Remote Meeting Blog Post
We conducted our remote meeting via Google Hangouts in order to prepare for our upcoming group presentation. The one word that I would use to describe this experience is “revealing.” Firstly, the convenience that modern technology provides to us on a daily basis was revealed even more to me. To be able to communicate with someone face-to-face at an extremely low cost is something that could not have been imagined even a few years ago.
On the other side of the coin of convenience is inconvenience. As we were discussing what we would do for our presentation, one of our group members could not even be heard. His WiFi was dysfunctional to the point that it disabled him from communicating vocally and caused him to disconnect from the chat several times. As another group member spoke, his lips and the words that he was speaking were not synchronized. In spite of that, we were able to communicate effectively in the end. We discussed what we liked from the presentations we saw that day and what we didn’t like. We also talked about methods to engage the audience and to prepare for the Q&A portion. At the conclusion of our meeting, we divided up tasks so that we could come prepared for our practice presentation the following day.
I’d say that the meeting was an overall success. Regardless of the setbacks, we were able to touch on our most important points. I’ve learned that modern technology, although still imperfect, increases the efficiency of collaborative work and is something to be embraced, not feared.