As they battle for the Oval Office, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are working on planes, trains and automobiles—and likely using virtual office technologies of one sort or another to keep up with a grueling schedule.
When Donald Trump gave the Wall Street Journal a tour of his office in the Trump Tower in Manhattan, he had all sorts of memorabilia stacked up on cabinets—and all sorts of folders stacked up on his desk. He even had the chair from The Apprentice in the corner. These days, however, he spends more time standing in front of a podium than he does sitting in a chair.
Trump has a view of New York city from his offices—but he’s getting a view of the fruited planes as he travels across the nation on the campaign trail. I imagine that Donald is making impromptu stops at meeting rooms, tapping into an online command center, leveraging unified messaging and more to run his business while simultaneously running his presidential campaign. If he’s not, he should be using virtual office technologies to drive greater productivity.
With her jam-packed schedule, Hillary could use a virtual office assistant or a live receptionist to field calls, book appointments, arrange gifts to be sent to loved ones, and more.. She could whip out the smartphone she’s so often seen toting in photographs and use a mobile GPS apps to find a meeting room space wherever she is stumping on any given day.
Hillary and Trump could get creative and hold a debate using virtual meetings technologies—making history in the process. Trump has already declined to show under the bright lights of the television media in the past. A virtual meeting would give him the ultimate control. He could just click a mouse and shut down the debate if he didn’t like it. Hillary could mute her line if she started coughing, skirting speculation that she has some strange illness.
If they want to keep up with the campaign news, Hillary and the Donald can download a variety of mobile apps on their phone. Hillary might especially enjoy the Trump Wall, a parody app about Donald Trump that emerged as a big hit. She’s probably also a fan of the #ImWithHer app that helps Clinton supporters connect and take daily grassroots action.
The point is, technology and alternative workspace—from virtual offices to live receptionists to meeting rooms to productivity apps—are a key part of the 2016 presidential election. And you can be sure that Trump and Clinton will leverage any advantage they can get in what looks to be a hard-hitting campaign on both sides.