If you've never wondered about helping your small groups meet online...you might have just turned that corner.
With more COVID-19 news every minute, you might find information about helping your small group meet online. And you really might want to do a little bit of research to familiarize yourself with available options and ideas.
Here's what I know:
Small Group Network has had many questions about online small groups (and provided many great answers). You can see the whole post thread right here.
Set up a Facebook group. This allows your group to communicate easily and post a link/invite to the online platform you plan to use. For example, if your online meeting is on Zoom you'd post a link that leads right into the video call.
There are a few online platforms that make it easy (and affordable) for groups to meet online.
- Zoom offers an easy to use platform that will enable you to send an invite to your group members and host a meeting in minutes. The free version has some constraints, but it is worth looking at. You can find out more right here.
- Skype is a very popular service that makes organizing an online meeting easy. Like Zoom, it is easy to launch a meeting in minutes.
- Google Hangouts a free browser based option.
- Go To Meeting is another option that makes it easy to get started.
- Here's a list of the "best web conferencing" programs.
This is just some of the information available about launching online small groups. There's a whole world out there, but this will get you started.
My recommendation? Just try it out yourself! I use Zoom every week and it's easy to use. Watch the Jay Kranda online course. There's a ton of info and it's free.
The key? Don't sleep on the potential of online small groups!