AnyMeeting Success Story Finalist Presentation: Wales Webinar

The Genetic Alliance UK submitted a presentation entitled The Wales Webinar on the Consultation on the UK Plan for Rare Diseases.  The alliance believes that everyone living with a rare disease should be able to receive high quality services, treatment and support. The aim of their stakeholder engagement project was to encourage those affected by/interested in rare diseases to respond to a government consultation on a rare disease plan. The UK has never had a comprehensive plan a for rare diseases, even though 1 in 17 people will be affected by a rare disease at some point in their life, which amounts to approximately 3.5 million people in the UK.  Samantha Reeve, Policy Research Officer for the alliance further discusses their experience with AnyMeeting.

“We held four events, in which participants watched live and put questions to the chair of RDUK, Alastair Kent.  More importantly, AnyMeeting’s recording function meant that our members could access the webinars at any time. In total, 408 people watched our recorded meetings for England, Wales, NI, and Scotland. Our members were really grateful that they could watch the slides whilst hearing Alastair explain things, and have the opportunity ask questions at the end.”

“We really enjoyed hosting these webinars, being able to connect with our members who can’t attend events.  As a small charity, being able to use a free meeting service was fantastic! The stakeholder engagement event was really successful, and although we are waiting for the rare disease plan to be published, we think that it will reflect the interests and experiences of our members. It will also help patients access services and treatments like other patients, in no small part thanks to anymeeting!”

How Web Conferencing is Empowering Student Success

By Simon Breedon, Examiner.com, Degree Jungle,

Web conferencing has enhanced the effectiveness of online education, as well as brick and mortar education tenfold. Students are utilizing web conferencing tools more frequently and on a more goal-driven basis. From sharing files and engaging in social debates, to holding live instructional events entirely online, web-conferencing as an educational tool is changing how schools and universities function. This trend can be seen taking place both inside the classroom and outside where students are not just socializing with fellow classmates, but engaging with mentors in the form of webinars and study groups. The following are some of the interesting ways in which students can use web conferencing both inside and outside of the classroom.

In the Classroom

Inside the classroom, in both college and on the high school level, the expectation for students to be technologically savvy is becoming more pressing. This requires students to show they can utilize tools that extend much further than Microsoft Excel, or the basic Power Point Presentation. Web conferencing is the perfect tool to satisfy this expectation. In addition to being a valuable resource for information by providing students with the ability to contact experts in a certain field, web conferencing can also be used as a digital presentation tool in the classroom for live interviews with experts. Before conferencing was applicable as an integral part of the classroom, the thought of having an author present a live reading of their critically acclaimed novel, or having an actual political leader speak at a small classroom event would have only been possible in the rarest of opportune occasions. Web conferencing makes this type of exchange more convenient and thus more possible.

Outside the Classroom

Outside the classroom, students have the power to engage their fellow classmates on a level that is unprecedented. They can interact with mentors and experts for coaching and counseling. In many cases, counseling or consultancy services that were available to students in the past were often overlooked or avoided due to their lack of privacy or convenience. Tutoring services, foreign language studies, and adolescent counseling are all services that were costly or time consuming, but video conferencing makes them cost effective and time efficient. The most important aspect of this innovative resource is that students now have the ability to reach out and get assistance they need from the best possible source. They are no longer limited to resources just within their immediate surroundings, or community. The possibilities for education are truly globalized through web conferencing.

Future trends

Now that web conferencing applications like Skype and Google Talk are extending their functionality to mobile devices, students will truly be able to conference on the go. The fact that numerous mobile devices are extending their use to faster 4G networks makes data streaming and sharing much more plausible as well. The best benefit of being able to engage a large group through a web conference by cell phone is the ability to share files conveniently and securely with an entire group within the span of few seconds while on a daily jog, or running other errands. The multi-functional nature of web conferencing on mobile devices allows for an entirely new realm of possibilities in education and business.

 

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Bring Videos Into Your AnyMeeting With YouTube

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to share an informative or entertaining video with your attendees in a meeting?  Well, now you can.  With AnyMeeting’s new YouTube feature, you can share any YouTube video of your choice with your attendees.  Share a video from one of the millions of videos already on YouTube, or you can share a video that you have uploaded personally.

It’s easy to use, just open a meeting, select “share” and the YouTube icon.  Then, paste the link to the YouTube video you would like to share and click “Load Video.”  Your YouTube video will then be loaded and started.  Once finished just close the video and you can switch to screen sharing or close the sharing application.

YouTube provides a great way to share any video content in AnyMeeting.  For more information on how to use YouTube and uploading videos, visit our support site.

Contest: Share Your Online Meeting Success Story

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Have a great meeting or webinar that you recorded in AnyMeeting and want to share?

This is your chance to showcase your business, your experience, and a recent “meeting success story” with the AnyMeeting community.

Do you have a compelling presentation, case study, business tips, or something else you feel others can learn from, or be entertained by?

We want to hear from you. Contest details: Your “Meeting Success Story” may be entered throughout the month of August. Top story submissions will be featured on Facebook and on our blog. A winner will be selected and receive the grand prize of a new Google Nexus7 Tablet. Cool…

How do you enter? It’s easy. Simply send an email with a link to your AnyMeeting recorded meeting (or record a new one) to press@anymeeting.com (subject line: AnyMeeting Success Story Submission).

Be sure your “story” will help others learn (or laugh). Feel free to get creative. Include any details of the meeting or webinar results (e.g. how it helped your business). What was unique or interesting about your presentation, the meeting format, how you got people to attend your meeting and the results of your efforts?

This is a terrific opportunity to showcase your skills, highlight your business and win the new Google Android tablet! Start a New Meeting Now.

5 Tips For a Gold Medal Online Meeting Performance

Gold Medal Performance

We all get inspired and motivated from watching the Olympics.  Watching athletes give their best to earn a gold medal inspires us to give our best performance as business professionals.  A large part of the business world involves meetings, and a growing number of those meetings are online and involve web conferencing.

With this in mind, here are five tips that will help you give a gold medal worthy performance at your next online meeting.

  1. Test your equipment – Make sure that the computer you will be using meets the requirements needed to properly host a meeting.  The AnyMeeting System Test is a great way to run a test on your computer and make sure you are good to go.
  2. Avoid distractions – It’s important to be mindful of your location before you enter an online meeting and what distractions in the room (or on your person) may draw attention away from your presentation.  Make sure any distracting elements are not able to be seen or heard before you begin.  “When preparing for a Web meeting, imagine that your office is on stage and that the “audience” is in the room,” Chris Christopher, Microsoft Business.
  3. Are you prepared? – Even if you are not the host of the meeting, you may still have to give a presentation.  Be sure to practice before the meeting to ensure a flawless performance.  You will also want to be mindful of your audience (the others in the meeting) and what questions or input they might have. “Make sure you have everything prepared before the meeting. Video conferencing will tend to magnify any lack of preparation on your part,” Mark Shead, Productivity 501.
  4. Who speaks when? – Most online meetings have more than one person presenting.  If you are the host, make sure everyone knows when it is their turn to speak and/or present.  This will help ensure the flow of the meeting, and that everyone is ready when it’s time for their presentation.  “At the beginning of the virtual meeting, set ground rules for passing control and speaking,” Patrick Moran, Mashable Business.
  5. Keep them engaged – Meetings, online or in person can be boring and tedious.  So, be sure to keep everyone engaged.  Have your audience answer questions, ask for input and/or questions from your audience, or even tell a joke or two (keep it clean though).  This will help keep your audience in the game and paying attention.  “Inject fun into the event. Need fun stuff sprinkled throughout,” Tony Karrer, eLearning Technology.

As business professionals, meetings have become a large part of our everyday lives at the office.  Be it with clients or colleagues, if your meeting is online, following these tips will help you give a gold medal presentation.

5 Reasons Web Conferencing Is Great For Your Business

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by Debra Johnson, blogger and editor of nanny housekeeper

Web conferencing is the way that meetings are done in the 21st century. Conducting a meeting without having to leave the office saves money and time for your company. Your business is more efficient when it has a good web conferencing system.

Benefit #1-Save Money On Travel Costs

Conducting a meeting via a web conference means no one has to travel. Say you are meeting with clients in Japan. It would cost thousands of dollars to buy plane tickets and book hotel rooms. Food and other incidentals would cost even more.

Benefit #2-Stop Wasting Time In Traffic

Walking to the conference room from your office only takes a couple minutes. You don’t want to sit in traffic for 30 minutes going to a meeting that is only scheduled to take 15 minutes. Wasted time equals less productivity for the company.

Benefit #3-Hold Meetings With Multiple Parties

You may need to bring in more than one person or company to seal the deal. Your company can meet in person with a local group while web conferencing with investors from across the country. It helps everyone get on the same page in a quicker fashion.

Benefit #4-Discuss Business From Wherever You Are

People who work from home can conduct business while the kids take their afternoon nap. Having a web conferencing system allows for face-to-face meetings at home, on the road or wherever else you may be. It adds a nice layer of convenience for everyone involved in the meeting.

Benefit #5-Solve Problems On The Fly

A traveling salesman may have run into trouble trying to close a deal for your company. Perhaps your employee said something that he shouldn’t have said to a client overseas. Having the ability to hold a web conference allows you to diffuse a situation that could potentially get ugly.

The ability to hold a face-to-face meeting from anywhere is crucial in the business world today. Web conferences save time, money and allow you to be productive from wherever you are. That means more productivity for both managers and employees at the company. Lower costs and increased productivity will equal higher profits for everyone.

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AnyMeeting Helps You Meet With Class

Education

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.

Meet and Win in May

Meet & Win

How would you like to win a free year of AnyMeeting’s premium ad-free service and a hot Kindle Fire? All you have to do is hold an online meeting using AnyMeeting in May, and you will automatically be entered to win. The more meetings you hold, the more chances you have to win, since you will receive one entry into the drawing every time you organize and hold a web meeting during the month.

One winner will be selected to receive the grand prize of a one year subscription for AnyMeeting’s 25 seat ad-free plan (valued at over $200) and a new Kindle Fire. To be eligible, meetings must be at least 10 minutes long with 2 or more participants, and of course no purchase is necessary. Start or schedule a meeting now…

Use AnyMeeting to Hire the Right Person

Candidate Interview

According to the technology firm CDW, by the end of next year, 75 percent of businesses will rely on video conferencing to help cut travel costs and screen employees.  With the economy slowly improving, businesses are starting to have more positions available.  This means a lot of interviews to find the right person for those jobs.

So, how can AnyMeeting help?  Simple, if your company is looking to hire, use AnyMeeting as part of the interview process.  Here are five key ways AnyMeeting can help you hire:

  • No travel or waiting in traffic involved for you and the candidate
  • Quickly bring colleagues from different locations into the interview
  • Display a resume, work samples, web design projects, etc. with screen sharing
  • Record the interview to review at a later time
  • Interview prospective employees, freelancers, contractors or vendors

Especially for first-round interviews, AnyMeeting can be a valuable tool.  Don’t waste time making candidates come to your office, just bring them into AnyMeeting.  You can meet in real time and record the interview for review, which can be helpful in remembering what was discussed.  The recording can also be shared with colleagues, who were not able to attend the interview.

AnyMeeting’s 6-way video conferencing lets you see the candidate live, and you can quickly bring multiple people into the meeting who may be in different locations around the world.  The obstacles of location and costs of travel quickly go away when you expedite the interview process, and find the right person with the help of AnyMeeting.

Winner Announced: Meet and Win in February Contest

Kevin Atkinson

Congratulations to the winner of our Meet and Win in February contest, Kevin Atkinson from Littleton, CO.  Kevin held a lot of meetings during the month of February and won a new Kindle Fire.  We would also like to thank everyone for participating and using AnyMeeting for your web conferencing needs.