Video Conferencing Connects People From Around The World

Those familiar with Video Conferencing might describe it as a virtual field trip around the world.  Video Conferencing has the ability to connect consumers, employees and employers and students from around the word. Corporate representatives can use Videoconferencing to meet with world class experts or business executives in multiple fields, locations and within many different industries to expand their knowledge base, network and improve their strategy and procedures.

Students can use Videoconferencing to meet with experts and instructors in various fields to enhance their understanding of a particular subject or area of interest. Consumers can use Videoconferencing to explore exotic locations, vacation spots or perhaps investigate a new area to live in.

Benefits Video Conferencing

More and more individuals and organizations alike are starting to realize the benefits Video Conferencing has to offer. Videoconferencing can increase a non profit organizations ability to extend knowledge of their programs and engage in outreach efforts. Healthcare providers can use Videoconferencing to communicate with experts in their field from around the world, to solve a new case or come up with new treatment ideas or research areas.

Perhaps the biggest advantage Video Conferencing has to offer the world today is its ability to connect people from around the world so face to face communication results. This will dramatically increase man’s networking ability and our ability to explore, conquer, understand, learn and succeed for years to come. Video Conferencing truly is the wave of the future, a method for engaging in virtual field trips to any location in the world.

Uses of Video Conferencing

Video Conferencing can be used in a host of different environments, which is one of the reasons the technology is so popular. General uses for Videoconferencing include business meetings, educational training or instruction and collaboration among health officials or other representatives. Thus far Videoconferencing has been used in the following fields:

  • Telemedicine
  • Telecommunication
  • Education
  • Surveillance
  • Security
  • Emergency Response

Advantages and Benefits of Video Conferencing

Perhaps the biggest advantage or benefit Video Conferencing has to offer is the ability to meet with people in remote locations without incurring travel expenses or other expenses associated with face to face communication. Business meetings, educational meetings, healthcare conferences and more can all be easily conducted thanks to Video Conferencing technology. Individuals living in remote areas can also use Video Conferencing to keep in touch if you will, with the world at large.

More people are easily accessed and contacted using Video Conferencing. Because of this technology information and knowledge are often disseminated at more rapid rates, and collaboration between people occurs more willingly and freely. Students can take advantage of Videoconferencing to take classes at distant locations that would normally be unavailable. They can also take classes that will accommodate busy schedules.

Video Conferencing can stimulate better brainstorming, knowledge sharing and information gathering. Businesses can use Videoconferencing to provide presentations to key members of an organization or to solicit new clients in a professional manner, regardless of their location. The possibilities for communication are virtually endless thanks to Video Conferencing technologies.

The Basics Of Videoconferencing

What Videoconferencing Is And Is Not

Videoconferencing is nothing more than a form of technology that allows video and audio images to be transmitted from one physical location to another using cameras, video displays, and computers. Of course there are other components involved in the process of transmitting data from one part to another.

Videoconferencing is beneficial for communication with individuals located in distant or remote locations and for situations where you might want to communicate with someone that is not ordinarily accessible due to physical or other restraints.

While Videoconferencing is often used by corporations and organizations to enhance business communications, more recently it has also been used to facilitate distance education. Videoconferencing allows real time instruction from distant locations, accommodating the needs of non traditional students that might not otherwise be able to attend traditional classes.

Abstract Uses for Videoconferencing

Videoconferencing has allowed communication in areas that have formerly been restricted, like surgical operating rooms and even on the space shutt le. Videoconferencing can be used for multiple abstract purposes, such as observing wildlife in a natural environment or to enhance surveillance and security in remote locations. Videoconferencing when combined with micro instruments can even be used to explore the organs and other features within the human body (though it is unlikely you would use Videoconferencing to communicate with the body, only to take video of the body’s organs).

Anyone interested in taking advantage of Videoconferencing should know that multiple technologies are available that provide Videoconferencing capability. Thus it is important a user decide what types of network connections, services, software video and audio equipment and other tools and systems they will need to enhance their remote communication experiences.

The Tools and Supplies Needed for Videoconferencing

In order to take advantage of Videoconferencing you need the right ingredients or tools. There are some basic components that anyone, whether an organization, educational facility or individual needs before they can communicate with others using Videoconferencing technology.

Of course the most basic piece of equipment necessary is a camera. A camera will allow a user to capture video information at their site and transmit it to someone at another site. Parties using Videoconferencing will also need a video display to display the video at their site, a microphone to hear the video and speakers to play the audio material.

Videoconferencing Equipment

Most Videoconferencing terminals also require what is called a codec or Compressor/Decompressor interface. This piece of equipment helps compress information being passed from audio to video to make transmission of materials feasible over the Net. Without this piece of equipment most files would be too large to send from one computer to another. The process of compression data using a codec machine is often referred to as decoding and encoding information.

Finally, a computer and reliable internet connection are also necessary to facilitate Videoconferencing. A high speed connection is recommended to make the Videoconferencing experience not only endurable but also enjoyable. The actual computer you have is not as important as the size of your display. Remember that when using Videoconferencing equipment, the larger your display the better your picture and the more easily a time you will have ‘conferencing’ with other people on the Web.

AccuConference | What's Your Communicator Strategy?

What's Your Communicator Strategy?

Everyone has one, or should have anyway, when communicating as a manager or CEO with their employees, regardless of whether you are speaking or writing.

A communicator strategy is made up of the following:

1. What is your objective? Communicating in non-business environments is as simple as speaking or writing to get a response. However, in business environments, you are speaking or writing (i.e., communicating) in order to get a certain response. Thus, your objective will determine your communication strategy from the outset. To find a viable objective, convert your general communication goal to a more specific communication goal. This would look something similar to "To express my vision," which would turn into "As a result of this communication, my audience will understand my vision for 2009." See how that works?

2. What communication style do you choose? Your communication style is directly related to the objective you've set for the communication. Are you explaining or persuading? Are you seeking to understand or learn something?  You're going to use different communication styles when doing each of the above-listed objectives. For instance, when you're explaining, you have all the information you need, you don't need others' opinions, ideas, or input, and you want to control the message content. This is also true with the persuading communication style. For the communications that are for you to understand or learn, you obviously do not have sufficient information, you need or want to hear other opinions, ideas, or input, and you want to (or need to) involve your audience in order to come up with the message together.

Be advised that sometimes you may need to use a combination of those styles in order to facilitate quality communication throughout a longer-term or more difficult project.

3. What is your credibility? What is your audience's perception of you? How they perceive you will affect your communication strategy. If they don't think you are someone they want (or need) to listen to, it does not matter how efficiently you communicate. Thus, you may want to stress or remind your audience of the grounds for your credibility. Let them know why they should listen to what you have to say, and do so in a humble way. However, simply relying on that is not enough. You must communicate well and use every communication tool in your arsenal to continue to prove your credibility.

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