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 →

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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FreeConference.com’s Free Calling App for Android and iPhone

People have started relying on their smartphones for larger and larger tasks in their lives. Long gone are the days of the archaic flip-phone. As technology has improved, people have begun using their phones for just about everything, including social media, scheduling and planning, the latest news, and of course standard phone functionality. It makes sense then to try out the FreeConference.com free calling app, available for both iOS and Android! Don’t miss out on the next trend in smartphone technology!… Read more →

Top 4 Messaging and Free Calling App Platforms

From talking into Nokia ‘brick’ to texting on a T9 on your Motorola Razr, mobile communication technology has come a long way. Nowadays, Skyfall Blue can use our phone to browse the web, play games and go on social media. Talking and Texting still remain a huge reason why we carry our phone around but sometimes the stock ‘phone’ and ‘texting’ app is not enough! Here are some free calling app and messenger platforms that might fill some of your communication needs.

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Keep Verbatim Records with Call Recording

We’ve all been there: The Perfect Meeting. One of those conference calls where everything just goes “right”. It doesn’t happen often enough, but when it does, the synergy is palpable. The session ends, high fives are flying, and the mood in the room is elevated.

But then it hits you: What about Susie in Sales who couldn’t make the call? And Hey, does anyone remember that great tagline Jim in Marketing came up with? Suddenly the tone shifts as everyone tries to recall the details of what just transpired.

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How Video Conference Calls Can Help Your Career

At FreeConference.com, we devote our time to create the best possible experience for our customers, so it means a lot when our customers express their appreciation. One of our customers recently wrote to us and praised our service. This customer, Jonathan, is a researcher at a renowned university, and said that our service provided an accessible, convenient solution for his career needs. Jonathan regularly coordinates his research with his colleagues around the world, and often presents his findings via Video Conference.

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Teaching Classes from Home Using Free Conferencing

In these harder economic times, many people—both professionals and hobbyists—have taken to the Internet to teach classes. From gardening to small household repairs and everything else in between, free or affordable lessons are available for just about any topic you can think of.

One strategy for instructors and class attendants is free conferencing—using real-time video and audio feeds, instructors can engage with their audience in a more organic way. YouTube videos are fine, sure, but waiting for a reply to clarify a talking point or technique can be frustrating and ineffective.

Instructors: consider using FreeConference.com’s effortless and reliable video calling service. Your long distance classes will never be the same!

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