Video conferencing is a powerful communications tool that brings people across the world into your boardroom at the touch of a button. Decreased travel spend, increased time efficiency and the ability to link multiple locations make video conferencing the automatic choice for smart businesses. Seartec has put together a few tips for planning successful video conferences – and avoiding technical delays.
Conduct a needs assessment
Establish how sophisticated the system needs to be and what is required from a hardware and IT perspective. Businesses that require the best image and sound quality experience should consider an HD video conferencing system, or in exceptional cases, a telepresence system for life-like realism. It is also possible to hire equipment as opposed to purchasing it. And mobile video conferencing solutions mean that people on the move can tap into the conference via a device such as a tablet.
Pick the right partner
Instead of choosing multiple vendors that install various components of a video conferencing solution, go with one which can offer comprehensive services, with one point of contact. A good provider should do an initial consultation in order to develop a tailored solution, as opposed to pushing a one-size-fits-all product. They should focus on simplicity and ease of use and provide support and troubleshooting for peace of mind.
On the day: Be prepared
It is best to be completely familiar with the equipment and controls in advance to avoid fiddling and time delays during the meeting. Arrive early and check the venue. An amply lit room is ideal, and if the windows are not behind the video conferencing system, they should be covered. Check seating arrangements so that the camera and microphone can pick all attendees up. If possible, external noise should be kept minimal. Check the connection and make sure that everything is working.