Let Web Conferencing Do The Heavy Lifting

By the time you graduate from university or college, you will have heard the lecture on “Time management” a thousand times. If you are like many students, you will have tuned it out and filed it in the back of your mind under “Later.”

Most students only tend to get excited about time management when they are dating.

There is one time management system, however, that is easy and fun, and you can use it to get better marks on group school projects.

It is called Free Web Conferencing.

Group school projects usually aren’t fun either, unless you like herding cats, or having your fur rubbed the wrong way by someone else who does—but web conferencing makes managing the time of a group of five students on a project really easy.

Easy Time Management

Two of the toughest things about group school projects are sorting out everyone’s schedule to find a time to meet, and getting the assignment done on time. Web Conferencing solves both.

Web meetings are just fancy conference calls that come with Video Conferencing and Free Screen Sharing. You can sign up in a few minutes online, and they are free. No downloads. It’s all in the Cloud.

Web Conferencing syncs with Google Calendar so you can use the Doodle App to find out when everyone can meet. Haven’t used Doodle? Check it out.

Then use the Call Scheduling feature to set up all your meetings at once, working back from your deadline. Plug in a meeting to review your progress 1/2 way, so you can find out who isn’t doing their share before it sinks you, another conference call to collect everybody’s work for editing and collation, and maybe a last web meeting for a final review.

Automatic Time Management

Web Conferening and handling time
Let web conferencing handle the time management on your next group school project.

Recurring Calls is a feature that makes setting up repeat meetings fast, and the automatic Invitations and Reminders will do the herding of cats for you without any fur flying, so you can still all be friends at the end of the project.

The automatic reminders that come with Web Meetings will help everyone meet their individual deadlines, so your group can meet your overall deadline.

That’s how you get better marks. It’s hard to get good marks when one person bombs out and 20% of the assignment is missing.

TIP: Always add a few days for panicking near the end, and set your deadline two days before the real deadline.

“That’s the way you do it”

Using free web meetings to get a group school project done is as easy as using your phone to wake you up in time to get to class.

Web conferencing lets you set up the entire time management system for a group school project in about five minutes. It saves you travelling all over town for sit-down meetings. It’s free, and it never forgets a deadline. The shared desktop is actually the best way of collaborating.

If you are like me, time management is about as exciting as a trip to the dentist. Time management is only fun when you are in love. Then showing up on time is easy. Making time is a pleasure. Completing assignments is a snap.

They say, “Love is the greatest teacher.” True. For all other time management, there’s web conferencing.

How to be a good conference caller

Conference calls are an effective communication tool for building team spirit and good “corporate culture.” Although the organization benefits from well made conference calls through increased productivity and profitability, the employees benefit too, because it is way more fun to work in a happy, engaged workplace.

That is, if everyone pulls together, and knows how to be a good conference caller. Here are five tips on how to do your part to building team spirit with teleconferencing, and why they are worth doing.

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Conference like a rock star: 6 Easy Steps to Excellent Conference Calls

Musicians that get up on stage, ignore the audience, and just “play their music” don’t make it past the coffee house circuit. Famous bands all know the same secret; people going to a show want to be entertained.

Conference calls are no different. If you want to facilitate a conference call that will inspire people, get good decisions made and build team spirit, here are some easy steps to delivering “conference call Satisfaction”.

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Conference Calls Weren’t Always So Easy

Teleconferencing (conference call) is becoming a core communication technology for everyone, from businesses to non-profit organizations to families. It has revolutionized communication in much the same way as the cellphones completely revolutionized personal communication, and for the same reason.

Simplicity.

But free conference calls weren’t always so easy.

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The Guide to Holding Effective Business Conference Calls

Conference calls are a fantastic way to keep everyone in your company connected and informed. It’s important, however, to ensure to keep the calls productive and effective. A recent survey found that many conference call participants admitted to finding other ways to keep themselves busy while on a call:

  • 63% worked on other projects or sent an email
  • 44% were texting
  • 43% checked social media
  • 25% played video games
  • 21% shopped online

How can you prevent this from occurring during your own conference calls? This guide will not only illustrate the benefits of conference and video calls, but it will also teach you how to keep your participants engaged, interested and actively participating.

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Why Teleconference is better than “Telepresence”

What is a “Telepresence”?

The word “telepresence” conjures up images of the movie Avatar. It is supposed to imply that you actually have a “presence” in the room. Telepresence is a glossy marketing term that really means: “unnecessarily expensive teleconference”. A standard video conference call will give you exactly the same “presence” in a room.

For free!

A picture really is worth 1,000 words. This picture of a “Telepresence” group tells you everything you need to know about why teleconferencing is better than “telepresence.”

Unless you’re looking for a way to throw money off the back of a train, that is.

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3 reasons environmental organizations use conference calls

Like many other forms of social justice, environmental activism is changing. Organizations are sharing knowledge globally, and using simple technology to connect social movements. In the 21st century, activism is all about bringing people together across distance and experience.

In the Arab Spring, the primary “weapon” used was the telephone.

Conference calls live at the very heart of the new communication technology. For environmental non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the questions are not so much “do you” use teleconferencing, but “what features” do you use.

And also that great question, “Why?”

The three main reasons Environmental NGO’s use conference calls are to save money, to be more effective, and to walk their own talk. Like so many organizing strategies, the three are complementary, and help with achieving short, medium and long-term goals.

But all three, in their own way, help reduce the number of grants you need to write.

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What makes conference calls so useful to scientists?

Scientists pursue discovery in a highly competitive environment. Funding is tight. Knowledge is hoarded. The first one to publish gets all the glory, and often the financial rewards. Yet nowadays scientists often collaborate on projects even though they might belong to many different institutions scattered across the globe.

Conference calls are becoming more useful to scientists every year, as cost-effective teamwork becomes an increasingly central factor in discovery and invention.

Science is learning to crowd source, but it hasn’t always been so.

In 1895 when Alfred Nobel died, he held over 300 patents. He went down in history for inventing dynamite and establishing the Nobel Prize.

But one thing he couldn’t foresee was how his limit of maximum three shared recipients per prize would become wildly obsolescent over time.

He didn’t anticipate how important teamwork would become to science.

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Mobile Conference Call Apps Shatter the Boundaries of Time and Space

Organizations know that meetings are necessary to keep communication flowing between staff teams.

Unfortunately, the more staff you have and the more spread out they are, the more difficult it gets to assemble the right people in the same room at the same time.

Luckily, you don’t have to be Einstein to figure out how to engage all those people in space-time. The simple solution is to use Web Conferencing for meetings.

Even if you all work in the same building, by eliminating the “travel and assembly” portion, conference calls gives you the freedom to make it easy and convenient for staff teams to communicate better.

Mobile Conference Call Apps shatter the boundaries of time and space to take this freedom to a whole other level.

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Why Entrepreneurs Love Teleconferencing

If you wonder why entrepreneurs have a love affair going with teleconferencing, the answer is quite simple.

They were made for each other.

Entrepreneurs swim in a shark-infested sea of risk management. They thrive on innovation. Entrepreneurs are natural efficiency experts, and above all, they know how to bootstrap.

And the feeling is mutual. Teleconferencing loves entrepreneurs because entrepreneurs get teleconferencing.

It’s nice to be understood.

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