The Positive Impact of Video Conferencing in IT Companies

“Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature’s inexorable imperative.”

H.G. Wells

VC in its most rudimentary form has been around for quite a while now, but it’s literally changing the way in which we communicate, replicating and inspiring the camaraderie and empathy that any successful business should predicate its success upon.

Companies are constantly looking for new and smarter ways of investing, profiting and optimising, and one way of doing so is by means of technology; and it’s not “just” about improving communications, it’s literally about the future of workforces connectivity [both on-site and remotely] with VC.

Why so popular?

The key reasons are pretty obvious: SIMPLICITY, CONVENIENCE AND ACCESSIBILITY, and currently this is ever more the case, thanks to the fully-featured suites of mobile apps provided by numerous developers.

Recent surveys show the tremendous impact that VC can have on a business, particularly those whose employees are spread out globally; for instance; 99,2% stated that the use of VC has helped them build stronger relationships both with fellow employees as well as individuals outside their organisations; 91,7% stated they were better articulating their messages when being able to communicate face-to-face via video chat; and last but not least, over 75% stated that the use of VC services increased their productivity and enhanced their work-life balance.

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Plus, the latest research findings from Frost & Sullivan clearly demonstrate that cloud-based VC services market is expecting a compound annual growth rate of 20,7%, and that alone, combined with the increased globalisation of businesses, means that the market for speedy and reliable video conferencing services will only continue to grow.

Major Benefits

Significant Travel Expenses Reduction

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“Being global” is here to stay and the need to communicate at all times, has truly become the norm; in that way, VC is a stellar solution to secure significant reductions from a travelling budget perspective, and there’s just no way of denying it.

Just imagine how many international business trips one would eliminate with a high-definition VC solution in place. No brainer, right?

Plus, travel cost reduction is the easiest expense to calculate by determining the ROI of a VC solution, so, to get a real sense of how much money your company could be saving, just make an estimation on how many trips are taken annually, multiply it by the average cost associated

[travel to/from airport + airfare + per diem expenses + salary of time lost while traveling]

versus the investment in a VC solution

[equipment, network, service and training], and that’s it.

Most companies are able to justify their entire VC investment in less than three months time, and some even sooner, so what are you waiting for?

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Increased Productivity & Efficiency

VC has had a dramatic effect on the way people do business nowadays, so what’s the point of having endless e-mail chains, when you can interact with colleagues in real-time, almost as if they were in the same room?

VC provides knowledgeable workers with the ability to easily share dynamic presentations and see actual reactions; naturally and as expected, this genuine, lifelike interaction results in faster decision making processes; in the ability to bring products to market quicker; and last but not least, in the opportunity to be more competitive.

Plus, research shows that 93% of all communication is nonverbal, so the implications are obvious since so much of sales, marketing and management comes down to it. VC allows participants to understand, process and collaborate over distance and ensures no inflection or gesture is missed or misinterpreted. For this reason, all parties involved are more likely to stay focused when video is added to the mix; decisions are faster; projects are shortened; and productivity is increased across the organisation.

Improved Management Communications

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In the same way colleagues are able to better collaborate with one another, VC can also be viewed as a way of improving management communications, since technology offers a way of strengthening relationships way beyond the mere use of a telephone or e-mail.

Since nowadays customers have access to more people within’ an organisation other than the salesperson responsible for a particular account, it’s vital that relationships extend beyond an email signature; that can only be achieved through a more lifelike interaction, such as a meeting using high-definition VC.

Enhanced Business Opportunities

With reduced travel expenses, increased productivity and efficiency and improved management communications, there’s actually time left to focus on fostering professional relationships and potentiating new business opportunities, thus allowing the ultimate flexibility of working from wherever, whenever.

Improved Work & Life Balance

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Any Team Manager knows that high morale translates into higher productivity, right?

Still, due to the pretty hectic lives that pretty much everybody is faced with nowadays, excessive business travel can not only burn out employees, but most importantly, contribute to familiar tensions and even “cripple” relationships.

By implementing VC within’ an organisation, one can guarantee that employees make meetings on-time and minimize the stress levels of a poor work & life balance.

BOTTOM LINE, VC technology has been globally embraced and is currently perceived as a mandatory tool, contributing to higher levels of productivity, increased morale and far more business opportunities, which is something that every organisation should strive for at all times.

 

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Speaking Without Words – Nonverbal Communication

Good communication is the key of any successful relationship, but it’s our nonverbal communication that ultimately speaks the loudest. Mastering it is an extremely powerful tool and can play a pivotal role in the process of connecting with others, expressing what one really means and hence, building better relationships.

1. What is Nonverbal Communication and Body Language?

When interacting with others, one continuously gives and receives wordless signals.

All nonverbal behaviors are invested of strong messages, messages that don’t stop when one stops talking either; even when one’s silent, he’s still communicating in a nonverbal way.

Quite often, what comes out of one’s mouth and what he actually communicates through his body language are complete opposites; faced with mixed signals, a listener will have to choose between one or the other, and in most cases, the nonverbal will prevail, because it’s perceived as being more natural and unconscious, portraying one’s true feelings.

2. Why Does Nonverbal Communication Matters?

When one’s nonverbal signals match up with what’s being said, aspects like trust, clarity and rapport naturally increase; when not, tension, mistrust and confusion are certain to settle in.

3. Types of Nonverbal Communication

There are numerous types of nonverbal communication, but these are the most important.

     3.1. Facial Expressions

Our face is hugely expressive, and unlike other forms, facial expressions are universal.

     3.2. Body Movement and Posture

It’s a given that the way one sits, walks, stands-up or holds his head, sends a clear message to others, transmitting a ton of information and playing a major role in the way others perceive us.

     3.3. Gestures

Gestures are innate and part of our daily lives, happening in a unthought way. Nevertheless, the meaning of gestures can be extremely different across cultures and regions, so it’s key to tread carefully and avoid being misinterpreted.

     3.4. Eye Contact

It’s usually said that the eyes are windows to the soul, and that’s spot on! Eye contact is one of the most important types of nonverbal communication, expressing a multitude of things, such as interest, affection, hostility, or attraction.

     3.5. Touch

We communicate a great deal through touch. Just think about all the messages sent by a weak handshake, a timid tap on the shoulder, a warm hug, a reassuring pat on the back or just a controlling grip of one’s arm.

     3.6. Space

Ever felt uncomfortable because the other person is standing too close or invading your space? Everybody needs their space, although it may differ depending on the culture, the situation and the closeness of a certain relationship.

     3.7. Voice

It’s not just what you say, it’s how you say it. When we speak, others “read” our voices, besides listening to our words. Pace, loudness, tone, inflection, sounds that can convey understanding, etc. Just think about how someone’s tone can indicate sarcasm, anger, affection or confidence.

4. Nonverbal Communication Can’t Be Faked

The number of “tricks” that can be used to project confidence or assert dominance is countless, but they’ll only work if one actually believes in it; it’s virtually impossible to control everything and the harder one tries, the more unnatural it’s perceived.

5. How Can Nonverbal Communication Go Wrong?

What’s being communicated either through body language or nonverbal signals affects how others see us, how they will likely respect us, and whether or not they’ll trust us. Unfortunately, mixed signals are frequent, and when that happens, things can go wrong.

Establishing solid and trusting relationships depends on how one uses and interprets signals.

6. Setting The Stage For Effective Nonverbal Communication

In this fast paced back-and-forth process, concentration and attention to detail is key. If one’s planning what he’s going to say next, daydreaming, or just thinking about something else, it’s certain that nonverbal cues and other subtleties will be missed in the process, so being focused and in the moment is the only way to go at it.

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6 Tips to help you fight the fear of speaking in public

You have an important presentation to make but being in the spotlight causes you cold sweats. You stutter, words seems to get stuck in your throat, your body writhe with chills and it’s all because you fear watching your audience yawn at your speech. You suffer from glossophobia (from the ancient greek word for tongue, glṓssa), or fear of speaking in public – but do not give up just yet.

First of all, you are not alone. Fear of speaking in public is one of the most common fears in modern societies. As a matter of fact, it affects people you would not even imagine – from thinkers to economists, Hollywood actors and, even, politicians. It is estimated that 75% of the population suffers from glossophobia and studies even claim people fear less death than they fear speaking in public.

“According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you’re better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.”

Jerry Seinfeld

Understanding the fear

Like any other fear, glossophobia affects both reasoning and body. Besides the predictable mental block, it also translates in physical manifestations such as dilated pupils, faster heartbeat, stiffness of the muscles of the neck and back, body shaking, nausea, hyperventilation, dry mouth and weak voice. Suddenly the speaker freezes in front of his audience.

Glossophobia is a social fear – it was born out of the social need for people to be accepted and appreciated. It is deep-seated in individuals due to millennia of social life evolution. We all want to be part of the group, we need social approval. Our mistakes and failures might end up in our rejection – and jeopardize our survival.

The mismanagement of glossophobia is a threat to any professional career that requires sharing knowledge orally – it means hours of preparation and brilliant ideas going down the drain. No one will give you the privilege of slinking through the back door just because you are panicked. Actually, talking in public will not put your life in danger and people will think they are asking of you something quite simple. Specially if the content is impersonal – like reporting results, or analysing the status of a project.

Bear this in mind – you may not cure the fear, but you can manage it

Like other fears, glossophobia will probably never be gone for good. But you can fight it so it will not become incapacitating or impact your professional life. We give you a small collection of tips, gathered from the testimony of some experts in public speaking who had to overcome their anxiety just like you. Take your notes and start your personal fight.

1. We fear what we are not familiar with

One of the main reasons for the persistence of glossophobia is lack of practice. Talking in public is a skill all speakers keep on mastering during the years. Practise makes perfection. Make a habit out of it and talk, talk and talk. Just as riding a bike, once you get the hang of it, you never forget. After all, you have a voice for a reason, right?

2. Fight silly “what if” questions

What if people don’t like my speech?

What if I am boring?

What if my presentation lacks quality?

What if my boss thinks I no longer suits his team?

Give your mind a break. One speech or presentation alone does not prove anyone’s value. Besides, you are focusing on what others will think, which is extremely difficult to dissociate, we admit, but is also harmful to your self-esteem. Successful people do not focus on negative ideas. Instead, they constantly repeat to themselves their best qualities and wishes of success. “I will make my presentation and my message will be clear”. You don’t have to be the best, but you can manage to do your best.

Takeaway: okay, getting others approval is inevitable and you cannot fight it. Involve colleagues or potential listeners and make them part of your learning process. “Where do you think I should concentrate? Do you think I should talk about this? Do you think my tone is adequate?” They will be glad to help you, just never forget the difference between criticism and advices.

3. Be narcissistic about your speech

Before all audiences, you are your first listener. Learn to enjoy listening to yourself and you will share your ideas and words with relish. Many people never had the chance to talk out loud while alone, to set their tone, or play with their voice. The more you repeat your speech, the better you can improve it to reach the right rhythm, mood and tone of voice.  

Takeaway: record your speech on your mobile phone, audio or video, take your notes and work on improvements before the bid day. Try not to be so harsh on your voice – electronic devices tend to alter the perception we have of our own voice – and concentrate on the utterance, the pauses, the interjections and the clarity of the message.

4. Keep calm and get ready to kick ass

Being nervous before your presentation is absolutely acceptable. Even if you have prepared yourself for many hours, inevitable silly questions will cross your mind. Many experts in public speaking strongly recommend you take 5 minutes to take a walk or relaxation exercises. In fact, exercise is benefitial for those who have stressful jobs, not just because they will look good, but because exercise has plenty of benefits – it helps relieving from stress and improving memory and gives the energy you need to performe your tasks the best way possible.

In short, relax! Quite cliché, but the word is overused for a reason. After all, is no big deal. Do everything you can to control your nerves before any presentation and you will be ready to face your audience – be it the board members of your company, your boss, your colleagues or hundreds of unknown listeners.

5. Prepare your body

One of the most common manifestations of anxiety is cotton mouth – the uncomfortable sensation of dry mouth that difficultates the speech. To avoid it drink a lot of water before your presentation in order to stay hydrated.

6. Take public speaking classes

Experienced professionals may help you identify your weaknesses and turn them into strengths. Courses are designed to teach people how to control their nerves, how to improve their self-esteem and structure their speech to make it clear. The feedback obtained is always honest. If you have to speak a lot in public, why not consider taking public speaking classes?

Bottom line, take the challenge. Facing our own fears means reaching an incredible state of satisfaction. Is our own personal success. Once we face our fears, confidence gets stronger – and confidence is contagious.

Do not forget video conferencing is more comfortable than having the audience sitting on the other side of the table, but we hope this article is useful if you fear speaking during a video meeting.

 

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The Top 5 Reasons to Fall In Love With Veedeeo

Whether we assign a dollar value to it or not, time is currently the greatest commodity on the planet… period. Just think about how much of one’s typical work week is spent stressed about not having enough time to complete this or that task, reaching goals, meeting deadlines, delivering on time, and the list goes on and on.

No matter how anybody slices it, there are only 24 hours in a day, hence, Time is Limited. Yet, when one learns how to take control of time, its ability to focus improves, and with increased focus, comes increased efficiency, meaning, accomplishing more with less effort.

It also translates into better decision making, since through effective time management one can eliminate the pressure that comes from feeling that there’s just not enough time. Feeling calm and in control, decreases vastly the risk of making rushed decisions.

With this in mind, the multiplicative effect of time management it’s pretty straightforward.

Good time management allows one to accomplish more in a shorter period of time, which leads to more free time, which allows taking advantage of learning opportunities, lowering stress levels, enhancing focus and ultimately, SUCCESS.

This is where VEEDEEO steps in, putting video at the center of your company’s collaborative strategy; allowing to meet instantly with teams, clients and partners across the globe using just a browser or an existing video conference room; and allowing to broadcast your brands to the world, engaging with customers in captivating and immersive online video experiences.

The future of video communication is NOW and the SKY is definitely NOT THE LIMIT.

Reasons to fall in love with VEEDEEO? Honestly, quite a lot… bare with our self modesty; still, let’s focus on the one’s we consider to be our Top 5 for now.

1. SAVE, SAVE AND SAVE SOME MORE

Forget about travel hassles and associated costs and start putting technology at the forefront of your company, maximizing efficiency and reducing expenditure. Make use of your existing video conference equipments, computers or mobile devices to meet remotely with anyone around the globe.

VEEDEEO enables you to use your existing video conferencing rooms to connect with external contacts anywhere, with the possibility of guests connecting via browser, or via their own SIP | H323 Video Systems, assuring the best possible experience.

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2. THE WORLD YOUR OFFICE AWAY

Meetings in Silicon Valley, Hong Kong and London… in the same day?

Yes it’s possible, and all while comfortably seated in your video conference room.

The applications are numerous as one can imagine. It can be used to display new products and services to clients worldwide; to host seminars for professionals; to broadcast video in real-time to hundreds of people to make internal announcements or public releases; to provide training through video in real-time broadcasting sessions; all, just a click away.

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3. BUSINESS AT THE SPEED OF LIGHT

In need of closing major deals and literally racing against the clock? Just stop wasting your time and money travelling around. Initiate video meetings with partners and clients in a matter of seconds and get things done faster than you ever imagined.

 

4. IT’S ALL ABOUT PRODUCTIVITY

Using our high quality video services, colleagues can exchange ideas, customer service can better satisfy customers and investor relations managers can advise shareholders. At a glance, Great Results = Highly Motivated Teams.

Deliver personalized and innovative video experiences to your customers, by means of creating direct video communication channels and having your sales and support teams eye-to-eye with them.

Innovate communication methods by use of video as the main contact channel, increasing trust and interactivity in the process; bring video to your brick and mortar stores to put clients in direct contact with experts at your offices and help desks.

Sounding way to complicated to implement? Not at all. Our Application Programming Interfaces [API’s] provide an easy deployment and with only a few lines of code, you can have a surprising video communication tool available in your website.

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5. INFRASTRUCTURE COST REDUCTION

Extend your video conferencing infrastructure with our cloud video service. Have easy and instant access to video meetings with several points without investing in new equipments or expensive maintenance services. VEEDEEO enables you to have a video MCU instantly available in the cloud.

 

All summed up, at the end of the day it’s all about STAYING AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION.

Make your company stand out of the crowd with an incredibly fast, universal and innovative service powered by video collaboration, improving productivity and teamwork, while surprising partners and customers with cutting edge video communication tools.

 

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5 Reasons why your company should adopt video conferencing

Video is the future.

It is overtaking other forms of communication, not only within the corporate context, but also amongst people during their everyday life. Smartphones, tablets and laptops allow video meetings from any point of the globe and there are plenty of (great) solutions available for all needs.

Of course, mobility is a plus, but in a world where globalization is a fact, meaning businesses are conducted between China, Europe and the USA simultaneously, companies have to find a way to lower their costs. Imagine meetings in Hong Kong, London, New York and Rio de Janeiro in only one week. It is unsustainable for any budget and for the patience and physical capacity of any human being.

That is why companies are embracing video conferencing. But if you are not yet seduced, we give you 5 good reasons to start thinking about it.

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1. The best deals are made face to face

The great quality of the video equipments and devices commercially available today can make remote meetings very similar to face to face meetings. Any collaborator may sit at a video conference room with colleagues, partners or clients from anywhere in the world without even leaving their companies. It is more comfortable, safer and faster – and represents huge savings in your company’s budget at the end of the month.

2. Turn your teams into super teams

Video is an excellent alternative to emails, phone calls or any kind of written messages. Through video conference, scattered teams can meet as if they were together in the same room and make things happen in real time. Video conferencing improves the workflow of remote co-workers – they become more productive, information losses are avoided and projects are implemented more quickly. Besides, recent studies indicate that workers feel closer to their remote colleagues when they use video conferencing.

3. Share your message with more people at the same time

In only one video meeting you can gather an unlimited number of people. You can have 200 participants attending from one single video endpoint. It is indeed a great privilege to talk to the largest possible audience, avoiding information losses and the annoying tales about what was said – or not – during the meeting.

4. Direct your most valuable resources to what matters the most

Let’s face it. If your company has business with companies from other countries or even continents, meeting with partners or clients may turn into a headache. Travel is expensive and exhausting. Video conferencing replaces unnecessary travel, time wasted and stress. In minutes you can meet anyone you need with ease and join a group of people at a fraction of the cost of what you would spend with only one travelling person. Spare your employees and save your budget to invest in your product or service. Let technology do the rest. Afterall, it was created to help you!

5. Be always one step ahead

The business world is fast paced. No one wants to fall behind. So why wait to check the status of a project? Or close an important deal? Video allows you to closely monitor the evolution of your business, giving you the competitive advantage over your competitors.

What now?

Give video conferencing a try and do the math – it’s not rocket science.