I was thinking about ways businesses might consider to cut costs. One that struck me which would save money and time is having online meetings if you have staff scattered all over the place. I've worked for companies where managers had to come from one end of the country to attend a meeting at the other, hundreds and hundreds of miles away. They would arrive the night before and then have another overnight stay in a hotel before having to drive back. All for what amounted to perhaps three hours maximum actual meeting time. Do you think it would be a more effective use of resources to hold online meetings? It would reduce travel expenses at the very least and is obviously a far better use of their time when it removes all those hours on the road. But are the meetings themselves as effective when you use this medium, I wonder. The one thing I think you'd miss out on is what's going unsaid. I'm really interested in reading body language. Often what the tongue says isn't what the body language is telling me. Without actually being physically in the same room, I don't think you'd be able to pick up on nuances like that. That said, I've never taken part in one and would be interested to hear any experiences with this or thoughts on it. Hypothetically speaking, would you be willing to do so if you were asked to participate in one instead of attend a far away meeting place or would you rather be there in the flesh?