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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How Conference Calls Save Time and Money

Although many people prefer in-person meetings, time and money does not always make this possible. Audio and video conferencing can be the next best thing. Conference Calls still offer the productivity of having a meeting and can definitely help you save a ton of time and money.

According to the Meeting in America Study conducted by Verizon Conferencing, “a five-person meeting conducted in-person (involving plane travel for four of the attendees) is over seven times more expensive than a meeting conducted by audio conference”. Further to this “the average time participants spend to prepare for, travel to, and attend this in-person meeting involving 5 people is 53 hours and 23 minutes. This is more than three times the time involved in an audio or video conference”.

So now that we know Conference calls save time and money, let’s explore HOW.

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Connect with your Friends this Month No Matter the Distance

Think back to when you were a kid. You could see your friends every day at school and it was easy to nurture relationships. Being a grownup, with a grownup job and grownup responsibilities this isn’t so easy. Let’s face it – it’s difficult to get together with friends when it doesn’t come as naturally as it did when you were a kid, but the solution may be simpler than you think! It’s just a touch of a button away with Free Conferences International Dial-ins and Video Conference Calls.

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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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How to use conference calls on Valentine’s Day

Every once in a while in life, as Valentine’s Day rolls around, we get booked into an unavoidable business trip or a family emergency happens and we find ourselves sitting in an airport feeling like we will soon be missing our sweetheart in the worst way, and wondering what we could possibly do to make the best of a bad situation.

You might be “Leaving, on a Jet Plane,” but all is not lost.

The answer is to set up a one-on-one Video Conference Call with your other half. But this is not a Skype Call, because you don’t need those robotic voices and gremlins crashing the party. Only a true conference call has the audio quality you need for truly important personal communication.

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