This step involved bringing our 12 board members from around the country together visually for our monthly board meetings. I call this the “Hollywood Squares” approach to video conferencing. On each of our computer screens, we have a small, square shot of each board member at their desk participating in the call. Through video conferencing board meetings, we have increased our ability to draw everyone in to a conversation and keep folks engaged in discussions. It’s much harder to get distracted and check your emails when a dozen eyes are on you!
For me personally, video conferencing creates greater engagement and firmer bonds with folks. There is great value in being able to see folks’ body language and look them in the eye. Video conference adds a great dimension to dialogue and strengthens the connection between participants. I have a former colleague who always said, face-to-face is best. Now we can be face-to-face through computer-to-computer any time, any place.”