The 5 Best Collaboration Tools

The most important aspect of working in a team is efficient collaboration. No matter how skilled the individual members, they will never function properly as a team if they can’t cooperate with one another. Although no substitute for an inability to collaborate, there are many tools to improve a team’s ability to work together remotely. Here are the best 5 collaboration tools for your home or business:… Read more →

Are Conference Calls Better Than the Seeing Stones of Númenor?

Some time around 1930, JRR Tolkien started off the whole Lord of the Rings series by telling his children bed time stories about a little character he called “The Hobbit.” He’d been dreaming up the world of the Hobbit since he was a child himself. In doing so, Tolkien pretty much invented the whole “Fantasy Adventure with Elves and Dwarves” genre single handedly.

He also proposed what is perhaps the most glamorous conference call technology of all time, the Palantíri, or seeing Stones of Númenor. These were a set of 7 crystal balls that could be used for videoconferencing from Eressëa all the way across Middle Earth.

In these latter days, the stones are lost, the Elves have sailed into the West, and the “little folk” are only a bustle in the hedgerow. Today we can pick our smartphones out of our “pocketses” and videoconference with three people spread across three continents for free.

But if you had the choice, which one is better: a conference call, or a Seeing Stone of Númenor?

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Why the Borg Prefer Free Web Meetings

The Borg are a highly evolved species of cybernetic organisms in the Star Trek Universe whose goal is to “Achieve perfection.” They generously offer to assimilate less perfect species into their collective.

Sometimes the inferior species (like humans) aren’t so keen on being drones in a perfect collective.

In 2013, TV Guide named the Borg #4 on their list of “60 Nastiest Villains of All Time,” but as the Borg like to say:

“Resistance is futile.”

So how did the Borg get to be so powerful? They have better meetings. Seriously!… Read more →

FreeConference.com VS The Other Guys

Let’s face it: there are many free conference-calling services out there. Anyone who owns a computer could probably name at least 3. With so much competition out there, it makes sense to take the time to figure out just which one is the best for your unique needs.… Read more →

A Look Back At 2016

2016 was a big year for FreeConference.com! What, we said that last year too? Well, that’s only because every year is a big year for us! With the re-launch of our website in 2015, the new FreeConference.com has been live for almost a year. We have had many new updates and features, a couple of awards, and a stellar response from our customers about our service.… Read more →

3 Cool Features That We Know You’ll Love!

Some of the most rewarding parts of using technology are all of the useful features waiting to be discovered. Well-designed features can change the way people go about their days, and save users hours of frustration and unnecessary hassle.We’ve been hard at work at FreeConference implementing and improving some new and existing features to save our users’ time and money, and make our service as simple and user-friendly as possible. Here are three features we believe do just that!… Read more →

The Best Story Conference is a Virtual One

Lauren Hill
Lauren Hill, holding a pair of the Sanuk sandals she writes about to help pay her surfing bills.

A writer I know wrote a book sitting at her landlord’s dining table in Ontario, then flew to a beach cabin in Bali and wrote the sequel. Meanwhile, she’s an employee of a publishing house in New York City.

She goes in to “the office” about twice a year. The job of “escritor” has evolved so much recently.

The carefree nomadic existence of “surfer/writers” like Lauren Hill, the Queen of Funky Sandals, would not be possible without virtual story conferencing.

The interesting thing is that virtual conferences are actually better than traditional sit-down meetings. And not just for the writers with sand in their toes.

Getting on the same page

People think writing is a completely solitary activity. Yes and no. There is a reasonable amount of sipping a piña colada beachside and tapping away on a laptop. But writing a book is a highly collaborative team process involving senior editors, copy editors, graphics and layout artists, and then the publicist. An agent is involved too, personal “readers,” and in many cases the subject of the book.

The virtual story conference gets all these people on the same page, and keeps them there, with no “dreaded overhead.”

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