Board Meeting Promises to Make and Keep in 2018

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Run Shorter, More Effective Board Meetings in 2018 with FreeConference.

The new year is a time when we set goals for ourselves to help us look better, feel better, and be more successful. If you are involved with a business or nonprofit, the start of 2018 is the perfect time to rethink the way your organization conducts meetings. In today’s new year blog post, we’d like to share with you some ideas that can make your group or company meetings better and more productive in 2018.

Here are our 4 top conference meeting tips:

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Vision Casting with Conference Calls: How to Refine the Art of Inspiration

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What is Vision Casting?

One of the first steps to success is the to have a goal, a vision if you will, then construct a strategic plan to achieve that goal. A variation of this first step is defined in churches as Vision Casting: sharing your “vision” to others so they make your “vision” their own. Having a good vision and vision casting can be a powerful tool for your institution, there are countless stories of managers refusing to quit, employees putting in extra effort, and customers showing loyalty and commitment, all because of good vision casting. In this post, we discuss the importance of vision casting, and how it can be enhanced through video conferencing.… Read more →

4 Bad Conference Call Habits to Kick Before the New Year

Bad conference call habits can make a conference less pleasant and less productive

Conference call etiquette: While the unwritten rules of conference calling are certainly not hard to follow, there are a few bad conference call habits to be aware of that can drive your fellow callers nuts (whether they tell you or not). While some of these conference calling no-no’s may seem like common sense (like calling in late to a conference), you might be surprised at how often some of these bad habits can detract from the overall experience of a conference call for all involved. With the new year just around the corner, we thought we’d share some of our top bad conference call habits.… Read more →

How To Deal with Conference Call Interruptions

many conference call participants sitting around a table, with many conference call interruptionsThe very definition of a conference call is a telephone conference in which several people can talk at the same time. This technology structure makes it very susceptible to conference call interruptions, or just interruptions in general. Not only is it annoying, conference call interruptions can become a recurring obstacle to time management and efficiency, especially on a conference call; a platform designed to get things done. So in the spirit of getting rid of it, here is how to deal with conference call interruptions.… Read more →

Dealing with Conference Call Anxiety: A 4-Step Guide

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Stay Calm and Conference on: How to Overcome Conference Call Anxiety

For professionals of all types, conference calling can be a (surprisingly) stressful ordeal. Unlike with traditional face-to-face meetings where you can rely in part on body language and other visual cues to aid with communication, your success with conference calling depends almost entirely on how well you conduct yourself over the phone. If you’re leading a conference call or taking part in a phone interview, this can add to the pressure you feel to make sure every word that comes out of your mouth is perfect. But fear not, conference callers, conference call anxiety is very common and can be dealt with by following these steps:… Read more →

How using a Free Call in Number Grew her Business in 1 Week

How using a Free Call-in Number Grew Alicia’s Business in 1 Week

boy riding on a bicycle in the street There’s nothing quite like biking, the rush, the focus, the wind against your skin, I don’t think anything else gets me up in the morning like having to bike to work. Not to mention the health and environmental benefits we get, low-impact, stamina, time efficiency, no exhaust produced, I can talk about biking for hours. Conversely, not crazy about my part-time job, the long hours and tedious nature, I always wished biking could somehow pay the bills.… Read more →

How Call Recording helped this Graduate Grow his Online Tutoring Business

Every day after university lectures, Sam would head back to his dorm room as fast as he could

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It wasn’t to change his clothes for a party, or even to sleep – he did it to hold online music tutoring lessons. He’s always had talent on multiple musical instruments, excelling in music at a young age to earn a full scholarship for his Bachelor’s degree in music. Tutoring started as a way to make money on the side, but the more Sam taught, the more he loved it.

Following graduation, Sam started his own online tutoring business to combine his two passions, and from then on it has been an up and down experience.… Read more →

On a Business Trip in London? 7 Things You Should Do

black and white picture of london, englandDo you have a business trip in London? Don’t spend all of your time in the hotel lounge.

If you need to actually work on your business trip in London and have little time to be a tourist, then why not try some of these amazing locations where you can work remotely and be inspired by your surroundings.… Read more →

360–Degree Video Conferencing: The New Face of Online Education

sample image of camera for 360-degree video conferencingWhen the 360-degree camera was first introduced to the mainstream last year, I couldn’t help but to think it was a gimmick, a fleeting trend, or at least it would have nothing to do with me. But wait, it’s not just a horizontal panorama? It has multiple lenses that give you the points of view from all around you? It integrates with virtual reality or even just a regular Go-Pro footage? The wonders of the 360-degree camera venture far off the millennial playground and video enhancement, and have made their imprint on education, especially online and distance education. 360-degree video conferencing could be in your future.… Read more →