I was recently asked by a leading pharmaceutical company to help them with some internal training on a particular topic.
The company is a multinational and has employees across several time zones. The obvious question was “What would be the best way to reach them all?” We came up with a few ideas and then considered the pros and cons of each.
Videoconferencing was a possible solution -
The advantage is that it enables you to reach a large number of people simultaneously without any geographical limitations with the added possibility of audience interaction with the speaker. In addition, it does not involve a lot of expensive and time-
The downside, though, is that whatever time zone we were to run it would be ideal for a small group in , say, the European time zone, ridiculously late for others in Asian time zones and annoyingly early for those in some of the American time zones, whether north or south.
That does not mean that videoconferencing is necessarily a bad idea, or completely unsuitable, just that we could see that there would also be disadvantages.
We looked at running separate on-
The advantages are the personal connection between trainer and delegates and increased opportunities for interactions, but there are also downsides. For example, it is and expensive and very time consuming option when you consider the travelling costs and other overheads.