April 27, 2012

Video Conferencing: Move over Skype and Google Hangouts

 

Time is one of the most valuable resources that we have as pastors.

One way to quickly cut down on wasted time in your schedule is to move your meetings online instead of in person. I concede that sometimes face-to-face meetings are the best option. However, I often find myself driving for 30 minutes to a meeting that could’ve been done online (thereby wasting my time, my gas and my money on that $5 coffee).

The major problem people encounter with online meetings is that it’s hard to set-up. Not so hard you can’t figure it out, but hard enough that it deters you from even trying.

Google Hangouts and Skype seem to be the choice option for most. They are good options but not the best options. For both of those options all participants need to sign-up, create an account and download software before you can get going. Skype is also limited to video-calling on the free account to only 1 person.

There is a new option called “Meetings.io” that, in my opinion, blows the other options out of the water. Here’s why:

  • No sign-up required
  • No software to install
  • Start up a video-meeting in under 30 seconds
  • Better user interface (meaning, it looks awesome and is ridiculously easy to use)
  • Uses a hyperlink to invite people to the meeting (easy delivery system)

Meetings.io allows you to take notes right within the app, live chat with other participants and screen and file sharing is coming soon.

Check out Meetings.io today just to see how easy it is!

Question: Do you use hold online meetings? If so, what program do you use and why?

Ken McIntyre runs kenmcintyre.org, a website designed to help church leaders leverage technology for ministry. He loves to see students dream and live big!

Originally Published: April 27, 2012
Category: Technology
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