Last week was an exciting week for ReadyTalk.
At the Denver Business Journal’s annual Fastest Growing Companies event, ReadyTalk was recognized as one of Colorado’s fastest growing companies in Flight II, which recognized companies with revenue gross between $16.6 million and $64.5 million.
Later that day, CSIA, Colorado’s technology association, hosted their annual APEX awards. ReadyTalk was one of three finalists for Company of the Year, recognizing Colorado-based companies whose overall performance sets it apart as a leader in its market segment. The finalists show profitability from sales of its products and/or services; strong financial growth or return on investment for its investors and/or shareholders; technical innovation; and concrete examples of how it is meeting a need in the marketplace.
But, more exciting than that, Simone Verhulst, marketing coordinator at ReadyTalk, was recognized as CSIA Champion of the Year for her volunteer work with the organization. Simone has spent countless hours supporting CSIA during the past year – serving as the chair of the AV committee for two major events and co-chairing the education committee. She has done an outstanding job representing ReadyTalk among Colorado’s technology leaders. She has also made sure that ReadyTalk has fully leveraged our relationship with CSIA to help growing ReadyTalk’s business. She is well deserving of the honor.
These awards are exciting and validate much of the hard work of ReadyTalk’s teams. From developing the product, to selling the service, to supporting it, every role at ReadyTalk is crucial to the company’s continued success.
Remember when conference calls were a big deal? Multiple lines and access codes, oh my! And then web conferencing joined the ranks. Individuals and companies alike began to incorporate a new piece of technology into their meetings. Desktop and application sharing became the norm. A tool that allowed remote participation. A new form of training, demos, and collaboration that was cost effective and efficient.
Then we were introduced to…POLLING! And the webinar world rejoiced. And this is just one of many in a feature set that we think has demonstrated the continual evolution of conferencing. But, even now you do business differently than you did just a few years ago. Has your conferencing software kept up the pace? Here's how we're contributing:
All-in-One platform: A product that fits every meeting scenario, regardless of size or need. Internal training tool? Check. Large scale, fully supported web event? Check. Sales team demos, marketing webinars, remote office collaboration? Yes. One tool, one provider, endless uses.
Social Media Integration: Now you're able to seamlessly share your registration links and recorded content with your social networks like Twitter & Facebook right from your conference center interface. No separate logins required. A one stop shop to create, edit, and disseminate your content in a timely matter.
Abundant Feature Set: From a Flash based platform, to a one-of-a-kind embeddable media player and unique campaign URL creation for trackable ROI on each event, the available feature list makes for an unmatched experience for both you and your meeting participants.
Later this month we'll be covering this conferencing timeline and discussing it's continual enhancements. Be sure to register for the webinar to learn about the new trends in the industry and ask yourself if your tool is keeping up with your business.
Last week, Simon Mackie, editor at Web Worker Daily, published the Top 10 Teleconferencing Tips. The article includes great advice, much of which is applicable for in-person meetings too. The list was targeted at conference call organizers but participants on audio and web conferences should also consider a few tips to ensure they get the most from the meeting:
Avoid Distractions. Because no one can see you, it’s easy to continue working on other items or follow up on some unanswered emails. You’ll get more from the call and your colleagues will appreciate it if you stay focused and engaged. Close email, web browsers and other applications so that you can focus on the information being presented.
Location, Location, Location. Much like the chairperson, the participant’s location is also important. Muting and unmuting your phone can be troublesome and collaborating from a loud, busy location can be difficult. Find a quite environment—no dogs, no kids, no traffic, etc.—so that your colleagues can appreciate the fine points of your ideas. And, remember, the organizer may not have you on mute, so before you ‘think out loud’ make sure you’ve muted your own phone.
Participate. If you’re joining a collaborative conference call or meeting with your colleagues, be sure to verbalize your thoughts. If you agree with the discussion, don’t just nod because no one will see you; let the rest of the group know. It can be awkward to interrupt to let the speaker know that you agree, so take notes on what you agree and disagree with and important highlights. When it’s your turn or the appropriate time arises, share your feedback on the topics being discussed.
Always Be Prepared. To ensure that you have the best audio and web conference experience prepare ahead of time:
Review the agenda and gather notes
Check to make sure your computer is properly setup for web conferences
Dial-in 5 minutes early so you’re not frazzled for the start of the call
Audio and web conferencing is a great way to share information, collaborate, train and educate. BUT, it is what you make it. In order to get the most from teleconferencing, participants and chairpersons need to consider best practices and tips for success.