The recession may officially be over, but companies are still pinching pennies. And with good reason; no one knows for sure whether the economy is out of the woods, and both individuals and businesses are preparing for a worst case scenario, in which we suffer a double-dip recession.
There are, of course, lots of ways in which money can be saved. One such way is cutting out unnecessary business trips for meetings. Nowadays, of course, one can use GoToMeeting to convene a get-together. But even when using GoToMeeting, one may not get the kind of results that one may want from a meeting.
Why? Well, meetings tend to be unruly affairs. Some people talk a lot. Others, not at all. Some people try to talk, but end up getting talked over by more voluble, more insistent, more senior, and/or more powerful types. Result: The meeting may very well end up being less informative than it could have been, if everyone had had the chance to contribute.
Here is where a good networking/collaboration platform can save the day. Instead of having a meeting that descends into a free-for-all, a platform can be deployed which can host documents, and everyone will have the chance to type in comments on the documents in order to help bring about a more fruitful exchange of ideas. No one gets talked over, no one gets shouted down, and even shy people not given to speaking in public can contribute, and interact with others. A meeting via a networking/collaboration platform can be orderly, can take into account the opinions of a greater number of people than can many a traditional meeting, and can therefore be more informative as a result.
No one says, of course, that the traditional face-to-face meeting is, or should be, a thing of the past. But it can be supplemented with collaborative interactions that make for a richer, more informative experience.
And at lower prices, to boot.