3. GoToMeeting – Another extremely reliable option is GoToMeeting. You can not only chat live and face-to-face, but you can also share applications and screens.In addition, you can record your meetings, as well as switching to different presenters.
GoToMeeting is not cheap at $49.00 per month, but if you pay yearly you can save $120.00.
Section 10: Your Virtual Team
Step 5: Verbal Communication
Step Five: Project Communication (Verbal)
Some people like to help their virtual team bond over regular meetings, brainstorming sessions or weekly check-ins.
Thanks to technology, there is more than one way to achieve virtual meetings.
1. Google Plus Hangouts – One wonderful feature of Google Plus has gone unnoticed by a large majority of its users:
The ability to instantly create a Hangout and participate in a genuine, multiple-user video chat. (You can even all watch a YouTube video within your video hangout.)
The person speaking appears in the main window, and small “thumbnail” views of the other participants appear below in a narrow bar. These are live screens, so everyone can see the other participants’ reactions in real time.
2. Skype – Sometimes the connection on Skype isn’t too reliable. However, with the Skype upgrade, you can have multiple users on at the same time.
Plus there is a thirty-day free trial – which ought to give you enough time to see if it’s working for you and your team. (And make sure none of your members lives in an area that won’t allow GoToMeeting’s area code.)
4. Facebook – If you only have one team member or you prefer to talk one-on-one, don’t forget that Windows Live allows you to video chat via your Facebook instant messaging.
No matter what communication system you set up, and if your team is large enough, designate one person as your “team captain” and have all communication go through him/her. That will help cut down on confusion, cost, and creep. Your captain will be able to keep the team focused on project completion.