A big up for Zoom!
There is a myriad of articles currently circulating on social media platforms regarding ‘Zoom Fatigue’ and pretty much everything that is wrong with online meetings, of which some I agree with in general….to a point. We all know you simply cannot beat live meetings and as human beings we are designed/programmed to interact with one another in a social environment. 2020 has been a transformational year and especially for business owners around the Globe. Online meetings have replaced most of the face to face meetings out of necessity rather than choice. However, speaking as someone who had never heard of Zoom, or any of the other online platforms for that matter before the pandemic, my personal experience has been a mixed bag of conclusions.
I run Business Networking Clubs. These are traditionally live meetings, relying on human face to face interaction for their success. I am speaking from personal experience here, but I believe online meetings were relatively painless to adapt to and will have a place in the business world going forward, long after the pandemic has passed.
Let us take a quick look at some of the pros for the online platforms.
First and foremost, it has allowed businesses to continue holding vital meetings, and I am sure many people would agree that it is a surprisingly good second best. Then there is the convenience side, with less travelling time which is also good for the environment as well as our pockets! Another thing to consider, and this is potentially a big one – Geographical boundaries have been removed for many business owners, allowing them to expand with minimal costs. Also, with the obvious time saving aspects, it allows for more meetings, which to be honest could be the reason many are complaining of Zoom fatigue.
I am sure there are plenty more advantages not written here, and I am aware online meetings are not for everyone. I just thought amongst all the negative vibes I would point out the good stuff. Of course, I would defend Zoom, it saved my business and for that I am very grateful, especially as my other business fell down.
Paul James - CAP Business Clubs