April 29, 2013

Conducting Business Using Google Hangouts

[Post, Podcast, Video] Google hangouts have been an invaluable resource for my business. I typically use them to provide client consultations, mentoring, workshops, and virtual meetings.

As a solopreneur, I gauge my efforts not only by the return on investment (ROI) but also by the return on time (ROT). This means that productivity planning is a big part of how I manage the administration and operational aspects of Rachael Alford Consulting Services .

Recently, I hosted a Google hangout on-air (Hangout about Hangouts; see below) with +Anetra Henry Hunting of the Hunting Group (http://www.anetrahenryhunting.com). I shared tips and techniques for providing  agenda and SWOT analysis templates using the productivity application +Symphonical integrated with the +Hangout Lower Third. Anetra Henry Hunting discussed suggested best practices and techniques for conducting on-air hangouts.

Even though the instructional on-air hangout was 1 hour and 15 minutes, I did not delve into setting up Symphonical templates for business consultations. I continued the conversation in the second episode of Solutions for Success with Rachael.

In the podcast, Virtual Business Consulting Using Google Hangouts,  I discuss how using Google Hangouts to conduct virtual business consultations are beneficial for both the potential client and the consultant. I also discuss how using Symphonical during virtual business consultations boosts consultant productivity as well as increases sales. LISTEN NOW

You will need to queue the following walls before you watch this video:

Demo Wall: Hangout Agenda
Demo Wall: SWOT Analysis
Hangout about Hangouts with Rachael Alford & Anetra Henry Hunting

Additional resources for preparing to host and marketing a hangout on air can be found in segment 4.

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