Video Conferencing

Written by Charles Peacock
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Video conferencing is one of those technologies that seems like it's been around forever, and yet most of us have never actually used it. Since the early days of sci-fi movies, we've seen presidents and scientists talking to each other over video screens--and many of us have wondered when we would be able to do the same. I am happy to report that they day is finally here--video conferencing is no longer the stuff of science fiction.

Advantages of Video Conferencing

Human beings are used to looking at one another when we're having a conversation. And while we've grown accustomed over the past 50 years to speaking through the telephone, scientists and psychologists will tell you that something is still missing from these conversations. A substantial portion of what we communicate to other people comes through things like hand gestures and facial expressions.

Video conferencing solves the problem of having a business associate or client in your office when you need them--even if they're thousands of miles away. It's difficult, if not impossible, to have a comfortable conference with a group of people when none of them can see each other. Unfortunately, flying everybody in for a two hour meeting can be so complex and cost-prohibitive that it is sometimes simply impossible.

By setting up a video conferencing system, you can allow your sales reps, clients, and managers to be where they need to be at all times. When the need arises to get everybody together for a decision-making meeting, they can all dial in via a broadband video conferencing system. This technology is the closest we have come to reproducing in-person human communications.

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