How Conference Calls Can Help You Do Business Around the World

Imagine having a client in London and a supplier in Germany, all while you’re in the United States. You need to connect and want an inexpensive way to do it, but traveling for business can be costly Flights, hotels, per-diem, travel time, and more. All of these can add up. If you could have a meeting that wasn’t in person but was just as productive, wouldn’t you do that? FreeConference.com offers some great alternatives to the traditional meeting, as well as some great features that will help you do business around the world with conference calls, all while saving you money in the process.

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Conference Call Recording Makes Meeting Minutes Easy

Meeting minutes are like dishes in your kitchen. If you don’t clean one dish as you use it, the world doesn’t fall in, but never doing the dishes will grind your kitchen to a halt.

You can get away with ignoring taking meeting minutes sometimes, but the best solution for organizations is to find an easy way to take meeting minutes.

Any volunteers? No?

Luckily, just as automatic dishwashers have made clean kitchens more common, Free Web Conferencing (Conference Calls) over the Cloud has streamlined minute taking to a few mouse clicks.

The secret is to use Call Recording, a little known feature of conference call technology, which is growing in popularity as web conferencing gradually takes over from sit-down meetings.

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Conference Calls Keep Families Together with Face to Face Communication

Every generation that leaves home seems to go further and further away. Luckily, technology like conference calls keeps getting better at bringing us closer together with face to face communication.

Because when that last little duckling in the family up and flies off to University or Ireland for the first time—and the old gander and goose are left moping around the house—there are some mixed emotions all around.

For the kids, there is a sense of exhilarating freedom, not just from the rules and regulations of childhood, but from the very feel of it. Ahh, the spaciousness of leaving home! It’s a delicious lack of parental proximity.

Yet it is so great to come back for the weekend…

For parents, of course, there is a little too much spaciousness. Children roll out like an ocean tide that forgot to return. Parents suddenly realize that all those hairs floating around the bathroom and the outrageous electric bills were a small price to pay.

The smell of a newborn, and the way their impossibly tiny fingers curl around yours like little sea tendrils, is unforgettable.

So how to stay connected? Facebook has current pictures, if you are brave enough to look at some of the pictures your kids post. Emails are almost obsolete, but they make good vehicles for links to interesting videos. Texts have a wonderful immediacy.

But conference calls are the best way to keep a family in touch. Why?

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New FC Feature: What is document sharing? How can it help me or my business?

Most users think of conference calls as an audio-only medium. Not any more! FreeConference.com is bringing the visual component to conference calling, and it’s easier than ever to get up and running in no time. Your FreeConference.com account provides you with a link you can use to start a conference whenever, wherever you want; send the same link to your call participants so that they can join online from anywhere in the world. Really, it’s that simple!

At FreeConference.com, we strive to innovate constantly, ensuring our product is top quality. We want to make sure we offer our customers the best features when it comes to conference calling. Most recently we released our Document Sharing feature, not to be confused with the Screen Sharing feature released last year.

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Why Web Meetings are the Best Meetings

In 2002 Canadian songwriting legend Bruce Cockburn released a love song entitled “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere,” which was covered in a delightful bluesy growl by Colin Linden on “Raised by Wolves,” and with lovely choirboy purity by Jimmy Buffet on his album “License to Chill.”

If you want a potential sweetie to fall in love with you, there is no clearer, simpler way than to get yourself a guitar, learn the song, and sing it to them.

You can do this while standing outside their bedroom window on a harvest moon, curled up in front of a roaring fire at a ski lodge, or as the song says– anytime, or anywhere.

The title “Anything, Anytime, Anywhere” also makes about the simplest, clearest case for why Web Conferencing is the best way to hold any meeting, whether for romance, or to keep a family or staff team in touch.

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Slack Integration with Conference Calls

Old fashioned sit-down staff meetings are difficult to organize, expensive of staff time, and create debilitating information bottlenecks. Weekly sit-down meetings are like clogs in an organization’s arteries. Luckily, there is a healthy, low-calorie alternative. A new office communication tool called Slack enables people in organizations to effortlessly share information with multiple teams, and free Conference Call technology allows those teams to get together in a flash and use the information to make quick decisions. Slack integration with conference calls is the simplest way to get an organization feeling great, and performing better.

Keeping teams organized

Slack is organized into a little “chatroom” on your desktop, with all the people you communicate with organized into teams. One team might be just you and your supervisor, so you can have a private argument about whether you can take next Friday off because the Blue Jays made the play-offs. Your main team might be a department, such as sales.

Where Slack really shines is in the effortless assembly of project teams which include selected people in different departments, or those “homeless people” in organizations– the creatives.

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Why Web Conferencing is great for Homeschooling

The Web is full of home schooling methods but very few of the sites know about one of the best home school resources available, which is web conferencing. Web conferencing is just a conference call, with video and a shared desktop added.

Web conferencing is the free and easy way to create a virtual classroom.

Creating a virtual classroom is a great way to keep small groups of home schoolers from becoming isolated. Individual “schools” can join forces, even across the globe.

Web Conferencing is not meant to completely replace sit-down group schooling, but it can greatly enhance a homeschool.

Here’s how.

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Participatory Education and Conference Calls

 

Can participatory education save polar bears from extinction?

It is a question that runs through the minds of those of us old enough to realize that our generation bears a great degree of responsibility for the complete mess the world is in.

And the tragically bad puns. Bears?

On the good side, we tore the Berlin Wall down, got the lead out of gasoline, and broke Nelson Mandela out of Robben Island into the South African presidency.

But there’s still a lot of work to be done to ensure that Manhattan does not become the “Scuba Museum of Twenty-First Century Excess.”

A city sunk by its idling yellow cabs.

As Syria goes up in smoke and Soho slowly submerges, it can be refreshing or hopeful for us guilt-wracked geezers to get involved with the education of young people. Maybe we can make their cleanup job a little easier. Or should we just focus on getting out of their way?

But some of us are in positions of influence, and changing the educational curricula to incorporate self-knowledge systems such as Meyers-Briggs profiling could only help. Enshrining conflict resolution, good teamwork and communication skills into the heart of our primary schools would be wonderful place to start too.

But here is an incendiary idea that would really help change the world for the better.

Instead of talking down to children for 12 years, why don’t we give them a revolutionary and effective communication tool called participatory education? It even comes in a digital form, and you know they’ll like that.

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Free Web Meetings: A Superior Species

In the Olden Days, people used to hate going to meetings because physical travel felt like lost time; it took two hours out of your day that you couldn’t get back.

Sometimes we didn’t even need to be there. Other people did all the talking, made the decisions, and we just sat there thinking about all the real work piling up back on our desk.

Free web meetings are a welcome evolution because they:

  • Guarantee to save us the time travelling to and from the meetings
  • Will likely allow us to multitask in the slow patches when we are not required

Web Meetings happen right at our desk, and we can get as involved as we need to without losing big chunks of time.

Scheduling web meetings is easier too—even if one participant or more are on the road, they can hook up by Mobile App from their smart phones or iPads.

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How to get paid to sit on a beach and write

In 2015, Lahaina Grill was voted “Best Maui Restaurant” for the 22nd consecutive year. You could get paid to sit in the grill, or on the beach out front, knocking out paragraphs for a living. It’s tough work, but somebody’s gotta do it.

One thing though: you’ll need to know how to run a virtual story conference. Luckily, Free Web Conferencing is easier than writing or editing.

And who knows, the job interview might even be held by conference call too! It’s kind of nice to have to spruce up for a job interview without dusting off your suit. Think you’re up for it?

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