You are the captain of your Enterprise…

“One of the advantages of being a Captain is being able to ask for advice without necessarily having to take it.”  – James T. Kirk

You don’t need to have the heavily punctuated dialect of Captain Kirk to be able to enjoy the benefits of video conferencing. New technology is making it even easier to connect with clients and colleagues from the bridge of your boardroom…without having to travel light years or sacrifice the human touch (unless you are meeting with Vulcans!)

But are people really using it? It can really cut your costs as well as your carbon footprint by leveraging the in which you have technology you have invested to reduce travel. One barrier I’ve found is that people don’t really know video conferencing etiquette and it’s intimidating.

I found this fantastic how-to guide on video conferencing that outlines things that your staff needs to know (and it might make them warm up to it more) like avoiding bright colors or busy patterns and addressing people in the meeting by name. 

You can read it here ….  enjoy and live long and prosper!

Greener Meetings

Working in a remote office I have seen the good and the bad of attending webinars.  The good parts being that of course it is much greener and easier to attend than having to drive and fly somewhere.  But sometimes it is hard to hear or be heard and our video isn’t always the best.  Overall I would say that the good outweighs the bad.  Obviously for a company of our size it doesn’t make sense to have everyone travel to 1 location. 

The Chicago conference room

 To take costs down one step further, as well as make our meetings even greener, we only give the meeting link and the phone numbers to managers instead of every employee.  This means we are using a lot less phone lines and computers to have everyone attend the meeting.  I actually prefer this way because everyone in their own offices gets together to view the meeting in Toronto on their projectors so its like we are all coming together for our own meetings.

Green Team 2010 : First meeting today

Some of our Green Team membersToday marked the first meeting of our new 2010 Green Team. We have 4 members from last year staying on ( Casey, Andrew, Adam and Mike) and 4 new members ( Joseph, Bill, Danielle and Candice) The perfect combination of experience and fresh new ideas to take our green strategy to a new level.

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