If you have a Google+ account, you’ve probably seen the option on the right hand side of your home page to “Start a Hangout.”If you haven’t had the chance to try this tool yet, we recommend doing so – it’s easy to use and has a lot of cool features that make it great for personal and professional use.
Hangouts is a live video chat tool, described on Google’s blog this way:
“With Hangouts, spontaneity hits the web. Whether you’re home in your pajamas or hitting the streets with your mobile phone, video hangouts let you bring up to 9 people into your world. It’s the next best thing to everyone being there.”
Each person invited will be able to share their screen with the group, and there is even an option to record calls for video training, webinars, or to brief an employee who could not attend the hangout meeting. To begin a new hangout, click ‘Start a hangout.’ You may be asked to install a plug-in, which ensures your software is compatible with Google’s Hangout feature.
A window will pop up asking you to select who you want to invite to hang out with you, and then a little message will say “check your hair and make sure your mic works.” After you make sure you look camera-ready, click ‘hang out,’ and start connecting with your friends
If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also select ‘Try hangouts with extras,’ which will allow you to share Google Docs (Word documents, Excel Sheets, Notes) with other members of your hangout.
And just remember – If the Dalai Lama can do it, so can you!