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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Who is Paying for Your Free Conference Calls?

A lot of people’s immediate reaction to being offered something for free is disbelieving skepticism. The assumption is that there must be a catch, a condition, a hidden cost. Sometimes, these sage cynics are right; a lot of conference call services claiming to be free do end up costing you money. Sometimes it’s in sign-up fees, sometimes they charge you for what they term ‘extras’, but which they know are almost always essentials, and sometimes it’s only free if you have a very small number of participants or a very small number of minutes. Wherever the charges are hidden, it’s causing a lot of confusion and mistrust in an industry […]

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Conference Calling Services MUST Make It Easy for Their Users

We live in a world of ever-growing gadgets, apps and technologies. Nothing stays still, and there are always new services being introduced to us. Currently, there are a number of free business tools that can bring real benefits to those who use them. One of the most vital of these is the conference call, and yes phone conferencing really can be free if the right service provider is used. But its not just about getting your money’s worth, it’s also crucial that services like conference calling are genuinely easy to use. People need efficiency, speed, ease – we are used to these things, and anything that doesn’t meet the necessary standard will quite rightly be abandoned. Conference calling […]

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How to Find a Genuinely Free Conference Call Service

In our modern day, successfully running a business without using a conference call service would be extremely difficult. But why should making use of this crucial business tool deplete your business’s funds? Incurring huge bills from your conference calling is an issue that can be easily resolved – you just need to find a service providing genuinely free conference calls. Most of the services you are likely to have used or encountered provide their users with a dial-in number which actually costs participants to ring, while actually claiming to be a free service. That way, by not charging membership fees or displaying a cost per phone call and so on, […]

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Free Conference Calls Included in Your Bundled Minutes

Conference calling is happening in all areas of life, and is not just reserved for the business world. Think about it; whatever it is you do, you can probably benefit from using a conference call every now and then to improve communication around your job, passion or hobby. But this shouldn’t mean you have to spend a great deal of money to keep in the loop. In fact, conference calls can be placed at absolutely no charge – as long as you know which conference call bridge to use. Some companies claim to offer free teleconferencing, and then slip hidden costs in anywhere possible. Users of these so called “free” […]

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Conference Calling for the Environmentally Friendly Business

We all know how detrimental frequent travel can be for our planet, emitting greenhouse gases and increasing our carbon footprint. In fact, in 2010, transport accounted for a reported 39% of energy consumption in the UK – a massive proportion. Of this, a huge 27% of energy consumption was made up from the emissions of road transportation. The sheer volume of cars at rush hour makes this statistic less surprising for all those of us who commute to work daily and are familiar with the congestion. But what if we could reduce, or completely eliminate, our commute? Conference calling offers one ideal way to do this, and to reduce our […]

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5 Ways to Get the Most out of Your Next Conference Call

Many people are wary of conference calls, put off by preconceptions of an awkward, less productive experience than a face to face meeting would be. However, following these 5 tips for conference calling can help ensure your next teleconference runs smoothly, achieves its aim and avoids time being wasted.   LOCATION: before the conference call even begins, you should think carefully about where you are. Aim for a place with minimal background noise, and where you feel comfortable to talk freely. Minimise your distractions and make yourself comfortable so the conference call gets your full attention. Bustling offices or houses filled with children are not ideal, so try to find […]

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Conference calls as follow-up

From youth, we all learn that there are some situations in which a phone call simply won’t cut it – you have to meet face to face. Clearly, the same is true in the business world. Some meetings must be conducted where all participants can be physically present. Perhaps it’s interviewing someone to take on a key role within your team, and you have to get a feel for the dynamics between you, or you are selecting somebody to represent your business and so must assess their inter-personal skills properly. Similarly, if things perhaps require careful planning and designing, physical presence may be necessary to ensure the proper details are […]

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Is Your Conference Calling Service Truly Free to Use?

With the rise of technology, we have seen the amount of tools available to businesses soar over recent years. Simultaneously, pressure has grown to make these tools easy and efficient to use, and as cost-effective for businesses as possible. Three of our main priorities in the business world are communication, efficiency, and financial wisdom. These meet their harmonious combination in the oft-advertised ‘free conference call’. But a concerning proportion of the times that you see this claim, it turns out to be false, costing you and your business money. You have to take care, and read carefully, to ascertain whether your conference calls really are free.   Many conference call […]

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Will Businesses Still Be Conference Calling in 5 to 10 Years’ Time?

Conference calls are currently an undeniably valuable tool to businesses. As technology develops and communication becomes more sophisticated, more and more businesses are beginning to make use of the service. With international business partnerships becoming more commonplace all the time and people’s desire for information growing constantly, conference calling has never been so relevant. Nowadays, telephone conferencing is not only immensely useful, but it is cheap and easy – clearly trumping its alternative: travelling to meetings. There are free conference call bridges available which charge users nothing for their services, and can be used from mobile phones, landlines, payphones, even Skype and similar services! When you consider these factors, it […]

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