Conference calling has become a pretty universal component of conducting day-to-day business in all kinds of different fields. From education and medicine to finance and politics, and even areas which are more typically associated with real, live action like sports and musical concerts.
Really, it isn’t a question of if conference calling is useful to your professional life, but rather of just how useful it can be. And one of the things which could help a lot of businesses in just a matter of seconds is switching to genuinely free conference calls, rather than paying for monthly subscriptions or pricey per-call services. After all, with teleconferences being so beneficial, the expenses can really start piling up. In fact, WHYPAY? saved its customers nearly £1,000,000 just in the month of July by providing totally free teleconferencing. That’s a seriously impressive amount, and there’s very little to stop you from getting a piece of the pie! Simply head to the WHYPAY? homepage and hit the button to create a free telephone conference. You’ll get your very own secure conference call room, along with a secret PIN and room number needed to access it, guaranteeing your calls’ privacy. But how can something so easy (and free!) be so useful?
Summer is often a time for change and new beginnings. For some, it’s a sharper focus on fitness as the hot weather forces us to strip off and allows us to jog around the park without contracting a nasty cold. Often, it’s the time of year when we decide to shed a relationship we have outgrown. And with thousands of people finishing school, college, university and graduate schemes, there’s plenty of professional change happening, too. Even for those who’ve been employed for longer, you might be feeling ready to make a move to guarantee more (or less) sun for the rest of the year – or for countless other reasons.
At WHYPAY? we are firm believers in balance. Taking a holistic approach over black-and-white thinking seems to lead to the best results, and a little bit of anything in moderation is good. That’s why we endorse a flexible work schedule which combines remote working with face to face meetings, fuelled with a few morale-boosting eats and treats. From tasty vegan lemon drizzle cake at Tibits to a hearty lunch at Pret a Manger, we don’t shy away from eating while we work. And with the savings you’d make from using WHYPAY? for genuinely free conference calling, you can afford that extra slice of cake and a refilled mug.
Is remote working the right choice?
Before diving into advice on how (and where) to work remotely, it’s worth taking a look over some background information to help you decide whether it’s right for you and your place of work.
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.
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.
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.
By now, most people have heard of the wonders of free conference calling. Many questions have been rattling around, like how a conference call can really be free, how to find the ones that are free, whether a company can make money from offering free conference calls, who free conference calls are useful to (answer: everyone. Students, teachers, prayer groups, bands, sportspeople, and many more have all found great, innovative, and helpful ways to make the most of these services), and why anybody would pay for a conference call if you can actually get them for free.
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 which is trying desperately to clean up its image.
Very often, people hear the word ‘free’ and become immediately wary. There is, of course, the knee-jerk reaction that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. In this increasingly cynical, avaricious, money-centric world filled with false promises and loopholes, it’s an understandable reaction. Still, having even given WHPAY?’s website or blog a cursory glance, you would, by now, know that although we can make no promises about lunch, there is such a thing as a genuinely free conference call.
Interactive voice response (IVR) is a great tool with a bad rep. Despite its potential convenience and ease of use for companies and customers alike, setting up IVR is a task so rarely executed well, that it has become hated and dreaded by many. So what can you do to make your IVR system stand out from the hordes of ineffectual, repetitive, and confusing keypad-conversations that happen every day?