Business Conference Calls

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How to avoid productivity-killer scenarios in meetings

Whether they are something we find enjoyable or not, meetings are an inevitable aspect of life in the business world. Thankfully, if meetings are run properly, we can come away from them feeling extremely positive and productive as they can help us collaborate as a team, save time and money and generate innovative ideas. Unfortunately however, not every business meeting accomplishes these outcomes.

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Carmen JamesHow to avoid productivity-killer scenarios in meetings
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Why do some people think they can’t work remotely?

These days, it is easier than ever to get work done far from an uncomfortable office chair, labelled stapler or communal kitchen. Thanks to new technologies like Virtual Reality, as well as less recent developments like the humble telephone, we can stay in touch and on the ball pretty much around the clock, from anywhere in the world.

And yet, a lot of people continue to face the daily slog into work every single weekday morning. In fact, according to the Office of National Statistics, the amount of people who commute into an office every day comprises a huge majority of the country’s professionals, with the figure coming in at around 86%.

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Gabi JamesWhy do some people think they can’t work remotely?
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Planning the perfect conference call

Conference calls are becoming a far more common occurrence for businesses today, with many executive members of staff taking part in at least one call a day. These calls can prove difficult for assistants to organise – participants are in different locations and people can accidentally dial a different number or forget the pin for the call. However arranging conference calls need not be a stressful experience, below are a few tips on how organisation can ensure the meeting runs smoothly.

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Carmen JamesPlanning the perfect conference call
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Cloud contact centres

Cloud contact centres allow you to save time and money on finding the people and technology required for a call centre. Instead, your contact centre is cloud-based, meaning that people from anywhere in the world can be answering your calls at any given time, without them having to be in your office. Instead of building up your own contact centre, you can focus on your core business.

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Carmen JamesCloud contact centres
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What’s the best time for marketing calls?

Telemarketing can be an extremely efficient way to increase sales, but it is a method that comes with a whole host of its own, specific challenges. Unlike with things like print ads, generally emails, and even text messages, timing is absolutely crucial. With other techniques, people can come to your content as and when they are looking for it: when they open a newspaper, switch on the TV or the radio, scroll through their Twitter feeds, or check their phones. But when you’re placing a phone call, you have to have some level of confidence that there will be somebody at the other end of the line with the ability, willingness, and time to answer the phone and have a conversation at that moment. Telemarketing also comes with its own laws, and businesses who choose to ignore or flout these regulations put themselves at risk of incurring fines of £500,000 from Ofcom and the Information Commissioner’s Office, telemarketing’s regulating bodies. Make sure you know the telemarketing rules, and avoid fines.

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Gabi JamesWhat’s the best time for marketing calls?
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One woman’s quest for a healthy work / life balance and how it could impact you

Everybody in the working world is constantly walking a tight-rope, teetering between leaning too far into their personal life and getting entirely sucked in to your work. Nobody wants to neglect the people and things that they love, but we are also desperate not to sacrifice professional efficiency and performance – in part to even be able to support the people and things we love.

People have different ways of ensuring they are striking this balance in the best way possible. Some carve out particular days on which they shut down all work communication, others have rules about how many extra hours they’ll spend in the office each week, or have morning rituals with their friends or family before dedicating their day to work.

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Gabi JamesOne woman’s quest for a healthy work / life balance and how it could impact you
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Brand new microprocessors released for data centres

Intel Corp has this month made an announcement revealing that it will be entering into a form of battle with AMD (Advanced Micro Devices) and other big companies which are capitalising on the demand for microchips which can be used for cloud computing.

Intel’s microprocessor is set to be called the Xeon Scalable Processor chip, and according to its creators, is set apart from its existing counterparts. Navel Rao, the VP of Intel’s artificial intelligence branch, has reportedly informed that it Intel’s microprocessor will provide users with more support for the ways that computing is expected to be implemented in the near relatively near future, including artificial intelligence and cars which do not require a driver.

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Gabi JamesBrand new microprocessors released for data centres
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How screen sharing could improve your conference calls

Screen sharing can be an extremely powerful tool for businesses as it provides the option of hosting online meetings with clients or business associates remotely.

This can not only save time for those involved but also significantly reduce travel costs, allowing companies to set up meetings at the push of a button with participants across the globe.

 

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Carmen JamesHow screen sharing could improve your conference calls
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Common conference call mistakes to avoid

Conference calls remain one of the most popular and most powerful communication tools available, and their place as a staple part of most businesses’ coherence and communication has been largely unchallenged. A big part of this is doubtless the ease of accessibility which they provide. You don’t need WiFi, you don’t need a camera or any other specialist technology, you don’t need to be in any specific location – all you need is a telephone, be it landline or handheld.

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Gabi JamesCommon conference call mistakes to avoid
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Can remote working really work?

Recently, we have all heard – with varying levels of excitement – about the possibility of remote working. This means the opportunity for people to carry out certain parts of their work, or a particular set of hours, or even all of their job, away from an office. That means people can work from home, from coffee shops, from hot desks, or even from across the globe.

How can that really be possible? Obviously, technological developments are a crucial factor. Thanks to instant messaging services, and the availability of genuinely free, reliable conference calls through providers like WHYPAY?.

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Gabi JamesCan remote working really work?