Last week, I was interviewed by Steve Tanner of California Executive Magazine for an article on the topic of participating in online events and teleseminars vs in-person events.
“I absolutely think it’s the wave of the future,” Hoechstetter says. “For businesses short on funds, it’s the way to go.”
You can read the whole article at http://www.cal-exec.com/GenContent.aspx?id=2300
I don’t really prefer online events the way the article says, because they do not offer the same networking and personal interaction opportunities as live events, or any of the exhibit halls that characterize some of the most important professional conferences,but they do definitely have the advantages mentioned, certainly for training or meeting purposes.
I do a lot of online training, both on my CAD/3D modelling program, Archicad (made by Graphisoft), and other topics. Most recently, I attended the three day Interior Design Summit to learn more about building and marketing my design practice from a long list of today’s top experts.
The great part is that online seminars and teleconferences are usually much less expensive than going somewhere in person – and you always have a front row seat, so visibility and sound quality is pretty much guaranteed, unlike at “meat life” conferences, where you may well get stuck in the back of a large room, right behind the tallest person in the place.
And let’s face it, it is simply easier to deal with handouts and taking notes at your own desk than trying to balance all of that plus your beverage and/or lunch on your lap in the average conference hall seat – and there are no hotels, parking, or travel involved. I’d hate to have all training and conferences done online, but it’s a huge convenience that enables me to attend many more events than I’d otherwise be able to, in a much more time-efficient, cost-effective manner.
Even though interior design is obviously a very visual field, nothing gets lost online vs in-person seminars because the technology is so capable of showing whatever the speaker would show to a live audience. Webinars are more conducive to learning about visual issues such as how to use a new CAD or rendering program, or sharing images, but topics such as marketing and other business matters can still be handled reasonably well just over the phone.
What are your thoughts about online trainings or demos, especially for interior design?