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Group phone calls: how to make them and their many uses

Group phone calls are an incredibly powerful and wonderfully simple tool. In fact, it’s partly this simplicity which makes them so flexible! And considering the importance of collaboration for success, it’s not surprising that a communication tool which brings more people into the conversation should be so popular in all different kinds of fields. In fact, the amount of uses for group phone calls is almost overwhelming – after all, how often do we find ourselves wanting to talk to more than one person at a time, in all areas of our lives?

 How to make a group phone call

One of the things that makes group phone calls so useful is the sheer ease of making them! So before diving into all the different reasons, let’s quickly explain just how easy – and free – conference calls can be.

While there are different options for placing group phone calls, choosing a genuinely free teleconference bridge like WHYPAY? is probably the best and most convenient bet. Otherwise, you might hit obstacles like the difficulties which users of certain mobile network providers have faced – although Giff Gaff users can make group phone calls using WHYPAY?!

Aside from avoiding these types of potential problems, using a conference call provider will also offer a load of extra benefits. Think things like free call recording, easily scheduling recurring meetings, added security, up to 100 participants, and a conference call room that’s yours to keep and use as often as you like.

And it really is easy to set up. Just click onto the WHYPAY? homepage and press ‘Create a FREE Conference’, or hit the button below!

Create a FREE Teleconference

You can choose whether or not you want to make a WHYPAY? account (we strongly recommend it), and your personal audio meeting room will be created just like that. You’ll receive the number you need to dial to access the room, the room number, and the secure PIN which ensures nobody is eavesdropping! Just share these with your invitees and let them know what time you want to talk, and you’re good to go.


Group phone call uses

There are just such an incredible amount of ways that conference calling can be of use to people in all walks of life, that we’ll only really be able to skim the surface. But these are some of the different areas where group phone calls have proven their worth!


Group phone calls in the professional setting

A lot of people associate conference calling with the business world – which is understandable, as conference calls offer a whole host of benefits to businesses. And although, as we’ll see, they shine in loads of other areas, even within this field the different ways they can be used is astounding.

1) Changing, training and supporting staff

One sector which can vouch for group phone calls is recruitment agencies, where teleconferencing has shown itself to be really useful. If you’re searching for your own new employees, you might like to consider interviewing candidates over the phone. It widens the pool of people you can easily chat with to make sure you really find the best fit, and will probably allow you to meet with more people in a shorter space of time. And don’t worry, there’s plenty of great advice to get to grips with conducting interviews over the phone.

Once you’ve found the perfect employee, conference calls are also great for training new staff. And a great way of maintaining communication and offering support to your staff as well as your customers is through conference calls.

If, for whatever reason, it comes time to part ways with a member of staff, think back to the hiring process: if group phone calls make for good hiring interviews, you can bet that it’s a good idea to hold exit interviews via the telephone too.

2) Boost productivity, efficiency and satisfaction

All business owners or managers want their team to run like a well-oiled machine and be as productive and as happy (which in itself is conducive to productivity) as possible. Here we see even more uses of group phone calls. There are small but very significant details which can make holding a conference call even more useful than a face to face meeting, like the fact that call recording makes for very easy and accurate meeting minutes.

And there are clearly bigger, more obvious factors, like being able to talk to people all over the country – or, thanks to international conference calling, all over the world! That has some important knock-ons, too. It saves you the cost for you and all the other attendees to travel to the meeting, as well as potentially the expense of renting out a meeting space. Plus, you can use all that time you would have spent commuting to get more work done. So group phone calls can make businesses more efficient in their use of time and money.

But they’re not just great for getting more out of your employees. They also allow you to give them more, and to create a better work-life balance for yourself, too. There are good reasons why remote working is becoming increasingly popular and feasible, and a lot of companies are finding that taking a more flexible approach to work is translating to happier and more productive employees. And, of course, maintaining open and convenient channels of communication is one of the keys to being a good employer to remote staff.


Educational calls

Another area where teleconferencing has had a huge impact is in education, something proving especially powerful in making education more accessible. Thanks to teachers and tutors giving lessons via group phone call, it becomes much easier to attend the class. That means that students who might otherwise miss out due to their health or geography, duties or gender have the opportunity to learn.

Group phone calls are also a really good tool for follow-ups, recaps, and catch-up sessions. Again, this helps to consolidate and guarantee learning for all, even those maybe facing extra obstacles to their learning. Plus, by choosing a conference calling service like WHYPAY?, neither teachers nor students will have to share their contact numbers with each other, helping maintain a professional relationship and protect all parties’ security and privacy.

Teleconferencing is also an amazing way to exponentially boost the reach of an educational institution’s open day. By allowing potential applicants to access the open day remotely, you’ll be almost certain to secure a lot more applicants both within the country and from abroad. After all, it’s not easy, cheap, or even possible to dedicate full days to travel to lots of different open days. Being able to check out what your school, academy, college or university has to offer from the comfort of their homes, schools or work will make it much easier for more people to see how great you are!

And they’re great study tools, too. If you’re working on any kind of group research project, with group phone calls you’ll be able to discuss progress much more conveniently and regularly than if you had to attend a physical meeting. In fact, there are lots of ways that uni students can use conference calls, from study groups to clubs and societies, to just staying in touch with people back home.


Group phone calls and medicine

Teleconferencing has found its way into the medical world in lots of different, useful ways. Organisations like NAMDET, which offers training to professionals using medical devices, have put conference calling to great use for example.

Others have tapped into telecommunications’ astounding power in the quest to make healthcare universal, be it by providing therapy and counselling over the phone, setting up innovative and all-encompassing projects like Babylon or even just allowing GPs to meet with patients remotely. This is a measure which the NHS is actually working to roll out: that’s how recognised its beneficial potential is!

And in fact, the NHS has found other uses for group phone calls, too. Thanks to choosing WHYPAY? to make NHS conference calls, over £1.7million has been saved, which can be put towards providing healthcare!


Philanthropic, spiritual and ethical uses of group phone calls

While allowing staff to live more well-rounded lives, and inching closer toward genuinely universal education and medical care seems proof enough of the astounding good which teleconferencing can do in the world, there are wonderful people all around who have found even more ways to harness its power.

Group phone calls are, for example, helping to address the environmental crisis we’re facing. They’re a great way for businesses to try to offset their carbon emissions, becoming greener while saving money. In fact, it’s a communication method which can help any organisation become more environmentally friendly, by cutting out the need to travel!

It’s also been put to great use by organisations which are working to preserve our planet and its wildlife – just look at the case study of the wonderful things BIBBA has been able to do in its work to save the bees by using WHYPAY? conference calls.

And action has been taken to save human as well as animal life through the communication powers of group phone calls. We saw this back in 2017, when people came together through group phone calls to help alleviate the famine in Sudan.

Even outside of times of crisis, group phone calls are a great way to maintain a feeling of community and support, and conference calls for prayer groups have proven a really popular way to make sure everybody can access the spiritual guidance they need.


Political conference calling

Given this power to bring together people from across the world in moments of crisis, it’s a straightforward step for the world’s governments to be conference calling frequently. In a moment of crisis or an event requiring immediate action, the leaders of the world can pick up the phone and deliberate with each other and their advisors within seconds. That way, we can make sure we tackle issues in ways that best suit everybody, present a united front, and avoid worsening any situation through ignorance.

Conference calls really are a powerful way to bridge gaps between different governments, as well as with governments and their citizens. They allowed the US government to discuss partnerships in the middle east, an event which also exemplifies the democratising power of teleconferencing, as the transcripts were then made publicly available online, allowing citizens to see and understand what’s happening behind the proverbial doors.


Group phone calls in sport

For such a physical field, there’s a surprising amount of conference calling in sport. But thinking about it, it’s not altogether surprising. After all, if group phone calls are such a useful tool for teachers, why wouldn’t sports coaches use teleconferencing, too?

And considering how important team spirit and tactics are in so many different sports, it seems quite logical that good communication is crucial to sporting success. It’s no wonder, then, that sportsmen and women have found group phone calls so useful.


Group phone calls in your personal life

Of course, people who you almost always want to be sure you can get in touch with are your loved ones. And conference calls are a great way to do this! They help people balance work and life better, and by allowing them to work remotely, to spend more time with the people who matter most. This becomes especially crucial at busy times, like perhaps summer holidays and festive periods, when your personal, familial and professional commitments might conflict more than ever. In fact, teleconferences have done even more to ensure the festive spirit remains alive and well for all, even children who have had to spend the season in hospital.

But they’re also just a handy, simple way to be able to chat with multiple friends or family at once. Thanks to group phone calls, you can stay in touch with loved ones all year round, even if you live in different corners of the world.


What are you waiting for?

Even within this brief overview, it’s pretty clear there are almost innumerable uses for conference calls. If for just one day you thought about how many conversations you had, or would have liked to have, with multiple people, you’ll see how frequently you could be making group phone calls. And by using a genuinely free conference call provider like WHYPAY?, this could be a reality without costing you a penny!

So set up your conference call room today. In fact, given how many different uses you’ll find for them, you might want to create a few virtual meeting rooms… And that’s okay. It’s free, it’s quick, and it’s easy. Why not?

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