Virtual Learning and Communications Solutions that Rock!

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Technical communications tools are taking learning to another level—virtual that is.

Nowadays, with technology in play, knowledge sharing doesn’t have to be restricted to a physical classroom setting.

If you are a small business owner that is currently not using virtual communications tools in your business—here are a few reasons that you should be:

  1. Cost savings – virtual communications tools take away the need for travel and additional costs associated with hosting live events
  2. Expanded reach –you can reach your intended audience (and a broader audience)
  3. Ability to “Can and Clone Information” – using virtual communications resources to host live events for your business also give you the opportunity to record them, then access them at a later time.

Here are the 3 virtual learning and communications tools that you should consider using in your business for online collaboration:

  1. Webinars – are essentially “web based seminars” that you can conduct online to facilitate training for your employees, market your products and services and more. Some of the most popular Webinar software platforms that people use are: GoToWebinar, and Google Hangouts.
  2. Teleseminars – like webinars are “telephone based seminars” can also be used for training purposes, hosting educational based events and more. Unlike webinars, with teleseminars information is given over a telephone line or conference bridge line versus screen casts and audio.
  3. Collaborative Meetings – allows you to host meetings where you can collaborate with your employees on training events or even meet with potential clients. Some of the best online collaboration tools are Anymeeting and Yugma.

A Few Strategies for Using Tech Resources for Virtual Learning:

  1. Create an agenda of what you plan to cover in advance. I’ve attended webinars and virtual learning presentations before that seemed all over the place. I have also held my own webinar and one thing I have learned is “preparation is key”.
  2. Place an emphasis on delivering content that is user friendly and simple to understand.
  3. Use social media to foster additional collaboration from peers in your industry regarding your virtual events.
  4. Keep your virtual training and learning events short and sweet. It is a known fact that you will only have approximately 30 minutes or so to hold your audience’s attention. Virtual training events are no different than physical ones. Stick to what needs to be covered and avoid information overload.

These are just a few tech resources and tips that you can use to host virtual training sessions with your staff or potential clients.

By using the strategies and resources you will be well on your way to holding successful virtual training events.

About Kim George

Kim George is the founder of Small Business Sense a blog sharing tips and resources for small business owners and entrepreneurs. A small business owner and lover of “tech stuff”, Kim enjoys reading and catching up with the latest trends in small business and technology. You can find out more about her and get tips for your small biz at www.small-bizsense.com.

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