Corbin's November 2001 TechTalk Newsletter
As the world and our industry
addresses the tragic events of September 11th, we are facing a new
world. Technology is a two-edged sword that can both heal and hurt.
It is my hope that we can use
it to bring the world closer together in increase understanding among cultures
and to work towards Marshall McLuhan’s global community.
There issue is packed with
articles, links and info.
The lead article will address
some of the emerging options for virtual meetings. Hope you find it useful.
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Bill L. Johnson, CSP (www.billjohnson.com): Speeches and Seminars, Wireless microphones, Multi-media projectors, Digital Recorders, Stealth (invisible) and Headset microphones
Remember the classic scene in
“StarWars” where the robot R2D2 projected the shimmering small holographic
image of Princess Lea pleading for Obi-Wan’s help to save the world?
Now, instead, imagine the
princess in life size, in full color, and higher resolution sitting across the
table from you, eye-to-eye, interacting with you. This is where
videoconferencing is going
And the StarTrek “Holodeck”
is not too far behind!
This article covers a range of
technologies that will change the face of virtual meetings as we know them.
The new millennium is here. You
have voice mail, e-mail, pagers, cell phones, fax machines, one or more
computers, a personal handheld thingy-do, maybe even more stuff. Now to the
question, are you really more efficient? Are you managing and using your
technology? Or is it becoming more of a drain on your time, energy and budget?
This article is written by my
friends from Alliance LLC, Robin Craven and Lynn Johnson Golabowski, and it
gives five practical and useful steps to combat information overload.
Meeting Planning Software Survey Winners
And the winners for last issue's
meeting industry software survey are . . . . .
Look for parts of the results
in future editions of this newsletter.
Yes, I know that this site has
been around a long time. Not only does it provide maps and turn-by-turn driving
directions to any place in the U.S. and other countries, as well, a new feature
is aerial photos of the same address.
The recently updated,
high-resolution photos, for example, of Southern Manhattan and the Pentagon are
Another example: individual
cars can be seen on San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.
The Bruno Group www.brunogroup.com/pubs.html
This is an excellent example of
how a meeting planning firm, or any organization for that matter, should provide
helpful content at their site. Dozens of articles are included focusing on
primarily international meeting planning.
This site is packed with
articles and news regarding the hotel and hospitality industry.
Las Vegas Convention and
Visitors Authority www.lasvegas24hours.com
This site has had a spotty
history. It went from being one of my favorite CVB sites, to one of my least
favorites with their previous design. I am happy to report that they have once
again offered a new design that is easy to navigate and has lots of content.
Looking at the
“super-tanker” CVB sites, by the sheer nature of their volume, can give the
smaller CVB sites ideas of how to automate their process.
I like the intuitive
navigation, the translation feature, the highly visible meeting planners link on
the home page, the text links at the bottom for older browsers, and many other
parts of this site.
I am reluctant to say it, but
this air ticket booking meta site (a consortium of many of the major airlines)
does it’s job well in often finding the lowest fare of the 2 Billion different
airfares offered internationally.
My reluctance comes from the
likelihood that it will reduce the competition from the other air booking sites
and claims of bias from airlines outside the consortium.
The site is far from perfect.
The user interface could be better and, at times, you can still find lower fares
on the other sites or with the airline sites directly. Still, it has become my
first stop in research online air fares for my travels.
Aleena – World Wide Media
For you news buffs, this site
lists over 5500 Links to newspapers, radio and TV-Stations in 174 countries.
UPDATED ARTICLE: 16 Most Frequently Asked
What are your burning
technology questions? Listed below in this newly updated article are the most
common general Web questions I received when speaking to groups around the
world. Maybe yours will be included!
NEW ARTICLE: 6 Ways to Increase Tradeshow Productivity and Profits Using the Web
This article, written by
Michael Hatch, of a2z Inc, outlines six ways to save time and money using the
Web for exhibition management.
CURRENT SPEAKING CALENDAR: www.corbinball.com/presentations.calendar.htm
speaking and consulting travel schedule for November and December will bring me
to: Cancun, Milwaukee, Los Angeles, Maui (Meeting Visions 2001), Cleveland and
tentatively to London.
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