Top tips to hold the perfect conference call

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Conference calls have become a vital part of business life, yet a large number of companies are not utilising them to their full potential. The ability to successfully lead a conference call demonstrates management skills and the knowledge to direct a number of staff simultaneously. Adequate preparation and knowledge of conference calling can be the difference between a meeting which is extremely or productive, or one which turns out to be a colossal waste of time. So how do you prevent the latter? Here are some tips intended to ensure your conference calls are effective and engage each participant to contribute: 1) Create an agenda Without a pre-planned list of […]

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How Teleconferencing Helped Spread Christmas Cheer

The festive period has drawn to a close, meaning many of us are returning to work, healthy-eating, money-saving and generally re-introducing the moderations and self-control which allows us to function as adults. For a lot of people, the break was a very welcome one and brought with it much-needed respite from meetings, deadlines and the sometimes dreaded conference call. With all the mistakes which people continue to frequently make when teleconferencing, it’s not a wonder that some of us can hardly help but roll our eyes when we hear of one being scheduled. But we have a lot to thank the trusty teleconference for, especially around this time of year. […]

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Teleconferencing and… Medicine?

There is a very high chance that conference calling has become a part of your everyday professional life. This isn’t some sort of sweeping generalisation or narrow-minded view in which everybody works in a 9 to 5 office job. In fact, teleconferencing has thrived across almost innumerable fields, proving itself useful to tutors and teachers – it was even the starting point of the phenomenon of Dr. Tyler DeWitt’s YouTube channel and the educational revolution to which it is contributing. Then there is sport, where conference calls have typically played a big part for multiple reasons, including the utility it has shown itself to have for coaches and trainers, as […]

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Balancing Work and Leisure During the Festive Period

The season is upon us once again when every weekend is filled with reunions, parties and dinners. You’re seeing old friends and getting all the family back together again, maybe for the first time since the last holiday period. Hopefully, you’ve managed to keep in touch , but we all know that striking a healthy balance between your commitment to your work and the time dedicated to your family is always a tricky area. Thankfully, the situation is improving for a lot of people. A general trend towards more flexible work structures, the work of pioneers like Vanessa Tierney and the increasing availability of technology to facilitate remote work mean […]

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Why record conference calls?

There is nothing more frustrating in a conference than trying to furiously scribble down notes faster than the speaker delivers them. Equally as frustrating is trying to decipher someone else’s hieroglyphic-like scrawls post meeting. If you want to avoid having to resort to either of these then this post is for you… A large number of us don’t fully understand the power of using call recording until it is too late. The instant we realise that our note taking skills are abysmal, vital information is missing or something which was said has been misheard entirely are times we wish we could go back and hear all the information again. If […]

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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. Schedule the call Before organising a conference call, it is vital that the date and time of it is suitable for everyone participating. It is important to get to grips […]

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Conference Call Drinking Game

OK, first of all let’s be very clear – we are in no way advocating getting intoxicated during office hours. That is a bad, bad idea. However, staying hydrated (or caffeinated…) can help to keep you alert and productive through what can be, and feel like, extremely long days at work. So when we say ‘drinking game’, we mean small sips of non-alcoholic beverages, with a strong recommendation of opting for water or a nice green tea/smoothie… Now, with the disclaimer out of the way, let us explain the premise of this game. You are probably familiar with the concept of a themed drinking game. Take a shot every time […]

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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. Visualisation is key According to the Social Science Research Network, 65% of us are visual learners. This essentially means that these people engage best when they are not only hearing information, but also visualising it in some way. Whether this be an infographic or a simple photograph, seeing it can save effort spent […]

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Conference Calls for Travellers

As summer reaches the northern hemisphere, the numbers of people jetting off are steadily increasing. While we have had uncharacteristically warm weather recently in Britain as the thermometer reached its highest point in forty years, many of us seek even sunnier pastures, or simply want the excitement of travelling somewhere new. But though being in a brand new place can be truly exhilarating, it doesn’t come without some challenges. For many, it is the distance itself, the very thing a traveller is seeking, which can be difficult. Whether its straightforward homesickness, an unexpected family crisis, or falling behind with work, being hundreds of miles away from everything you know is […]

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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. Because of this, teleconferences have been firmly established outside of the traditional business setting, too. They have proven to be useful to teachers and tutors, sportspeople and their coaches, music […]

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