Many of us remember the days when meeting room technology was simply an overhead projector displaying transparent sheets of text and pictures. What a far cry from today’s technology, enabling meeting participants to manage a baffling variety of content sources and devices.
The Analog Meeting
Some of us can remember the glory days when a meeting presenter would walk to the front of the room, grab a piece of chalk or marker, and proceed to make unintelligible scribbles that would have contained vast wisdom had we been able to decipher them. In those days of the Analog Meeting, the tools of the trade were simple: chalkboards, flip charts, overhead projectors and whiteboards among the most popular. Preparing for a presentation frequently meant printing and handing out a packet of documents and then realizing that you had left out something important.
The Digital Meeting
The arrival of the laptop computer in the 1990’s ushered in a new era of collaboration. The mainstay of the conference room during this period was the combination of a laptop, a projector, and a deck of PowerPoint slides. Again, many of us have fond memories of this combination, and of enduring such frustrations as not being able to get the image to focus, not knowing the function key combination to transfer the image from the laptop to the projector, and trying to recover from the sudden burnout of the projector’s bulb.
The Multimedia Meeting
Over the many years of delivering PowerPoint presentations via a laptop and projector, meeting presenters and attendees increasingly wanted to leverage more types of content: a clip from a DVD, real-time stock reports, and broadcast audio and video files from the corporate network. Meetings were evolving beyond PowerPoint and into a new age where content was rich and diverse.
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