Telecommuting During the COVID-19 Corona Virus – Part 4: Web and Phone Conferencing – Meeting Online

Telecommuting During the COVID-19 Corona Virus – Part 4: Web and Phone Conferencing – Meeting Online

Web and Phone Conferencing 

Online meeting and screen sharing is a huge market. There are a lot of options to choose from. It would be impossible to have an in-depth understanding of all of the options out there; we’ll focus on a couple that we know well: GoToMeeting and Skype.

GoToMeeting like many of the web meeting platforms has a free limited version and a paid version. The paid GoToMeeting monthly runs only $14 bucks, and allows up to 150 people to participate in the meeting (likely way more than you’ll need). The free GoToMeeting allows up to 3 participants and has a limit of 40 minutes for the meeting.

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To create an account simply go to and click the “Start for Free” button.fter you’ve created your account – sign in and you’ll see a screen that has information on how others can join your conference. You can copy that link and email, text, call or send on a messenger pigeon that link.

Start GoToMeeting

You can start your meeting, and once that’s going whomever has the link you provided will be able to join your meeting. You’ll be able to see each other, share your screen or specific application and do just about anything you would do in a face-to-face meeting. It’s fun and easy to use – and again free for up to 3 users, or the full version for people that have our phone systems.

GoToMeeting In Progress

Bonus points: Have a good webcam and microphone. We’ve all had that annoying experience of the person on the speakerphone with terrible echo that makes it difficult to understand what they’re saying. If you are doing a web conference, a good webcam will produce a nice crisp-clear picture. Sometimes they have a good mic that has noise-cancelation and other features, but it’s more likely to be a problem. If you are going to host a lot of meetings, having a headset with a mic might be best. I use the Logitech C920 which is about a $100 webcam. There are many good webcams out there; if you are going to be using it often, it is definitely worth it to spend a little money on it. I’d say nothing less than $50. You can also pickup a usb headset/mic combo for about $25-$30. Using this instead of your speakers and a webcam for audio eliminates annoying feedback and echo. You may need to tell whatever software you use, to send the audio and pickup the Mic from that device.


Skype Meet Now

Skype has a newer feature called “Meet Now”. For the first 60 days it allows 10 people to hold a conference with “meet now”. After that it’s $2 per user per month, or the free plan limits you to 3 people.

The “Meet Now” in skype allows you to share your screen and do things similar to GoToMeeting. After clicking "Meet Now" you'll be given a URL/Link that you can provide to others. They do NOT need to have skype installed in order to join/participate. 

You could also just do a skype group call allowing up to 50 people to video chat, however it doesn’t have all of the features of “meet now”. It does have screen sharing though, so that may be all you need.

You can download Skype here

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Web and Phone Conferencing