How to Run Seamless Conference Calls in an Open Concept Office

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Tips for Conference Calling in an Open Floor Plan Office

Though intended to facilitate communication, open concept offices can sometimes feel like they do anything but that for people who hold conference calls in them. In today’s blog, we’ll be offering some tips for more effectively holding conference calls and improving productivity in offices that feature open floor plans.

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Introducing the new FreeConference Podcast series!

To commemorate the re-launch of our sister platform Talkshoe (more details coming soon), and the upcoming Podcast Movement convention in Philadelphia, FreeConference has released our FreeConference Podcast series!

Exciting! New FreeConference Podcasts Series!

The first episode is hosted by Puffin Sandwich, one of our freelance teammates and a rare meats enthusiast. Introducing our parent company Iotum, and the different platforms that Iotum offers, like FreeConference, Callbridge and Talkshoe. We also get into the benefits of screen-sharing and how useful it is in everyday life.

Screen-sharing and online conferencing can help communication between remote workers, a section of the working population that has been on the rising significantly. But don’t get too comfortable as Puffin Sandwich reiterates the difference between work/life balance and laziness. Screen-sharing can also enable better collaborations for callers trying to view the same documents. Job interviews, artistic collaboration, and other non-traditional conference activities could also benefit from screen-sharing, as people are working on the same page, figuratively and literally.

That’s what screen sharing is for. Eliminating the need to travel to share important information in a streamlined visual way.

So check out our FreeConference podcasts! More to come soon!

Listen to the recording HERE!

Prioritizing Career Development in Small Businesses

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Small Business Online Conferencing Tips: Career Development

Big or small, businesses depend on getting the best out of those they employ. From interns and temps all the way up to founders and CEOs, no business can succeed without a solid team of people behind it. For this reason, it is important for businesses of any size to offer their employees pathways for career development in their respective fields. In today’s blog, we’ll be examining why career development is critical for the long-term success of small businesses as well as some ways small business owners and managers can utilize online conferencing and informal one-on-one meetings to help their valued employees grow and succeed within the company.

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Alex Nursall On Being Good In A Bad Way

The creative team at FreeConference decided to reach out to some of our favorite artists, textile artists, and illustrators, asking them to redesign the FreeConference logo (the Puffin) according to their personal style. I was privileged enough to chat with one of our lovely artists, Alex Nursall.

Before I sat down at my computer to talk to Alex, using FreeConference.com, I did a little research.40 minutes down the Google rabbit hole, I realized we used to work for the same publication at the University of Toronto — their newspaper, the Varsity.

FreeConference has a one-click video conference function, but I also gave Alex the option to call-in using our Toronto dial-in number but secretly hoped she would join our conference as I was looking forward to seeing how Alex would look on our crystal clear video. She often dyes her hair in unique colours and is a complete style maven. I was nervous and excited all at once.

Alex Nursall is known as a writer, illustrator, photographer, and comic, but I wanted to know which of these titles sits first on her business card.

We ended up talking about the power of language, the need for breathing room, and why it doesn’t always pay to take yourself too seriously. Which leads me to introduce this guy.

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5 Tools for Digital Classrooms

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Technology that Enhances the Classroom Experience for Students and Teachers

From GPS maps to mobile apps, we’ve come to rely on digital technology for many aspects of our daily lives like navigation, banking, shopping, entertainment and…yes, education. In today’s blog, we’ll exploring how web conferencing , screen sharing, and online apps are transforming the way students and teachers interact.

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Mapping Out Eric Anderson



When talking to Eric Anderson, the Texas-born author, illustrator, and part-time actor in his brother’s movies, the first thing I managed to do was suggest that he was, personally, ancient. An old-timer. I had merely said that I’d known about him for a quite a while.

 

“Yeah,” he sighs. “It’s been a long time now.”

 

I scrambled to explain that I simply meant that I’d admired his work for some time. But the damage was done.


We had been chatting because of a new venture here at FreeConference: Project Puffin. Having approached him for a commission as one of our featured artists, we wanted to see what he could come up with for our beloved mascot. Here’s what we got back.Read more →

Ways to Share your Nonprofit’s Success using Social Media

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Sharing is Caring: Promoting Your Nonprofit’s Cause and Accomplishments Through Social Media

Growing up, many of us learned that modesty is a virtue and that it’s bad to boast about one’s accomplishments. In order to improve the visibility, name recognition, and the success of your nonprofit, however, it is necessary to promote your organization and its work in a smart, effective manner. In today’s blog, we’ll be discussing some of the ways nonprofit organizations utilize social media to raise awareness —and funds —for their causes!

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Working While Travelling: Shared Workspaces in Croatia

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Welcome to Croatia: An Introduction

With its diverse natural scenery, pleasant climate, and unique mix of traditional and modern cultural attractions, it’s little wonder that Croatia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. Straddling central and southeastern Europe, Croatia’s landscape features mountains, forests, rivers, and an island-studded coastline along the Adriatic sea. Whether you’re looking to sip world-class coffee at a cafe in Zagreb or cliff dive into turquoise seas on the island of Hvar, Croatia truly has something for just about everyone. In today’s blog, we’ll be giving an overview of the coworking scene in Croatia as well as some of the country’s most notable coworking spaces.

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What you Need to Run a Non-Profit from Your Home

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Remote Work Tips: 5 Essentials for Running a Non-profit from Home

What’s better than doing something that makes a real difference in the world? Doing it from home. In addition to the convenience of being able to tackle tasks from the comfort of your own home, operating a non-profit out of your own residence through remote work is a good way to cut out the costs associated with renting an office space. Starting a non-profit organization is no small task, so it is important that you surround yourself with people who share your values and have the right experience to help you along the way. In today’s blog, we’ll be sharing some tips on how to get your non-profit off the ground and run it from home.

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