As the global business environment has become more and more mobile, so have conference calls. Growth and new technology in web and phone conferencing allow employees to conduct more work from home or on the road, from meetings to interviews to team collaboration. More people are dialing in from mobile phones than ever to join in on a meeting or event from virtually anywhere—truly everywhere, as we’ll find out. West Unified Communications Services conducted a fascinating survey of over 500 […]
As any business, you are likely always looking for ways to cut down on costs and make your business operations as inexpensive as possible in search of maximum profits. As a small business, self-employed person, or even an individual with personal needs for conference calling, you are even less likely to have the budget for expensive software. This is why many people search for “free conference calls” when they’re in the market for a conferencing service. And some companies do […]
A conference call can be done by anyone, but there are a few common mistakes made that can prevent you from having a successful call, on both the part of the host and the attendees. Here are some of the most common mistakes committed by conference call hosts and guests, as well as how to avoid and solve them! Mistake #1: Not having an agenda It may be tempting to be spontaneous with a conference call, especially if it’s a […]
By Teresa Meek In our age of connectivity, conference calls are more important than ever. They let whole teams of people who may never have the opportunity to meet in person come together. It can be a great exchange, but it can quickly go sour if you don’t observe some important business etiquette rules. Remember, though you may be sitting on a sofa at home or lounging at a Starbucks sipping a latte, you are still at a business meeting. Here are some […]
Recently, a member of our company drove back from a great evening of fun in DesMoines where Garrison Keillor and his Prairie Home Companion show had performed. She noticed a lot of cars swerving into her lane. Her first thought, “Is everybody drunk tonight?” And then she realized the culprit: drivers using their cell phones. The New York Times has an interesting article called High Tech Baby Sitter Gets Drivers Off Cell Phone that addresses this issue. Some companies have […]
When you do a video conference you may not be getting the full picture. This one you really do!
This YouTube video shows how and where to NOT join a conference call. Notice all the distractions; notice the lack of success. Watch it here. We've pointed this out many times in the past: a quiet private setting increases the likelihood for a successful, productive, conference call for you and the other callers. Or put another way: There's a ratio between the number of distractions in your setting for your conference call and the risk of its failure. It's a […]
This YouTube video, compliments of CourtTV and the Florida State Patrol, shows what happens when you're the host of an important conference call….and you're late…and you're caught speeding…on TV. As I'm watching the driver be pulled over, talk with the state trooper about her speeding, wait for him to print her ticket, etc, I noticed she has a cell phone… Cell phones are not ideal for use with conference calls. We don't encourage cell phone use on conference calls for […]
This is a true story. I know that because it's my story and my confession. I used a cell phone a few weeks ago on a conference call. It was a conference call with a customer, too. I happened to be driving through Michigan at the time of the call. It was important, too important to miss. So my wife took over driving and I dialed in. I may as well not attended. Here's why: The traffic noise with trucks […]
MightyLost shares a pretty funny sketch on conference calling titled Who's Afraid of a Conference Call? The Kathleen Turner character's excellent. Does she remind you of a guest participant or a host on a conference call you've been forced to endure? Share the story in the comments section here.