Not sure if place to ask; please advise either where i might ask or how else I might ask if not.

Just some idea I had: is it prudent in anyway to have some sort of 'meetings' done in a series of short recordings by which I mean:

Nestor asks question on voice record then sends to Neal.

Neal plays record then plays again if need be. Neal then responds on record.


If so what are some advantages disadvantages?

I was thinking that this saves time in having to repeat questions or answers. I'm not sure voice recording an entire meeting is helpful since it doesn't quite address the issue of having to repeat questions or answers during the meeting.

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    This sounds like it would take up more time than a simple face to face meeting. – Andieisme Apr 29 '17 at 18:19
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    Would you do this as a substitute for synchronous meetings, for phone calls, for email, something else? – Monica Cellio May 2 '17 at 2:32
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    @BCLC unless you are meeting with people half way across the country a simple face to face meeting is no big deal. If in person meetings are really THAT difficult then try Skype or a conference call. I would much rather be able to ask and answer questions immediately than have to record something, send it off and wait for a response. That is incredibly inefficient. – Andieisme May 2 '17 at 15:33
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    @BCLC - what about the person giving the response? Are there language barriers? Other communication road blocks that are really THAT difficult to overcome with a simple face to face? Does the other person have anxiety in groups of people, large or small? Having business meeting is normal and not unexpected or unusual. I'm really having trouble understanding WHY this complicated process of recording questions, answers and sending back and forth is considered "better". – Andieisme May 4 '17 at 20:10
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    @BCLC - I'd like to believe that everyone has their heart in the right place. – Andieisme Jul 25 '17 at 15:46

Short answer: There is no benefit of this over a phone call or email/chat.

I can't see any tangible benefit of this over a phone call or using email or chat. If you need something to be repeated on a phone call, ask. I don't think anyone will jump up and down if you say, "Can you please say that again? I didn't quite catch it."

The other advantage of a phone call is the instant feedback in case you require more information, not a delayed response that may take a long time to respond. An email would probably be easier for them anyway.

It sounds like using email is the best option here for you anyway. Email gives you the ability to read back at your leisure, and probably considerably faster than listening to a recording. If you need an instant response, call.

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    Comments are not for extended discussion; this conversation has been moved to chat. – Monica Cellio May 2 '17 at 2:35
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    'instant feedback'. yup. this. @Andieisme Pondered further and am now Confession Kid. I guess repeating questions or answers doesn't take up as much time as I thought it would, and misunderstandings in e-mails would take up as much time as they would in voice e-mails. I'd like to believe my heart was in the right place. – BCLC Jul 21 '17 at 7:20

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