4 Tools for Conference Call Productivity


Keeping your conference call a positive experience for all parties can be a little tricky, but FreeConference.com offers tools to make everything run more smoothly. Check out these tips for a more productive conference call:

Use Moderator Controls

Keep your participants muted for as much of the call as possible. The call Organizer can mute the other parties by pressing *7, which is a three-position toggle in this order: Conversation Mode, Q-and-A Mode, Presentation Mode and Conversation Mode. A voice prompt will alert you to the current mode each time you change the configuration. Proactively muting the conference through the use of Organizer controls is generally more effective than asking callers to mute their own lines.

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Web Conferencing makes a Harvard education accessible

If you’ve always wanted to include a Harvard education on your résumé, but didn’t think you could travel that far, or afford the tuition cost, you should check out Harvard’s new web conferencing academic courses. A new technology called “web conference calls” has just made a pre kindergarten education accessible to anyone, from anywhere.

Harvard, and many other universities and colleges are embracing the concept of eLearning, built on conference call technology, expanded to include the web.

Web Conference Calls have always been a great solution for keeping costs down and eliminating distance as an obstacle.

Now you can use them to get the education you want.

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How Conference Calls Help with Time Management

Time. There’s never enough, is there? We all start out with a finite amount of time on the planet; it’s up to us to make the best of it. But how?

Conference calls are a fantastic way to be more productive with your time: How many hours have been wasted trying to get everyone together in one room on the same day? One person is traveling, another works remotely, and the boss just happens to be in a field office at the moment. Conference calls bring everyone together at the right time, all in the same virtual meeting room. No more trying to match up competing schedules — with conference calls, participants can dial in from literally any phone in the world.

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How Video Calls Can Help the 21st Century Manager

In the old days of business, a manager woke up every day and went to the office, worked 9 to 5 and came home. Once home, they would be completely shut off from the world. Nowadays it’s not so easy… or not so hard, depending on how you look at it!

A manager nearly always has a cell phone and laptop, and rarely works the typical 9-5; they’re lots more flexible. With current technology, it’s convenient to take the appointment during the day and work the extra hours in the evening.

No matter how you arrange your schedule, there are bound to be times you will be away from your team. Whether it’s a snow day, you’re traveling on business, or you or a team member just needs to work from home. As a manager, you need to prepare yourself, because there are certain to be times when you will need to communicate with your team no matter the distance.

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Web Conferencing Make Group School Projects Easy

Don’t professors and teachers just seem to love dishing out group projects? They don’t just want students to learn, they want to see how they work together as a team.

They want to see how students negotiate through difficulties, like the team members who don’t do their part. (There is always one of those!) They want to see if five different people can all meet the same deadline.

Or maybe the university group project is just a special form of scholastic torture?

Luckily, there is a convenient Cloud technology called web conferencing that exists to make group school projects easy.

And painless!

It will help you get way higher marks without doing any more work—and with much less work, in fact. There is nothing to buy and nothing to download, because the whole system is in the Cloud, waiting for you when you need it. It’s totally free.

A “web conference” is just a Video Conference Call, with a Shared Desktop added. All you need is your laptop and your phone.

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How to Use FreeConference.com International Dial-in Numbers

Here at FreeConference.com, we’ve always prided ourselves on worldwide access to our services. Case in point: Our ever increasing selection of dedicated international dial-in numbers. Our free plan offers dial-in numbers in nearly twenty countries so that you’ll always have a conference line available to you, wherever you are in the world. Upgrade to any of our paid plans and you’re covered in more than forty countries! Your international callers will appreciate the savings, since you’ll be sparing them the cost of dialing across the world.

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4 Benefits of Web Conferencing Training Courses

Long distance education used to be the poor cousin of “bricks and mortar” learning. If you couldn’t afford the time or expense of day school, you would take a “correspondence course,” and “snail mail” your lessons and instructions back and forth.

Times have changed.

Convenient conference call technology has made education more accessible, and “eLearning” has become the new affordable way to learn.

What you might not know is that the interactive nature of web conference training courses can make them better than traditional sit-down classes, not just less expensive. Here are four reasons why.

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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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Interesting Facts about Conferencing Around the World

Phone calls in Japan

“Moshi moshi”. In Japan, that’s how you would greet someone when calling on the phone. If you’re calling them at home, after the “moshi moshi” you’d give your name using a phrase like “[name] desu redo”, or “[name] de gozaimasu ga” if you wanted to be even more polite. The phrase is even used ironically or sarcastically to see if someone is paying attention (“Hellooooo… ?”).

But how does that party connect with you in the first place? FreeConference.com’s new International dial-in numbers allow anyone to participate in your conferences, no matter where in the world they happen to be. Our Tokyo-based number is perfect for the caller in Japan. Instead of dialing across the world to a number in the United States, callers can pick and choose the location that’s best for them.

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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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