Meetings 411: Tools for Small Virtual Meetings

Google HangoutGoogle Hangouts, Skype and Facebook Video Calling are excellent tools for small virtual meetings and video calls. These services are free and easy to use, and for event planners, there are many uses:

  • Planning meetings
  • Virtual team meetings
  • Virtual networking sessions
  • Online training sessions
  • Pre-con meetings with hotels and venues
  • Calls between clients and prospective suppliers
  • Celebrity interviews for meetings and internal conferences 

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is an instant messaging and video platform that was launched at the same time as Google+. You can chat right away or schedule a future hangout with 1 to 10 participants, and you can either post a photo or chat live with video using your computer's web camera.

RELATED: Google Hangouts: A Very Useful Tool for Event Professionals

Skype

Skype is a voice over IP (VoIP) platform that was launched in Sweden and Denmark in 2003. Microsoft purchased it in 2011. With Skype, users can exchange instant messages, participate in a group text chat and make free Internet calls. Users can also call mobiles and landline phones but there is a charge for these calls. The call can be video or an audio call using still pictures.

Here is how to set up a group text chat:

Skype has several useful features for meetings. Users can share screens which makes it easy to provide coaching or view documents. with Skype, users can also send and receive URL links, documents and photos. Skype also powers Facebook Video Calling.

RELATED: Got Skype? A Great Tool for More & Better Connections

For more tips, read Leveraging Google+ Hangouts for Meetings and 5 Favorite Collaboration Sites & Tools.

How have you used Skype, Google Hangouts and Facebook Video Calling? Share your insights.

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