This is a guest post of my dear friend and colleague Aniya aka TheEnglishTeacher.
Fuze meeting is an online web tool that lets you host meetings (and of course lessons, need be) so what, you say, well the interesting part about it, is that you can host them via your mobile device, thus being BlackBerry or iPhone wow!!! Having said that it is early days yet (a few teething problems) but this could be a big break through for the future.
I tested it out on both devices, the iPhone was straight forward and you just download the app via the app store whereas the Blackberry, you have to add you mobile number in the appropriate box for it to arrive via mail, I didn’t received a mail, so I wrote to fuze meeting’s customer care, and they sent me the link for downloading via mail. I was able to enter the meeting room with my iPhone on wifi whereas the BlackBerrry didn’t want to know. I was not on wifi at the time, perhaps I should have tried that option out.
Anyway I will be interested to find anyone else using this tool, perhaps let me know and we can try it out together, it would be too premature to actually give a lesson on the platform, but it could be an alternative in the future.
Here is what Fuze meeting say ..
1. Manage remote teams
You’ve got a talented team. But one of them is in Boston, two are in Minnesota, and yet another is in Silicon Valley. Get ‘em all on the same page with a daily 20 minute online sync up. You’ll get more done and have fun doing it.
2. Join meetings on different continents
Flying from the U.S. to Bulgaria to meet with your offshore development team? Don’t do it! Stay up a little later one night and save $2,500 by meeting online.
3. Stay at home in your slippers
Web meetings let you meet your boss or employees wearing your favorite bunny slippers — or nothing at all. When was the last time you went to a face-to-face meeting buck naked? Yet another online meeting benefit!
4. Conduct sales presentations
Make sales presentations, demonstrate applications, and even review contracts online. Web meetings aren’t just for nerds anymore.
5. Demonstrate products and software
Remember Show & Tell in kindergarten? Nothing beats being able to “show” while you “tell”. Get your point across and dazzle your audience with a couple of clicks.
6. Train customers, partners, and employees
Train your customers, partners, and employees anywhere in the World. Or around the corner.
7. Hold a meeting…on a train
Got an iPhone or Blackberry? Join a Fuze Meeting from the train because your daughter insisted on an early morning game of scrabble.
8. Hold a meeting…with a dude from Spain
If you read #7 but never take a commuter train, then find a reason to meet with Pablo in Spain.
9. Conduct a meeting going 600 miles per hour
If you’re a Virgin America customer, join a board meeting five miles in the air while going 600 miles an hour. Why? We say, “why not!”
10. Share your next big idea
You are a superstar at your job. You have great ideas. Don’t just share them with your immediate colleagues. Go big. Go wide. Go online and reach the remote corners of the world.
Fuze Meeting for BlackBerry and iPhone is available free and offers a range of features, including:
Instant web conferences – host audio conferences with full dashboard controls, and attend online meetings – all from a single, intuitive interface
Live desktop sharing – see files and presentations in perfect sync with the meeting presenter
HD-quality content – view crisp, detail-rich video and imagery
Integrated IM – log in to multiple IM platforms simultaneously through one application – Yahoo!®, AIM®, MSN®, Google™ Talk and others
I agree with Aniya that the possibility of conducting or attending online lessons via mobile devices would be a great step for our industry. Not only because managers could attend their classes from everywhere even more freely from their busy schedules.
It would also be a great option for the developing countries where the future lies more in an internet connection via cellphones than landlines.
I will test Fuze Meeting soon and write about my impressions. There is also an interesting article about the history of Fuze Meeting on TechCrunch.