This week’s Effective Virtual Conversations tip gets you to “Consider the right platform, for the right modality”. In today’s virtual space, there can be multiple channels we hold conversations on. From conference call lines, to Skype, to zoom, to WebEx. Some channels allow us to stream and see each other, while others only allow us to share our screen.
Consider these questions as you go to select the appropriate channel for your next conversation:
- How important is it that we see each other?
- How important is it for me to be able to share a PowerPoint deck or some slides?
- How important is it for us to be able to chat with each other? And also save the chat log?
- How important is it for us to be able to use annotation, where group members can make notation on the screen?
- How important is it for us to be able to record the conversation and share it at a later date with those who could not attend?
- How important is it for us NOT to be able to see each other?
- How important is it for us to have the ability to break out into smaller conversation pods or breakouts (just like we would in the in-person environment for small group discussion).
- What are connectivity and bandwidth issues like for the participants
Some of the ones I continue to use regularly are:
- FreeConferenceCalling.com – for when clients want phone only service but one that also allows us to do breakouts
- Zoom – My every day go-to where I host 95% of the programs I offer. The pro account offers breakouts, polls, recording, annotation and pretty much everything I could ever need to create engaging virtual sessions!
- WebEx – usually the preferred platform of my corporate clients. Given that it often signals a more corporate conversation, people may not be as open to dialogue and interaction.
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