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Flash: Do you use MindManager for Virtual Meetings?!!

If you do, I’d love to talk to you…FAST!! Financial Times is workng up an article on how technology either helps or totally debilitates online meetings. We’d like to pitch them stories about how our customers have better virtual meetings by using MindManager. So if you have a story to tell about this, please add a comment to this post or contact me directly at:

hobart.swan@mindjet.com or 415 229-4308.

Here is what the Financial Times is looking for:

Peter Whitehead, editor of FT Digital Business, wrote in the November 8 issue: “One great hope for saving the planet from ecological catastrophe is that technology will enable business people to travel less, reducing aircraft emissions and the number of towels and sheets washed by hotels. Meetings can be ‘virtual’, with teams collaborating via work rooms, instant messaging, video-conferencing, and the like. I recently saw Adobe demonstrate its latest online meetings software, for example, and it looked perfectly feasible. But a recent piece of research by occupational psychologists Pearn Kandola, carried out for Cisco Systems, suggests that computer-based communication is vastly inferior to face-to-face interaction between members of a team working together. The researchers found that virtual teams neglect the need to socialize to establish trust and understanding. With non-verbal cues accounting for 63 percent of meaning in face-to-face communication, the report says the main problems of virtual teams are an over-reliance on e-mail, a failure to respond to messages (‘virtual silence’), and inappropriate modes of communication.” The writer will examine this topic in depth and ask whether the solution is to get flying again or to get the technology to deliver a more all-encompassing package.