New Easy Reference Guide for Presenters

New to AnyMeeting web conferencing for small business and need to launch a meeting fast? Check out our new Easy Reference Guide for Presenters. Download it and keep it handy for when you need to launch a meeting fast.


Key steps include:

  • Choose the mode for attendees, either “Discussion Mode” (everyone can talk and be heard) or “Listen-Only Mode” (only presenters can be heard).
  • Allow your mic and cam to broadcast
  • Record your meeting by clicking the “Record” button.
  • Share your screen, a YouTube video, or a presentation by clicking on one of the share options.

Download the Easy Reference Guide for Presenters: Starting a Quick Meeting Now.

Online Meetings, A Valuable Tool For Small Business


The web conference or online meeting has become a valuable tool for small businesses, opening a variety of options for connecting with clients and colleagues immediately.  As the growth of the small business community continues, we see an increasing amount of companies with employees working remotely.

In fact, a survey of 1,500 business owners was conducted earlier this year by Elance, a site that matches employers with employees who are able to work remotely.  The survey found that 54 percent of those business owners expect the majority of their work force to be working online by 2017.

A remote work force can help remove barriers that small businesses previously faced.  Employers are no longer bound by the location of their employees, and can select the best talent available, not just the best talent located in the immediate area.  Employees are no longer obligated to relocate their families when accepting a position that is located on the other side of the country.

The web conference now allows employers to connect with their remote workers in real time, who can share progress with their current assignments and discuss upcoming projects.  Employers can also train new employees and conduct performance reviews.  Web conferencing literally tears down the walls of the conventional office and provides a more flexible work environment.

The online meeting can also save time when conducting business with clients.  Instead of dealing with the travel time and expense it can take to meet with an existing or perspective client in person, the web conference can get that important meeting started immediately, and at no cost with a solution like AnyMeeting.

There are several resources available online that offer tips to help ensure a smooth and successful web conference.  has several articles including one with nine tips for effective online meetings.

AnyMeeting Helps You Meet With Class


With our busy schedules, it can be difficult to find time for those important in-person meetings involving your child’s education.  Sometimes it can be hard to get around work and the other responsibilities we face, so how can you make sure you stay involved when you can’t be there physically?

This is where a free web conferencing solution like AnyMeeting comes in handy.  Even though you can’t be there in person, you can be still there online.  Here are five ways AnyMeeting can help bridge the education gap we all experience with our children.

  • Parent/Teacher Conference – Meet with teachers and get the important details on your child’s progress without having to physically go to the school.
  • Study Groups – Help your child set up and attend study groups with classmates to prepare for the upcoming exam, or work together on an important class project.
  • Tutor Help – Get your child the one on one instructional help he needs with that awesome tutor who may live in another state or country.
  • Preparation – Practice makes perfect.  Use AnyMeeting to practice, record and review your child’s important class presentation.  Send the recording link to others who can provide input.
  • Testing – Help make sure they’re ready for the exam.  Use AnyMeeting to create custom quizzes and tests to help give your child the best shot at getting an A+.

Often it can be difficult to find the time and be as involved in our children’s education as we would like to be. Our lives get filled with obligations that have to be met.  However, AnyMeeting can help keep you informed and involved in your child’s education.  Even if you can’t be there in person, AnyMeeting can help you and your child make the grade.

AnyMeeting Reaches User Milestone, Helps New Users Meet Now

HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA–(Marketwire – Mar 6, 2012) – AnyMeeting, the completely free web conferencing and webinar service, today announced a faster way for first-time users to get a meeting started with AnyMeeting Now. Now, even those who do not have an AnyMeeting account can start a meeting immediately, on demand.

Simple and easy to use, first-time users just click the “Start A Meeting Now,” button on AnyMeeting’s home page to instantly start a meeting. Users can then send out email invitations with the conference call information included, bring attendees in, open a presentation to share, and get the meeting started. Unlike other web conferencing solutions, there is no software for users or their attendees to download, and no long-term sign up or credit card information required.

AnyMeeting has also achieved a milestone in reaching over 120,000 registered users, growing almost 600 percent over the last 12 months. See the complete press release on MarketWire.

POLL: Why are you using online meetings?

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Get Out of Line and Get Online

By Robert Hadley

Which would you rather do – take a two or three-hour flight from New York to Los Angeles for a routine meeting with a client or conduct the same meeting from the comfort of your own office?

If you’ve spent much time as a business traveler, you know there’s more to a two-hour airline flight than just the two hours. There are airport security screenings and checking in at your hotel, not to mention hailing a cab to and from the airport.

Why not let technology eliminate the hassle of traveling for business? Today’s web conferencing platforms, such as, can radically reduce the pain and cost of doing business across the country or even globally.

Interacting with Your Audience

Handshakes aside, there’s not much you can do at an in-person event that you can’t do in an online meeting.

For example, most web conferencing services, such as, provide tools for interacting with attendees in a way that even live meetings don’t offer. For instance, you can poll your audience throughout the presentation and display real-time results right there on the screen. This is a bit more accurate than simply asking for a show a hands in response to a specific question.

There’s also a degree of anonymity around being able to click your answer to a question instead of raising your hand to a potentially embarrassing question in a roomful of strangers. On the other hand, the instant polling option can also add a level of intimacy to the proceedings by letting the attendees share some information about themselves. It’s a good way to learn more about the other people attending the webinar with you.

Archived for Later Reference

Most webinars can easily be recorded in a format that’s easy for attendees to access and download at a later time. In fact, that’s one of the key advantages of having a webinar.

In a live event, say, in a room full of 200 people (perhaps clanging their silverware if it’s a lunch meeting), the logistics of filming the proceedings can be formidable. We’ve all seen viral videos of meetings with bad sound or lighting. We struggle through because we want the information.

But with a webinar, production values are less of an issue because the speaker is usually filmed on a close webcam in an isolated office. There’s less that can go wrong, production-wise, and you’re able to create a user experience that is more intimate, capturing a one-on-one quality.

Fosters Networking

In-person meetings are great for meeting other professionals in your own (or other) industries, and that potential is still available with a webinar.

The text chat feature operates simultaneously in a separate window on the screen, usually below the area where slides and the speaker are displayed. This interactive capability allows the audience to reach out to each other to share introductions and comments on the presentation. The chat also lets the presenter monitor audience concerns and address them as they occur, adding a further layer of interactivity to the meeting.

As you can see, not only do online meetings eliminate the hassle and expense of business travel, they also offer a user experience that blends interaction and an easily archived presentation format for future use. And in the case of AnyMeeting, the service is free!

Web Conferencing & The Gift of Time

Free Web ConferencingIn a perfect world, we would have enough time to do everything we need and want to do.  There would be plenty of time to finish that project, train new staff members in different locations and meet in person with those perspective clients in Boston and New York.

Well, this may not be a perfect world, but with the advent of web conferencing, technology has found a way to create more hours in the day.  Everyone is talking about how web conferencing technology is reducing our carbon footprint.  In fact has a Carbon Footprint Calculator that will tell you how many pounds of CO2 you are saving by web conferencing instead of traveling and meeting in person.

However, we often forget about how much time is saved by meeting online.  A one hour in person meeting can take a half a day’s time if you have to travel an hour to the meeting and back.  It can use up a full day if air travel is involved.

Wasted hours and days on simply getting to and from a meeting or training session adds up to a lot of lost productivity and opportunity to grow the business, which is critical to small businesses.  Although nothing can beat the face to face connection that is made when meeting in person, web conferencing offers several advantages, including the gift of time.  This is especially true if the web conferencing service is full featured and doesn’t cost anything.  Then, time is truly a free gift.


A New Year Means New Business Practices

Update: Please note that AnyMeeting was known as Freebinar prior to 3/26/11. Blog posts prior to this date may still mention Freebinar. For more information, please review our blog post or FAQ’s.

For many of us, a new year encourages improvement, change, and a resolution or two. In the current economic climate, I think it is safe to say that most resolutions for 2010 will revolve around saving money. Many businesses are cautiously waiting for the dust to settle, while others have unlocked the secret to surviving the tough market. Either way, throwing money around in 2010, does not seem realistic.

There is no denying that the companies who have embraced technology and social media, are thriving—and will continue to do so in the next year. There are simple ways of achieving this success and stability such as communicating through Webinars and Web Conferencing. Web-based meetings are tech-savvy, cut travel fees and scheduling conflicts, and with most providers they are easily recordable.

This method of communication has been a trending topic, and many companies are blogging, tweeting, and commenting about the power and necessity of online meeting presentations. This practice can be utilized in virtually any industry: sales, marketing, hospitality, human resources, finance, real estate, public relations, advertising, education, and so forth. Not to mention, every company, large or small, needs to meet with employees a few times a month to go over general business objectives. Why not do this from your desk?

A recent blog post by CyberMedia India Online highlights the advantages of online meeting and collaboration tools stating:

“With highly effective communication and interaction, it is easy for businesses to get started and even easier to scale throughout their various operations, with minimal impact on IT or internal operations. The web meeting helps businesses keep global workers connected and moving forward towards common goals. It helps companies make more money by spending less. Now that’s the dawning of a new business era all by itself,”

Sharon Lobo of writes about how various industries successfully implement webinars and web conferencing into their business—not only saving money, but increasing productivity. She explains that sales organizations use online meetings to make sales presentations and demonstrate products, and marketing professionals embrace real-time collaboration solutions improving quality and quantity of their outbound messages without increasing costs. She also touches on how other industries, like human resources, use this type of technology to train professionals from one location to groups in multiple cities, minimizing travel complications and expenses.

Not only does this type of collaboration and communication save everyone money in the long-run, but when choosing a webinar platform that is free (like there is absolutely no out-of-pocket cost! Whether it is a seminar, lecture, presentation, training session, or staff meeting, is the place to go if you want to stay current, and save money.

Freebinar – The Premiere Free Webinar Service

Update: Please note that AnyMeeting was known as Freebinar prior to 3/26/11. Blog posts prior to this date may still mention Freebinar. For more information, please review our blog post or FAQ’s.

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