If not, don’t worry! You are not alone. Almost everyone hates them, and for good reasons.
Since the pandemic fully hit in 2020, the world switched to remote work. Online meetings blew up, with now over 300M daily meeting participants around the globe.
Nobody was prepared for this shift. The available tech wasn’t good enough, so new problems popped up.
These new problems look superficial to some, but they are real and truly, truly annoying. Even the most focused, hard-working marketer, sales pro or customer success team feels energy-drained at the end of online meetings.
If you too feel like that, keep reading. You will understand why these problems happen and how to solve them.
The Problem With Online Meetings
If you’ve been in more than, let’s say, 5 virtual meetings, chances are you probably had troubles at some point.
Troubles like endless searching for files or tools, people who struggled to join, or maybe being afraid of sharing the wrong stuff.
And you probably did (and do) your best to make it work. Yet, in the end, most online meetings seem useless…
…potential customers don’t answer after sales pitches or product demos.
…existing customers get bored at webinars.
…user research, training & customer onboarding don't work out as they should.
But it’s not your fault.
The truth is, it’s nobody’s fault. People do mess up sometimes, but the real problem is deeper than that.
Imagine the first car ever made.
Think about how fast it was going!
(Psst… 10 km/h)
Do you think that back in the days, drivers were bad drivers for not reaching places fast enough?
Think about how many of today’s features were missing.
(Some really important ones: airbags & seat belts)
Were they bad drivers for not using “soft skills” to survive a car crash?
Of course not! They did what they could, using the available tech.
Cars are now faster, cozier & safer than ever. The gear got better, so driving became a more pleasant experience.
See, the same applies to virtual meetings. Zoom, Google Meet, Teams or other “vehicles” are not up to today’s “roads”.
They work, but don’t offer the smooth, structured, pleasant experience of a new car, neither for you nor your “passengers”.
There needs to be a better car, a better product for online meetings.
One that allows customer-facing pros to reach any destination & goal, whether it’s more leads, engaging events or boosted customer retention.
Lo’ and behold, 2 Romanian men already made one!
Sessions— a platform for software companies — seems to be the antidote to dreadful meetings. The founders analyzed those meetings, found the problems & put all solutions in this product.
It literally turns meetings into sessions that are complete, productive & less tiring.
So, let’s see how you too can upgrade your old car and go from meetings ➝ sessions.
How To Sessions Your Way To Success
There are 2 main things you should care about Sessions: its UI (User Interface) & meeting integrity.
Beginner friendly UI: this means you can hold a successful session for the first time without wondering which button to click.
Meeting integrity: this means Sessions takes care of every meeting aspect, start to finish, in one single place:
Booking & inviting
Live session & collaboration
So, right off the bat, all that’s needed for successful sessions is at hand.
Let’s dive deeper into how Sessions handles sessions:
1. Booking & inviting
Calendly, Doodle, Luma and others were probably helpful. But you can forget about them. Sessions has its own automated booking system that does the job for you:
Planning a session ➝ automated email to participants ➝ bye-bye manually emailing people
If it’s an instant session, all they need is the link or QR code. They can join without an account, so no more onboarding issues.
This is one of Sessions’ strong points.
You can rely less on soft skills & more on its system. Actually, if done properly, you’re as close as you can get to hands-free sessions.
And your best partner is Sessions’ Agenda. It basically keeps every single live session on track. Participants see it at all times (if they want to), so they know what to expect.
Overall, agendas reduce meeting time by 80%. With all its functionalities, Sessions’ Agenda definitely saves more time.
And you want to save even more time?
Good! Use agendas as templates.
Of course, a product demo agenda for product demo sessions, training agenda for training sessions, so on and so forth.
You might make adjustments here and there, but most work is done.
And now, time for the fun part!
3. Live session & collaboration
How many tools (like Miro, Canva, Google stack) do you use in your meetings?
How agitated you get when jumping between them?
Well, Sessions got you covered here too! It has 19+ integrated tools, which means you won’t have to juggle them anymore! (nor share your screen)
Also, your team can collaborate together, in real-time, on the same project, within Sessions, all under your eyes. How crazy is that?
Be rest assured, these are also automated.
Everything added in Takeaways (session’s files, resources, etc.) is emailed to everyone,
personal notes are emailed correspondingly after the session ends.
As you can see, the hands-free experience happens before, during & after the live session. That’s more time for you to grab a coffee and get comfy for the next session.
Got any recordings or resources that might come in handy later?
Well, surprise surprise, they’re also automatically stored in Sessions’ Memory!
You’ll find your sessions’ statistics there too, like the average number of participants or duration accuracy (planned duration vs actual duration).
So, what now?
Sessions keeps growing to match customer-facing pros’ challenges. In the future, holding a session on Sessions might just be like googling something on Google.
But, for now, reading can only get you so far. So visit Sessions and use it for free!