Got a couple meetings today and figuring out how to get it all done? Ever had that meeting where you couldn't find the meeting invite you are digging through emails and calendar invites? Or even worse you join the meeting, the call drops, you are on your phone and now you are combing through your phone to find out how to log back in? If you can relate to this then we are indeed sojourners.
As a small business owner, I understand the power and value of simple technology to help small businesses get a lot more done with less time and less margin. When I discover a new platform or tool that makes business faster, more flexible, more cost effective my ears perk up.
A few months ago I checked out WebEx personal rooms for every WebEx Meeting Center customer. Now it’s easier than ever to get a meeting started. Rather than scheduling a meeting, all you have to do to start a meeting is share your permanent and personalized URL.
One of my personal favorite use cases happens to me a few times a month. As a small business owner, managing many meetings, project schedules, website builds, ad campaigns, paying the vendors, keeping up on emails, running carpool lines, running in between meetings, riding my bike when I can, I often find myself in traffic when a meeting is about to start – and many times it’s a meeting I am supposed to host. Yes... I know. I said it. I'm late sometimes.
To start the meeting, all I do is tap the WebEx meeting notification on my iPhone. WebEx instantly opens my personal room, immediately admits all guests into the meeting, and also lets WebEx know to call me back on the same phone. I simply answer that call via the hands-free button on my car’s steering wheel. It’s magic. There are no numbers to dial, nor passwords, no PIN numbers to look up in old emails. And I can keep my eyes on the road and my hands on the wheel.
I'm thinking about upgrading to the Apple Watch, which after an easy tap on the wrist automatically launches a Webex personal room on command. Part George Jetson.... Part awesome. It then instantly opens the door for all of my guests, and calls me back when we are ready to begin. Simple, quick, efficient. This is the power technology, and in a modern flexible workforce where things change on the fly this is a win for technology driven small business owners. We are pretty sure its the first conference call you initiate from the touch of a wrist.
And now hear all the field sales reps breathe a collective sigh of relief....
Sam Casey is the Managing Partner at Banyan Creative. He also is known to be late (every once in awhile) but loves the hustle of it all. But now thanks to the new Webex app for iPhone his life just got way easier and is now out of excuses.
Sam Casey is the Chief Creative Officer and Managing Partner at Banyan Creative.