With more than a hundred countries, thousands of businesses transacting online, and billions of people connected to it, online meetings aren’t new. The internet has totally revolutionized how we do business and since it has worked for so many people, it’s likely to stay.
Now, even with its obvious advantages, people are still hesitant about taking the digital road when it comes to hosting meetings. In this article, we’ll present the pros and cons of online meetings so you’ll know if it’s the best option for your next meeting. Read on!
Speedy and reliable internet connection only costs a few dollars per month. If you’ve already got this installed in your office (for sending emails, research, et cetera) then you’ve got half of the work done. Even if your colleagues are halfway across the world, you don’t have to book flights just to talk to them.
You don’t need to head to a certain place and get caught in the traffic. In fact, if you want to push it, you don’t even need to take a bath just to go to an online meeting. Just log on and voila, you’re connected. Other time savings include switching presentations and passing files around.
Another advantage of going online for conducting meetings is it’s paperless. Instead of passing papers around, you can just upload a file online. For attendance, it can simply be done with logs, which is more accurate because of the time element.
If you are having a meeting with colleagues from halfway across the world, you have to work with the time difference. If you’re the boss, or the client being pursued, the meeting will magically coincide with the best time for you. However, if you’re on the other end of the ruler, you might find it difficult to come to the meeting on time. It’s extra work.
Another thing about harnessing computers and internet connection for an important meeting is being heavily dependent on them. So if your computer suddenly lags, or the internet connection turns slow, or worse, gets cut for no reason, you just wasted your time and will have to reschedule. Hope you don’t lose an account along the way, though.
It’s always better to see the ones you are talking to, so you know exactly how they react towards a certain opinion, so you’ll automatically see if they like or dislike an idea. In crucial meetings, it’s very important to gauge reactions so you can interact better and when needed, change the course of a losing argument.
See, there are heavy and valid pros and cons about conducting online meetings. Make sure you’ll keep this in mind and factor these in the next time you decide about doing one.