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On October 5, the Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit wrapped up in Laguna Niguel, CA. This world-premiere gathering brings together women leaders in business, government, academia, philanthropy and the arts.
If you’re like me, you probably couldn’t make it to the live event. But, being a woman in the business world, I still wanted to see what it was all about and maybe gain some inspiration. Luckily, InterCall was chosen to host the event on our Virtual Environment platform. I was able to get an inside look into the event as all plenary sessions of the summit were streamed; I could network with other virtual participants and get questions answered by leading subject matter experts.
The event brought together some of the most prominent women leaders to share their personal stories in building businesses and making a difference in the world. Among those women who presented were:
- Glenn Close, Actress and Producer
- Arianna Huffington, President and CEO, AOL Huffington Post Media Group
- Chelsea Handler, Author, Actress and Comedian
- Ellen Kullman, Chair and CEO, DuPont
- Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO, Pepsico
InterCall was honored to support Fortune in this exciting event by enabling greater visibility and reaching an additional 6200 participants through the virtual platform.
Did you miss the event? As of today, you can now watch the archived events free of charge. To register and view the world’s premiere gathering of women leaders, visit the virtual event site to log in.
There’s a debate brewing in online conferencing: What’s the difference between a web conference and a webinar? Is there one?
According to the post:
A web conference is a non-public online meeting emphasizing collaboration. One person may be the host, but desktop sharing and other tools make it easy to switch the role of presenter.
A webinar, on the other hand, is often open to the public and offers more of a single presenter and large audience ambiance. The experience for the audience is largely passive, although tools such as polls, chat functions and Q&A sessions can add interactivity to a webinar.
Conferencing Software for Online Web Conferencing
Now that you know the difference between the types of online conferencing programs, you can decide on the best software for your purposes. Small meetings, project assessments and “touch-base” sessions, as well as some collaborative sales meetings where your prospects may be expected to have a lot of questions, would fall under the web conference umbrella.
Look for conferencing software with collaborative tools such as desktop and file sharing, shared web browsing and easy “one-click” entry into meetings.
Conferencing Software for Webinars
Training (customer or employee), marketing seminars and press conferences are considered webinars.
You’ll want chat functions for attendees, the ability to poll attendees and to host question and answer sessions. Additionally, you’ll want tools for marketing your webinar in advance and to follow up with attendees after the event, as well as tools to track attendance.
Before you can select the best web conferencing software for your company, you need to define your conferencing purposes and goals.
Don’t forget to consider InterCall’s streaming services as another option for one-to-many presentations.
What meetings could you replace with web conferencing? Are there opportunities for you to save time and money by hosting a webinar? If you need help assessing the right solution for your business, use our interactive tool to get started.
Just because your employees aren’t down the hall from you doesn’t mean you can’t or don’t need to interact. You still need to talk to your team whether they are on different floors, across town or around the globe. As a manger, it is more difficult when your employees are in a different facility, work from home or are constantly on the road.
So what can you do to be a good manager and coach when you aren’t able to always keep tabs on your team? While the same basic management principles apply, those principles are executed very differently when workers are virtual and conferencing solutions are the primary contact tools.
Join us for a free webcast on February 16 at 1:00 PM Eastern where Corinne Miller will show you the path to success by overcoming the inherent issues of managing in a global virtual world.
About Our Speaker:
Corinne Miller, founder and principal consultant, Innovating Results!
Corinne Miller is founder and principal consultant at Innovating Results! where she consults, trains, facilitates and coaches on communication, specializing in virtual communications, managing a virtual workforce and virtual teaming and innovation. Corinne leverages her leadership experience at Motorola, Rockwell International, Northrop and TRW to provide unparalleled knowledge of virtual communications.
When you decide to host an event, whether it’s a press conference, corporate announcement, investor relations meeting or a full-scale trade show, you’ll find a lot of costs associated with the event—some obvious and some you may not consider.
Travel cost (airline tickets, rental cars and hotel) is a no-brainer, but here are a few other costs associated with in-person meetings, even if business associates travel to your location rather than the other way around.
- Audiovisual Equipment: Unless you have a full-scale teleconferencing room set up, expect to pay for audiovisual equipment rentals—and the people to show you how to use it. If you do have a conference room, will it fit the number of people you’re inviting? If not, add the costs of renting a conference room in a hotel in addition to the audiovisual equipment and staff to run the equipment.
- Printed Materials: Planning to hand out press kits? Supplementary material? You want to make a strong impression, which might mean professionally-produced, four color brochures and other marketing material. All of this costs money. But if you host a webinar, no one expects to take home “dead-tree material.” You can show attendees anything you want through InterCall’s sophisticated but easy-to-use webinar software, and they can print what they want.
- Petty Cash Expenses: Whether it’s treating your visitors to dinner and drinks at the best steakhouse in town after the conference or paying for traveling employees’ three dollar bottled water at the airport, travel and meetings cost money.
- Lost Productivity: A WorldCom study discovered that employees suffer 15 to 20 hours of lost productivity during each business trip, which averages out to a cost of $700 to $1000 per person.
Save Money with Webinar Software
Even top-of-the-line webinar software with all the features you need to organize and host meetings costs less than business travel. How much less? Why not use the InterCall travel cost calculator to find out?
Dan Uhlmeyer is a Sr. Product Manager and the "Web Conferencing" blogger. He has nearly ten years of product experience in Web Conferencing and has managed several services at InterCall. When not punching on the keyboard, you can find Dan enjoying time with his wife and two children or running a marathon.