We Have to Start Meeting Like This: The Power of Virtual Conferencing

In the recent PI Window on Business broadcast “The Psychology of Social Networking” we asked the question, is L.J. Hanifan’s 1916 definition regarding social networking a reflection of its true intent that is best achieved or realized through a face-to-face interaction, or does our current technology driven mediums, while lacking in the realm of up front and personal contact, deliver greater business and social value to what has become a global community?

It was a very interesting 60 minutes to be certain.  And while the guidelines for building an on-line network of quality contacts and relationships certainly exists in this new world of digitized interaction, I do not believe that anyone would or even could dispute the sustaining value of an up front and personal “interface” with one’s clients or fellow professionals.

That said the reality of a tough economy and the resulting budgetary adjustments that have led to either scaled down events or outright cancellations is still a factor.  However, and despite current economic conditions, conferences and seminars will continue to play an important role in the way we meet,  share ideas and ultimately form long lasting, mutually beneficial relationships.

In today’s segment I am pleased to welcome Whistletree founder Ed McKee to discuss the rapidly expanding playing field of virtual conferencing providers.

Here is the video “that say’s a lot without saying a word!”

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About Ed McKee:

Ed McKee started developing Whistletree.com on his childrens’ Mac Mini computer.  Now the team-based communication tools service has evolved to offer conferencing, Webinar and podcasting for small businesses and direct selling professionals at little or no cost.

In his junior year at UNL, two years before the dot.com revolution, McKee started working at his father’s software company, Interact.  He had no previous computer experience, but was intrigued by this up-and-coming industry and learned on his own as well as from others.

McKee designed a real-time billing system for O2, a cell phone provider in England that serves 20 million subscribers.  Due to the features provided in the billing platform, O2 went from the No. 3 cell phone carrier to the No. 1 carrier in the country.

In his 15 years with Interact, McKee designed, built, sold and installed software on every continent except Antartica – in countries from South Africa and Columbia to Turkey and Japan.  He has worked with some of the top computer engineers in the world and with such companies as HP and Motorola.

Outside of his work as primary developer, designer and principal at Whistletree.com, McKee teaches for Junior Achievement.  He co-founded the Lighthouse Charity Golf Tournament and with the launch of the Webinar product, Whistletree will donate a percentage of every transaction from the Web site to the Susan G. Komen Breats Cancer Foundation.

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