Technology Supports Social Distancing in the age of Covid-19

We’re in this together!

In our lifetime we have never seen anything like this. There have been massive natural disasters, the trauma of 9/11 and the 2008 financial crisis. They pale in comparison to what is unfolding before our eyes today.

In my reporting days, I recall vividly working all hours after the terror attacks on the World Trade Centre. During the great ice storm, a cameraman and I did a white-knuckle drive through crazy conditions on the 401 all the way to Montreal, where everything was closed, hydro towers were bent in half, with no sign of when the electricity would come back on. In 2008, I stood, astonished at the news conference where Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Premier Dalton McGuinty announced a massive bailout of the auto industry, saving the sector that was once the backbone of the Ontario economy from collapse.… Read more →

4 Ways To Socialize Remotely During The COVID-19 Outbreak

man with laptopIn the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are living in a time we never thought could possibly happen in the modern world. For now, we are being urged to slow down our lives as our health and the health of others comes first and foremost.

But just because life as we know it has been put on pause, it doesn’t mean we have to come to a complete halt. It just requires a creative solution.

Yes, there are lots of question marks.

Yes, we need to create space and stay at home.

Yes, we need to take necessary precautions to ensure one’s physical health is in top shape.

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Here’s How To Use FreeConference.com In 10 Ways You’ve Never Thought Of Before

online group therapyIn this post, get ready to learn about some unexpected ways in which video conferencing from FreeConference.com can be used to make communication easier. You’ll want to read this if you’ve been curious about how you can enhance one on ones with employees; strengthen your approach when demonstrating how your product works remotely, even how video conferencing can make your fantasy baseball team draft more fun (yes, it’s possible!).

Ready to see how video conferencing from FreeConference.com can positively impact your life?… Read more →

Custom Hold Messaging: A Golden Window Of Opportunity

In its most basic terms, a custom hold music feature takes the waiting out of being on hold. It’s a small, considerate gesture that yields a big impact. For those few moments in between picking up a call or getting an online meeting started, your audience is held captive. You have their full attention, it’s best to use it to your advantage!

Afterall, nobody likes to be on hold. It often feels confusing, like you’re stuck in communication limbo unsure of the next step. Will someone pick up? Did the call go through? Are you actually in the right spot for the online meeting to take place? That’s why hold music proves to be valuable. It’s a cue that signifies to participants how precious and appreciated their time is.… Read more →

Here’s How To Set Up An Engaging “Green Screen” For Your Next Online Meeting

Green ScreenThe benefits of using a green screen for video conferencing, online meetings and creating video content are plenty. As outlined in Part 1, you have complete creative control over the look and feel of your message, brand and output. Imagine having access to endless scenic backgrounds without having to shell out lots of money or step foot out of your office or home? Consider how a clean and polished looking background positions your brand front row and center and gives life to your message, making you extra memorable. And how about a green screen as the secret weapon to making your video content stand out amongst the competition? These are only a few reasons how a green screen can positively affect your business, and we’re only just scratching the surface!

Now that you’ve established your online meetings can be taken up a notch or two, here’s how to incorporate a green screen so you can use it to enhance your meetings or add a sprinkle of “je ne sais quois” to your webinar, tutorial, demonstration and so much more.… Read more →

Why Custom Hold Music Is The Add-on Feature You’ve Been Missing

Custom musicIf the words Custom Hold Music bring you back to memories of decades-old music you’re forced to listen to on the phone while on hold, you’re not too far off. That being said, Custom Hold Music has vastly improved over the years (quality of music included), comes with many options, and has since become a rather important conference calling and video conferencing feature.

It’s more than just a little tune that entertains, in fact, it’s a surefire way to keep guests engaged and high vibing. Most importantly, it significantly increases participant retention.… Read more →

Enrich Your Bible Study Group With Video Conferencing

Bible studyIf you’re a voracious reader, chances are you’ve got plenty of books to go through on your list. Amongst your coveted curated list of literary goodies, most likely there’s a religious text. For a large portion of Christians, the Bible is a must-read amongst their community. Some have read it front to back, while others engage in Bible studies as a way to break it down into more easily digestible chunks.

Want to gain a more thorough knowledge of the holy book? Set up a Bible study group through your church (or on your own) using video conferencing technology. Leading a group makes for a more engaging and compelling read through such a thick text, plus it serves as a way to bring the community together. Not only will intaking an ambitious read be better understood, you get more out of the text with structured meetings in a group setting, better discussion and plenty of insights. With the help of video conferencing, starting and leading a Bible study group doesn’t require many logistics, and the benefits are plenty.… Read more →

Do Freelancers Need Video Conferencing To Be Successful?

Video ConferencingThe value of meeting clients face to face whether in person or with video conferencing is imperative to making a good impression and securing work. It’s your opportunity to put your best foot forward, and literally, be the face of your brand. With such a huge rise in the gig economy, however, the landscape is competitive and it begs the question, do freelancers need video conferencing to make their business successful and stand out?

One of the biggest hurdles for freelancers when attracting clients is providing them the peace of mind that they are paying for a hard-working, dedicated professional who they may likely never meet in the flesh. It’s important to bridge that gap if freelancers want to ramp up client in-take and bring in more jobs for themselves. Standing out doesn’t just get you jobs – creation, connection and collaboration by way of video conferencing does.… Read more →