Food For Thought

by Abigail Solazzo
We hope you are well and safe during these unprecedented times. The current situation we are facing has introduced new challenges including staying connected with loved ones and friends, as well as fellow members. Some chapters are exploring the possibility of holding virtual meetings as a means to provide CE and networking opportunities. Below are a few options chapters can explore for their virtual meeting and networking needs. 

Zoom – Zoom is an online video/audio platform where participants can see each other live, face to face. Members can also view live webinars as an audience member as well as recorded programs when it is more convenient for them. Zoom offers a variety of plans that fit into all budgets. 

Houseparty – Houseparty is a free app that lets multiple users video chat together at one time. This is a great tool for networking, quick meetings, or mentor-mentee coaching sessions. – This website allows you to conduct conference calls (audio only) with up to 1,000 callers and 6 hours of call time. Speakers are also able to share their screens, allowing them to present virtually as well as record their program for later use. 

Google Hangouts – Google Hangouts is another video/audio platform. Like Zoom, users can conduct meetings live, face to face. This feature is free for those with Google e-mail accounts. Time of calls is unlimited and the platform is available via mobile or desktop. 

Now more than ever it's important to keep in touch with members, even if it's a brief chat about the challenges you are currently facing or the last great book you read. Reach out to your members and stay connected!