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The ultimate guide to effective note-taking on a conference call

Conference calls are an excellent way to work and collaborate with others remotely, whether you are two businesses collaborating on opposite sides of the world or one fully remote team looking to stay connected. There’s no doubt conference calls are a must-have tool for many businesses today, but the key to any great conference call is effective note-taking.

Learn how to take notes during a phone call (or a video conference) with our guide.

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Guidance for charities during coronavirus

Around the world, people are seeking guidance for charities during coronavirus. The season of goodwill stops for nothing, not even a global pandemic. Of course, COVID-19 has posed some significant challenges to charities not just in the UK but across the world. Collaboration isn’t so easy anymore, and there have been obstacles at every corner. 

However, there are solutions. Fundraising during COVID-19 can be achieved through our conference call services, which enable you to fully communicate without needing to be in the same room. Plus, we have a completely free plan. Here’s how it works.

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10 ways to avoid working from home distractions

Many people are currently combating working from home distractions. Of course, working from home can be a godsend for parents looking to spend more time with the family, those with extremely long commutes or even people who simply work better in their own space. Gone are the times when people believed it essential to be in an office setting to get work done. 

However, worker productivity when at home is still under scrutiny, and not all employers are convinced that it’s a positive thing. One contributing factor may be those pesky working from home distractions which affect the best of us. Instead of pushing through in a chaotic work environment, read on to learn a few tips and tricks on how to create a feng shui zone for your distraction-free home office.

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How to create the perfect work from home setup for the long-term

Creating the perfect work from home setup is on many of our minds. Since we first covered working from home successfully during COVID-19, even more businesses have made the switch to long-term or permanent remote working. From technology giants to local consultancy firms, working from home has become the new norm for many businesses across the UK. 

Creating a healthy work from home environment is one of the most important factors to consider when making the switch to a home office. While your desk setup is important, what’s going on around you is equally as important. Follow these tips to create the perfect work from home environment.

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What’s the best time for a conference call?

No doubt you’ve frequently wondered about the best time for a conference call. It isn’t exactly clear-cut. While some of us are more productive in the mornings, there are others who, fuelled by the lunchtime break, get to the bottom of their to-do lists in the afternoon. Whichever group you belong to, scheduling in conference calls is the perfect way for you to find a balance for your team and enable communication and collaboration. But to find the best time for your conference calls, you’ll want to read on.

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Conference call interview tips for success

Preparing for a conference call interview is an increasingly important skill. Of course, this is truer than ever in the post-coronavirus job market. And with so many people now seeking work, many of us are looking for guidance and the best ways to stand out and make a good impression during telephone job interviews.

But even before the pandemic, many employers have come around to the idea of holding telephone interviews. There are so many benefits, from saving them time to cutting back on our cumulative carbon footprint. It can also make the whole ordeal less stressful for everybody, from the person being interviewed to the interviewer. Particularly for the first round, the conference call interview is becoming a really popular practice. Even many recruitment agencies themselves are turning to conference calls for job interviews.

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The best free conference call services – for UK participants

Do free conference calls mean scrimping with tin cans and pieces of string? Or are there high quality, reliable options (that are genuinely free to use)?

This post examines the best free conference call services for UK participants.

Truly free conference calls

Over the last few years, many supposedly free conference call services have appeared in the UK. They can market themselves as ‘free’ because they offer a simple call-in service where no payment details are taken from the conference organiser, and participants only pay for the cost of their phone call.

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Board meetings via teleconference: How to go virtual

You might be wondering how to hold a teleconference board meeting and whether it’s even appropriate to do so.

Can board meetings be held through teleconferencing?

In short, yes, but each business has specific needs and appropriate means of communication.

Participants need to feel comfortable and be on board (excuse the pun!) with the idea of holding meetings remotely. This might require some board members to adapt, but embracing virtual board meetings can add real value and improve productivity. Here’s how to do it right…

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How to set up a one time conference call: keeping it simple

Setting up a one time conference call should be quick, easy and free. Maybe you’re responding to an unexpected turn of events. Maybe you need to conduct a telephone interview, but want to respect social distancing. There are lots of reasons why you might want a one off conference call. And if you do, there are probably a few different criteria you want from your conference call provider. To help you on your search, we’ll tackle some of the main points to look for:

  1. Avoiding subscriptions
  2. Prioritising security
  3. Easy set-up
  4. Ease of use
  5. Free one time conference calls
  6. Free teleconference dial-in
  7. On demand conference calls

You get all of these in one simple package by signing up to a free WHYPAY? account! Try it out for free right now by clicking here:

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Want to video call or screen share? Try out Call.Group Beta today!

Now more than ever before, we are all looking for the best ways to stay connected. The coronavirus pandemic has meant an unprecedented amount of people are working remotely full time. It’s also created new challenges for teachers and students. Charities and religious organisations, too, have been getting creative and technological in a bid to keep providing guidance and support to their communities. And across the board, all of us need to maintain human connection. Loneliness is a dangerous state for our mental and physical health. Here at WHYPAY?, we’re proud and thrilled that conference calling has helped in all of these areas and many, many more as people continue to self-isolate. And to make communication as accessible as possible, we also waived Plus subscription charges up until July.

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