Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Face-to-face tools to help speakers

These days, your "face time" may still put a computer screen between you and your audience--but whether you're meeting in person or on the Web, check out these tools and helps for your next face off:
  • Web conferencing gets even easier:  Lifehacker's post on the 5 best web-based conferencing tools includes WebEx, TinyChat, GoToMeeting, Dimdim and Adobe ConnectNow; readers ranked WebEx highest.
  • Want to practice a presentation with a pal?  Now you can use video chat in Gmail--which adds tools to make it easy to get the video program you both will need.
  • Negotiating an important issue?  The Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (I'm a proud alum) offers a clearinghouse where you can purchase case studies to help you prepare for a wide range of negotiations.  Here's a description of one on salvaging a contract deal.  You can use these to rehearse your negotiation skills with others, before you go face-to-face for the real thing.