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 →

3 Tips for Creating a Professional Video Conference Background

Whether it’s for a job interview, an online presentation, or a virtual meeting, if you’re a 21st-century professional, there’s a good chance that you use—or will use—video conferencing. And while there are many aspects that go into preparing for a successful video conferencing appearance, one that often goes overlooked is the video conference background.

In addition to wearing the right clothes, preparing your materials, as well as testing your conferencing equipment, creating a clean, professional looking backdrop is an important aspect of—sometimes quite literally—presenting yourself in the right light.… Read more →

3 Tricks to Play on Your Conference or Office this Halloween

It’s always difficult to balance work and play, especially on such a fun holiday like Halloween. Lately, Halloween is ascending in popularity, establishing itself as the second most popular holiday among employees, second to Christmas of course, and when the culture is set up right it can create a teamwork-enhancing motivational work environment.… 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

musical instruments for sam's online tutoring business

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 →

A Complete List of FreeConference & iotum Awards

Sometimes when you hang out with parents they will inexplicably bring up their kids and their childish accomplishments unprompted, and this used to annoy me quite a bit as it unnecessarily interrupts the flow of a conversation. But now I understand the feeling, they’re not intentionally trying to divert the discussion, they are simply blinded by the immense proudness as parents and want to express this feeling as frequently as possible. Since setting up in 2004, iotum and FreeConference.com has been focused on providing the best products and services to our conference calling users and have been recognized along the way, and all of the iotum awards are proof of that effort. … 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 →