK. We have Sir Philip Green
saying that a lot of expenses charged by civil servants and MP's could have been avoided if they had been more creative and imaginative about meetings. Finally we are now facing another cold winter (more travel chaos), record costs of unleaded petrol
and a massive hike in train fares
. All of these factors have meant it is getting harder to do business. The answer is obvious why dont you have your meetings over video.
When I speak to people, there seems to be a misconception around the quality of video conferencing
(or teleconferencing as some call it), people recall there own early experiences of stuttering images or their use of a web cam on Skype or MSN. The technology now is in HD giving you an image so clear you can see the dust on the conference table and the audio is 7 times the quality of a normal telephone call, so you can hear the treble and boom in the voice. Couple that with the fact you can share data across the video call as if you were in same room giving a presentation and improvements in broadband services, is travelling to meet someone really necessary ? Making a video conference call now is as easy as dialling a phone, even easier with speed dial options !
Consider the costs benefits, time and travel costs are rising, imagine how much more efficently a business or organisation could run if your top fee earners used video conferencing everyday. The return on investment is very quick when you consider the following issue a client had, they had to send 11 people to a meeting via train at a cost of £ 250.00 per head include their wages in the equation and a basic Video Conferencing system could have paid for itself in one go !
Isn't it time you invested in Video Conferencing
and increased your bottom line ?