If you ever watch movies from the 1950s and the 1960s that are supposed to be futuristic in nature, you always find that they depict communications occurring via video conferencing calls. This depiction, often shown in the 1980s and the 1990s were depictions of clean clear real time video conferencing between two people. The reality, however, was far different and the 1980s and the 1990s were not the year of the video conference calls because no company could seem to work out the kinks that came with this type of communication. From jerky pictures to connections full of static, this just wasn’t a viable way to communicate.
Today, however, things are quite different and although video conferencing isn’t perfect, it is darn close. Now you can conduct video conference calls via your cell phone, net-book computer, notebook computer, laptop, desktop computer and you can even purchase video conference phones specifically designed to conduct video conference calls from anywhere in the world. What’s more, you can wire your entire office to receive video conference calls so that you can conference with dozens of people all over the world, all from your own conference room.
The truth is, a video conferencing room can be expensive and it is an expense that many smaller businesses believe that they can’t afford. One of the things that you need to consider, however, is how much you travel to meet with clients or how often you fly in offsite employees for important client or company meetings. If your company is spending thousands of dollars a year for this purpose, then you should consider installing a video conferencing center in your office instead. Yes, there will be a large initial cost, but the long term benefits and savings will make it well worth it!
Of course, you always have the free video conferencing option offered by many online companies. Now, the downside here is that you can’t guarantee what kind of connection you will be getting from this type of connection, so you may not want to depend on this for an important call to a client on the other side of the world.
The truth is, nothing can beat a face to face meeting with a client, but when money is tight, you need to consider other options. One great option is with video conference calls that allow you to see who you are talking to and conversely, they get to see you too!