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No More Meetings April 17, 2007

Posted by wilson7 in Technology, telecommunications.

When we graduate from Bucknell we are all going to have to be present in meetings with our colleagues to discuss new products, marketing plans, ect. How many of you think that you are going to enjoy these long office meetings? What if you did not have to go to these conferences but still be able to get the necessary information? You could listen to the conference whenever was convenient for you, would you like this? I think that everyone’s answer would be yes. The world still isn’t perfect, but a few conference-call companies are definitely moving it in the right direction: New podcasting services allow the meeting-intolerant to subscribe to in-house meeting feeds. LiveOffice, a traditional conference-call provider, racked up more than 100,000 subscriber downloads in 2006 after launching its podcast service in late August. In fact, usage grew about 30 percent each month, the company says.

“People want to do business on their own time,” explains LiveOffice CEO Alexander Rusich.

“There is an absolute need for [podcasting],” agrees Elliot Gold, president of TeleSpan, a teleconferencing-industry consulting firm.

LiveOffice isn’t alone in the podcast game. Free Conferencing is among the rival call providers that have gotten into the act, and startups like TalkShoe, which originally focused on bloggers, have begun signing up businesses that want to record and distribute their meetings; TalkShoe plans to add a video version next year. What do you think about this new technology? Would you spend some of your hard earned dollars so you would not have to sit in conference meetings?



1. Elaine - April 17, 2007

I think most businessmen would agree that time is money. With that concept in mind, I think spending money on this new technology will save them money in the long run. Plus, it eliminates the hardships of finding a suitable time for everyone to meet and traveling. Of course we shouldn’t eliminate all contact. There should still be a set number of mandatory conferences employees all have to attend to.

2. Stacey Swift - April 17, 2007

I actually don’t mind going to meetings. I think personal interaction is very important and in a technologically advanced society we are losing sight of that. With tele/video conferences business becomes so impersonal and you don’t really get to know the people you are doing business with. I would rather drive/fly to a meeting than sit in my office by myself on a video conference.

3. Stephanie - April 26, 2007

I have mixed feelings about the use of this type of technology. I agree with Elaine in that there are definite advantages by saving time and the ease that comes with not having to travel. However like Stacy said, the personal interactions are lost. I feel that building those relationships are extremely important.

There are many studies being performed about the effect of technology on interpersonal skills. Social networks are not as strong as the used to be and there is worry that children become isolated with the overuse of technologies. But there are undeniable positives advances we have made with technology.

I guess like just about everything in life, there needs to be a balance. However, finding that balanced spot is the hardest part.

4. collage9 - May 3, 2007

I think that in some circumstances this way of conducting meetings can be beneficial, especially when someone has other responsibilities and time constraints. However, I don’t think it is something that companies should completely rely on. I think people underestimate the importance and benefits of meeting with people personally. If all meetings are done using this new technology, I think communication amongst employees would suffer as a result. I think it is important to see and talk with people in person, and not just through a podcast.

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