Is video conferencing the answer to lawyers juggling the needs of several clients and multiple meetings?
You have several cases to deal with today and they are all in different locations. Time, as always, is of the essence. You could possibly defer a meeting or delegate someone else to attend. Maybe the other party would consider travelling to your office?
An alternative solution is video conferencing.
Just think if you went by car from Exeter to Bristol for example, it’s 84 miles and would take 1.5 hours each way. You will need to find a parking space. You will have to walk to the third party’s office. It would cost at least £40 in fuel and wear and tear plus £6 for parking plus a third of your working day would be spent travelling.
Also, when travelling, you can never be sure that your journey will take the time you planned. Just one accident or set of new roadworks can cause significant delays and multiply your frustration at having to reconvene.
Video conferencing has dramatically improved the way professionals communicate and interact with each other especially when it involves highly sensitive personal issues. Some firms have been using Skype but this is not built for business purposes and picture and sound quality and privacy can be compromised.
With a video conference call, you could make all your meetings on the same day and eliminate the cost and time of travel. With today’s ability to broadcast in HD, you can easily read the body language of all those present, meaning you can still assess how the room is interpreting and responding to the information being discussed.
Now that is a good meeting.