Skype (and other similar video-call applications) can be an ideal substitute for in-person meetings, especially if those meetings would otherwise require long-distance travel:
No more invasive airport security checks, sluggish car rental counters, or exhausting time zone changes. Hosting a virtual meeting shows that you value your time, your money and your sanity.
The newly appointed chairman of NAHB Remodelers, Dan Bawden, has thoroughly considered those benefits as he aims to interact with as many local remodelers councils as possible during his one-year term. Knowing that it would be impossible to visit each of the nearly 100 local remodelers councils nationwide, he considers Skype his No. 1 cost-and-time-efficient solution.
“Using technology is a great way to meet with members from all across the country,” Bawden says. “Skype is free and virtual meetings are an easy way to provide specialized support to local councils.”
Bawden’s first Skype meeting this year was with the Southern Arizona Home Builders Association’s (SAHBA) Remodelers Council. His focus during the video chat was twofold: Provide members with tips on improving their businesses and discuss specific ways they can make council meetings more impactful.
“It was a great opportunity for us to [meet with] someone who’s in a leadership position talk about how NAHB can help [our members’] businesses,” said David Godlewski, President of the SAHBA Remodelers Council. “Dan’s blend of humor and substance was perfect for connecting with our members.”
During the meeting, Bawden highlighted some of the key benefits all members can receive, but many aren’t aware of, such as getting legal counsel for their business, joining a Remodeler 20 Club and earning professional designations. Remodelers who have earned such designations as Certified Aging-in Place (CAPS) and Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) have consistently increased their profits, business skills and market credibility.
To improve council meetings, Bawden suggested focusing on having thoughtful and interesting speakers attend, offering a variety of door prizes, and creating greeter or ambassador programs to aid in member recruitment and retention.
If you’d like Bawden to attend an upcoming meeting with your local remodelers council, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.