February 16th, 2012 by Joel D Canfield
Meeting organizers know too well that if you get 40 "yes" RSVPs, you'll get 12 attendees, maybe even less.
When did it become so acceptable to say yes, I'll be there, and then not only fail to show, but to simply ignore the entire thing?
Yes, I'm a crusty old codger who believes that manners matter as a foundation of business. But I'll bet even you young folks would prefer to get 13 yeses and 27 maybes than have those 27 people say something they don't really mean.
Don't use your RSVP as a way to reward the meeting organizer for having a good idea. Don't use it to fill up your calendar so you look busy (nobody cares if you're busy; they're too busy to notice.) Don't tell them what you hope to do, tell them what you intend to do.
Hold yourself accountable for keeping your word in even the little things. It's the only way to be absolutely sure you'll be keeping your word when the big things come along.
Besides, your prospects might be watching, and you know you want them to think you keep your word, right?
October 8th, 2008 by Sue L Canfield
We use technology to automate and be more effective. Now, even the smallest business can use technology to gather people online in a web meeting. More and more businesses are using this technology as gas prices have increased. Your effectiveness and efficiency can be improved using web collaboration tools.
There are several ways to use webinar or webcast technology. You can create a sales presentation and invite someone who calls in to join you online while you walk them through the archived presentation. You can hold a discussion about challenges faced in your industry with several panel members. This can be a meaningful discussion that you host without being a sales pitch. Create a teleseminar and invite clients and prospects to attend by phone. You can also interview an expert this way and have guests get questions answered. These webcasts can be recorded and archived on your website. You can also turn them into an audio CD and use them in your marketing.
There are several online tools you can use:
GoToMeeting/Webinar - For $99/mo unlimited meetings with up to 16 people and unlimited webinars with up to 1000 - comes with audio telebridge as part of the package.
FreeConferenceCalls - Free conference calls and webinar capabilities.
Have you used any of these tools? Share your opinion of them with us.