By Barry Stein
Teleseminars is basically the same as teleconferencing. For those who are unfamiliar with either term, teleseminars or teleconferencing involve a telephone call among a group of people who usually all phone the same telephone number to be connected to each other.
Though it is not a new concept, the telephone meeting idea has gone through many technological changes through the years. It started as a simple office conference call among employees in long-distance locations. Today, technology allows the host or presenter to include training sessions, sales and marketing presentations, Power Point Presentations, videos, and much more. They are becoming increasingly popular as people come to realize the cost savings of a teleseminar compared to an in-person presentation. This is especially true of businesses which have locations not only nationally, but internationally as well.
The cost savings in travel alone can more than cover the cost of the equipment and the service itself. One company has a conference call scheduled weekly between their Delaware office and their office in Dublin, Ireland. It would be economically unfeasible for everyone to get together in person to have a meeting on a weekly, or even monthly, basis.
As we look toward the future, teleconferencing will likely evolve into video conferencing. Videoconferencing is being done more and more widely, and it is likely to become commonplace, especially with so many people becoming interested in working at home or wanting less travel with their jobs.
All of this new technology is wonderful, in its place, but teleconferencing cannot and will not replace the in-person seminar or meeting. The telephone will never replace the personal contacts and relationships that are developed through people getting together as a group, nor should it. However, teleconferencing does provide a way to bring people together effectively and inexpensively, and it represents an opportunity for entrepreneurs.