Business Conference Calls

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Coronavirus: How to work from home successfully

In the past few weeks, the outbreak of coronavirus has become an increasingly severe and tragic concern. NHS England has in the past few hours declared it a level four incident, which is the highest level in emergency planning. As a result, the government has encouraged people to work from home. With many being advised to self-isolate to reduce the spread of coronavirus, and people wanting to minimise contact and risk, remote working does seem like the sensible choice. But while remote working has certainly grown in popularity in recent years, it’s not familiar territory to all. If you want to find out about how you can maintain productivity when working from home, read on.

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Teleconferences cut traffic: Could we have avoided one of the worst nights on Manchester’s roads?

Reducing traffic is on most people’s agenda. Teleconferences cut traffic, so anyone who’s in favour of fewer cars on the roads should consider using them more. For some it’s about the impact of air pollution on health. There’s also the pressing concern of greenhouse gases accelerating climate change. With Extinction Rebellion hosting demonstrations, celebrities and royals lambasted for flying, and Greta Thunberg sailing across the Atlantic, we all know reducing transport – particularly in private vehicles – is a good idea. Many of us would also simply enjoy a shorter commute, or not planning our day around avoiding rush hour.

Last Wednesday 29th January has been described as one of the busiest nights of the year around Manchester, and people were advised to leave their cars at home. This might seem a little surprising. Not the Christmas rush? Not the day we all return to work and school, bleary of eye and slow of reaction, clogging up the roads as we crawl somewhat unwillingly back after those wonderful weeks off?

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Setting up a conference call in Outlook: It’s easier than you think!

Setting up a conference call in Outlook is a great skill to have. It can save you valuable time, and can help ensure neither you nor your attendees ever miss a teleconference. And don’t worry, you’re in luck. It’s so easy, even the word ‘skill’ might be a stretch. If you frequently use Outlook in your professional life, read on to find out how you can integrate your routine conference calls into your Outlook usage. You’ll be setting up a conference call in Outlook before you know it!

Before setting up a conference call in Outlook, set up a WHYPAY? account

If you’re already a WHYPAY? user, you can, of course, skip this step. But for those who might not yet have discovered how much free conference calls can benefit your business, you’ll need a few seconds to create your free WHYPAY? account. And yes, we really do mean seconds.

To get started, you can simply visit the WHYPAY? homepage and hit ‘Create a FREE Conference’. Or, even easier, click the button below.

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Setting up face-to-face meetings with a dial-in option

Lots of people are interested in setting up face to face meetings with a dial-in option. And we really aren’t surprised. Here at WHYPAY?, we know how wonderful team work is. There are plenty of worn-out clichés to back us up. ‘Two heads are better than one’, you know. And ‘the more the merrier’. Plus, ‘a problem shared is a problem halved’. Forget the one about the broth – ours is always top notch. That’s why we believe finding ways to bring brilliant minds together should be a top priority. When it comes to creating your dream team, you shouldn’t have to compromise.

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Teleconference Options: Find your perfect solution

By now, we all know how useful conference calls can be, and how they can benefit your business. Given how powerful this simple communications tool is, it’s extremely popular. Plus, as we all try to do our bit to protect the planet, cutting down on commutes is a growing priority.

There are now lots of different teleconference bridges to choose from. Trying to pick from a bunch of teleconference options can become a bit tricky. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by choice, answer the questions below to find which teleconference option is the best fit for you. For those who already know they want to use free conference calls, there are still lots of teleconference options. To get you started, you can look at our round-up of the best free conference call services in the UK.

 1. What is more important to you as you consider teleconference options:
a) reliability and accessibility, or b) sophisticated collaboration tools?

a) reliability and accessibility

Every teleconference is unique, and has its own set of needs. That’s why it’s so great that there are so many teleconference options! The features you’ll want will depend massively on the purpose of the call, and on its participants. If your call is for a simple debrief after an event, or a weekly update with your team, you might not need a lot of fancy tools. You might essentially just be talking, but all or some of your team want to work remotely.

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How to dial into a conference call using Skype

In short, it is possible to dial into a conference call using Skype. Your method will vary depending on whether or not everybody on the call uses Skype already. If they don’t, it’s a little trickier. But with Skype credits, you and your guests can still dial into a conference call using Skype!

At WHYPAY?, we know the versatility of conference calls. This is true in a few ways. One important aspect of teleconferencing’s adaptability is the many ways it’s accessible. That’s why a lot of people are curious about how to join a conference call on Skype. If you can access WHYPAY? teleconferences from a mobile or a landline, can you also dial in via Skype? After all, another component of teleconferencing’s versatility is the many alternative conference call providers out there. People want to find the path to teleconferencing that’s most convenient for them and their participants, and for some people, that means they want to dial into a conference call using Skype.

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Conference call number: Genuinely free & reliable options

When it comes to conference call numbers, there is lots of variety. We have the good fortune to be flooded with options in most areas of life, and telecommunications is no exception. There are loads of conference call providers, and different ways of hosting or joining teleconferences. Therefore, to simplify your decision, we try to gauge some of the best services available. Sometimes, it just takes a little nudge to even consider your options if your company has an established call conferencing technique. A lot of people don’t look at alternatives to PowWowNow, for example, because it’s always worked well enough. But trying other services can lead to benefits such as more desirable features, improved easy of use, or clearer connection quality when you’re taking part in a telephone conference.

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Custom branded conference calls for the ultimate first impression

Personalisation is the word of the moment. In all things, we are leaning into individualism. People are increasingly comfortable with, even encouraged to embrace, the things that make them unique. And in turn, they want the things they have to be unique. Likewise, as markets become saturated and competitive, protecting and promoting your company’s brand is imperative. One step in making a fabulous first impression and ensuring your brand isn’t diluted is to use branded conference calls.

Do first impressions matter?

It might be somewhat of a tired truism to say that you don’t get a second chance at a first impression. But that doesn’t make it any less vital – particularly for businesses. The fact is, first impressions are made in a matter of seconds, but they can have a seriously long-lasting impact. In fact, a Harvard study found that fleeting and silent first impressions moulded people’s permanent feelings.

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Will voice calls become obsolete?

The past couple of decades have seen more inventions than any age. Speed of development is constantly accelerating, as innovations and ideas build on each other. But this also means we abandon more technology more quickly. As the newest thing is unveiled, it often replaces what came before. Devices and techniques fall to the wayside. With the plethora of communication technology available, will voice calls become obsolete?

Is there cause for concern that voice calls will become obsolete?

Communications technology and fashion – more connected than you think

We all remember the tremendous boom of the Blackberry. In the noughties, it followed flip phones and spy-esque miniature laptops like the LG Vx9900 which fuelled the trend for QWERTY keyboards and helped secure Blackberry’s place as the *it* phone. Celebrities were constantly spotted with them. Even the President of the most powerful country in the world, Barack Obama, publically pledged his allegiance to Blackberry.

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How to set up a private conference bridge for less than you’d think

Many people want a private conference bridge for their companies. They know how many different uses there are for group phone calls, but they want to be able to access their teleconferences by calling their own unique dial-in number. For some, this sounds like an arduous endeavour. They might think it’s a complicated process to obtain their own private dial-in number. People might even assume a private conference bridge requires special technology, like a conference call phone. Actually, getting a private conference bridge is probably easier – and cheaper – than you think. WHYPAY? can sort you out!

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