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Why Conference Call Etiquette Is Important

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Have you ever been on a conference call and felt like a spectator? Or have you ever been distracted during a call and caught by surprise? These kinds of gaffes are a no-no when it comes to conference call etiquette. Find out how to play nice with all your partners and clients during your next conference call.

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It Starts Early

When your call is scheduled, try to inform people well in advance. Sometimes an urgent issue comes up, but the best meetings happen when people come prepared. You should arrive and be ready early, especially if you’re moderating the call. If possible, make sure all participants have confirmed their attendance ahead of time as well.

Wait For It Then State Your Name

When you arrive to the call, you should identify yourself. But wait! There might already be people in the call talking, so don’t interrupt. Wait until they finish, then politely say hi and give them your name. In many cases, someone will already be there that knows you, and they’ll introduce you. Then all you have to do is say hi.

Take Turns

We really shouldn’t have to say this, but please, wait your turn. Interrupting is extremely impolite. Interrupt a client too many times, and they might start looking for products and services elsewhere. Plus, you might miss out on some really juicy info – like where to get great take-out.

For conference calls, some might be accessing the call using VoIP, so taking turns is even more important. If not, other people won’t even hear what you’re saying since some communication lines can’t process more than one voice at a time.

Share the Mike

Maybe the only thing as bad as interrupting is monopolizing the conversation. Remember, it’s a conference call. That means everybody should participate. Yes, one person should guide the flow of conversation, but be sure to ask, “What do you think?” every so often.

Believe us, if you talk too long, people will tune out and start browsing the web or picking their nose. Really, it happens all the time.

Stay Awake and Pay Attention

These days, many conference calls are done online – or you might be at your computer while using an iPhone. This makes it tempting to do other things during the call, like check emails, read the news or Facebook with your Aunt Myrtle. But don’t.

Pay attention to the call 100%. Nothing is more embarrassing than having to say, “What’d you say? Sorry my Aunt Myrtle just posted a cute pic of her poodle.” Seriously, multitasking during a conference call is just plain rude.

Conclusion

Good conference call etiquette is important just like in any other type of conversation. Be on time, wait your turn, share space and pay attention. They’ll love you for it.

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V.H.C. for myGC

 

Understanding Conference Call Costs

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Conference calls these days can involve participants from Prague to Houston to Bangalore. This can make cost structuring complex. Some carriers don’t give you all the details about conference call costs which can be very uncomfortable. Why? Because when your client or partner gets a huge, unexpected phone bill, they don’t like it. Would you? Let’s find out how to avoid this.

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Dial-In Charges Can Be Deceiving

A conference call requires participants to dial-in, right? Unfortunately some conference call providers might make it look like people are calling into local numbers, but then they do the bait-and-switch. What does this mean? It means that instead of a local phone rate, they charge a higher rate. It may even look like it’s free, but it isn’t. Try explaining that to a client that gets a big phone bill.

Toll Free Option

A great option is to have a toll free number available for meeting participants to use. This way you can be sure that they won’t get overcharged. The toll free method helps you control your costs as well. Your conference call provider can tell you exactly how much a toll free service costs. If they don’t tell you, you should find another provider. Don’t be mean about it, just say no thanks.

Don’t forget that VoIP connections are usually free of charge for users to call in from. Some providers also provide this type of connection for free up to a limited amount of users.

Simple Is Better

Don’t you hate when you go to choose cable or cell phone service, and it’s all so complicated? You feel like they’re taking advantage of you. The best things are simple. The same goes for conference call costs. For example, you can have a clear picture of costs when the provider charges on a “participant per minute” usage basis.

This means only you – the administrator – gets billed, so no funny business with your clients. You only pay for what you use. If someone doesn’t call in, you don’t get charged. The most transparent conference call services will even have their charges fully outlined on their website.

Account Set Up & Monthly Fees

Some conference call providers will try to charge you a bunch of extra fees like membership, account activation or monthly charges. These are just ways to drain money out of your wallet. Don’t fall for it. Again, don’t get mad. Just walk away.

Don’t worry though. You can get a conference call service that doesn’t overcharge you or try to add on pointless extra charges.

Conclusion

Conference call costs don’t have to be confusing or deceptive. The best providers will outline everything for you up front. This avoids confusion and participant inconvenience. Take control of your conference call costs by hooking up with a provider that makes things simple for you.

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V.H.C. for myGC

How to enable Onavo protect on china mobile phones

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I have struggled to get Onavo protect VPN to work on my China Mobile phone and have finally resolved the issue and felt that it could be worth sharing with the community.

It turns out the solution is quite easy: uninstall Onavo, take out the SIM card, connect to a WiFi network, re-download and install Onavo again and it should work! (then you can re-insert the SIM card of course)

I am currently running Onavo Protect version 1.11

Hope it helps!

Have great conferences!

E.B. for myGC

 

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Features of the Best Conference Call App

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When looking for the best conference call app, what features should you look for? Not all conference call apps are the same. For example, should you go with VoIP or not? Remember, your business communication is on the line, so quality is essential. The best apps should do it right in every category.

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Only You Need to Download the Conference Call App

Nothing will annoy partners and clients more than having to download an app to talk to you. Okay, an itchy sweater might annoy them more, but make life simple with an app that only you have to download. All other meeting participants can be called directly on their regular or mobile phone. Make it easy for them – and for you.

Multi-Person Calls

It is a conference call after all, isn’t it? Still, some providers might limit the number of participants allowed in the meeting. The best conference call apps let you to have up to 10 participants. Any more than 10 and a conference call might not be your best way to communicate – a pizza party or soccer game might be better instead.

No-Scheduling Needed

Modern conference call apps shouldn’t require scheduling. The best solutions allow you to call people directly. How does it work? First, you choose all the people you want to call from your address book. Then you tap “Start Conference” and the app’s servers call everyone at their phone number. When the participants answer, they’re automatically admitted into the conference call.

This feature is awesome for on-the-go calls. Need to reach a quick decision or brainstorm with several people now? The best apps let you call them all at once at the touch of a button. Simple!

No VoIP Please

Even though VoIP technology is improving and useful, for conference calls it’s best to stick to regular phone or cell phone connections. VoIP can be shaky and unreliable. Steer clear of apps that depend on VoIP. This also frees your participants from needing an Internet connection to participate.

Reliable & Inexpensive Carrier Network

If you’re calling long distance or international, you better check the calling rates. International calls can be very expensive especially with those extra chatty clients – you know the one. So find an app with a carrier network that has local connections in many countries. This serves two functions: higher quality and lower cost.

The Best Conference Call App

Like we said earlier, the best conference call app satisfies ALL of the above. Your app should make life easier for you. Don’t settle for anything less.

MyGlobalConference app has all the bells and whistles you need. Learn more about the conference call app that allows you to do business better and faster.

 

have great conferences!

V.H.C. for myGC

 

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How conference calls work? a glossary…

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The Mysterious Conference Call

It’s a Friday morning and all you’re thinking about is the TGIF drinks tonight as you walk into the office. Suddenly, your boss pops by and says: “Hey! Please arrange a con call later this evening at our office. Let’s get Sally from New York to dial in to our teleconference and Jane from Italy and perhaps, we can all have an audioconference together to get this project going.”

Okay wait. What?

What a party pooper! If you’ve no idea what conference calls are or how they work, you wouldn’t have a clue to what was just said. Con call, teleconference and audioconference are all jargons for the meaning “conference call”.

A conference call is simply a group of 3 or more and even over 3 thousand parties, conversing simultaneously over the phone or a conference call app that is designed to host such a call. These calls can also be made locally or globally with participants dialling in with a given number and a pin code.

Now hang on tight folks, we are now going to tell you what you need to know about the mysterious conference call.

When are conference calls used and are there different types?

Companies use conference calls to converse or distribute information to a varied number of callers at the same time. There are two basic types of a conference calls – The “meet me type” which all participants including the administrator or host, dial in to a common number and the “ad hoc type”, which the host calls each participant to connect the call.

How you can set up a conference call

A company can simply call and sign up with a conference call provider and get everything going immediately. We highly recommend a service that gives you call recording, participant dial out capabilities and dialling in from Skype, SIP or WebRTC.

If you’re in a company that has offices around the region or globally, you may want to strongly consider a service provider that would allow you to have a central billing account as well.

Jargons commonly used that you absolutely need to know

Dialling in / Dial in: The act of dialling a phone number to connect to the central host of the conference call. A conference call service provider would have their own set of phone numbers that you can dial and upon entering a pin code, you will get connected to the host of the call.

Dialling out / Dial out: The act of the administrator / host of the call to call someone outside of the current conference call to add him/her in. It is worthwhile to note that not all conference call providers can provide such a service.

Pin / Call pin code: Each conference call has its own set of pin codes which would need to be entered after dialling the phone number. After entering the pin, the caller will be given access to the call that he/she should be joining.

Administrator / Host: The administrator or host of the call is usually the one who organizes the conference and has a few other controls over the call, such as muting participants or removing them completely. The administrators are also the ones who will be billed for the call.

Reservationless / Permanent conference: These are terms used to describe a non-expiring conference call service, which also means you can have a conference call anytime with no setup needed. The administrator typically owns 2 conference call pins, one for the administrator and one for the participants. They can be used anytime.

Scheduled conference: A type of conference call that is scheduled at a specific time for a specific set of participants. The call pin codes are unique to the conference call only and expire after the end of the call.

Local access number(s): These are the local telephone numbers that you need to dial to connect to a conference call. Most conference call service providers have local access numbers in many countries so that participants do not need to call international phone numbers for connection.

Additional Information

Setting up a conference call is a lot easier once you know the basics of functionality and its jargons. To find out about what a conference call provider can do for you, please click this link here.

 

Nigel Sim for myGC

 

The best conference call app available: myGlobalConference’s

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Some time ago we soft-launched our App, it allows you to call up to 10 participants directly on their phones. That means instant conference calls!

All the calls are placed by our servers, so you don’t pay any international long distance rates!

Give it a try, tell us what you think!

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If you have a myglobalconference account, you can link it to the app and use it seamlessly!

Have great conferences,

myGC

Skype conference call? Yes you can with myGlobalConference

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myGlobalConference allows you to dial into your conference call through Skype for free!

…how does it work

2 ways to hold a Skype Conference call with myGlobalConference; one is free, the other is not, beware!

  • the free way consists in adding the user “myglobalconference” to your contacts list in Skype. We automatically accept your invitation and as soon as you call the “myglobalconference” user you are immediately prompted by our system to enter the conference code. No need to worry about dialing a number nor calling nationally nor internationally. You could do it from your mobile phone as well! (data network permitting of course, provided you have the Skype app installed)
  • the non-free way…is if you use Skype to dial one of our dial-in phone numbers. Technically it works… except you get charged by Skype for the phone call (unless you have a flat rate plan… in which case it is still free for you)

You have been warned!

Of course, not every participant needs to dial-in using Skype… the others can connect to the conference call using more traditional methods (landline, mobile phone for instace). Quite practical!

…any drawbacks? What’s the fine print?

Skype uses VoIP technology (Voice over IP); in other words it uses the internet to place calls and connect your computer to the phone system. By definition the call quality is dependent on the quality of your internet connection and the overall traffic levels on the internet at that time of day. Usually it works fine, but sometimes the call could drop, or the voice quality might suffer… this is completely independent from myGlobalConference. With such conditions, even Skype-to-Skype and Skype-to-Phone calls would suffer from the same hiccups. When this happens, we can only recommend to go back to the good old landline or mobile phone to place the call.

Hoping this helps to better understand what happens behind the scenes!

Have great conferences!

myGC

more info: https://www.myglobalconference.com/faq_coverage (see Skype Conference call section)

 

Things to do during conference calls…

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I stumbled upon this article from the New York Times on Conference calls… quite interesting to read that many multitask during conference calls… what do you do during conference calls?

Do you practice yoga? Clean your house? Read your email backlog? …

The article argues that there are 3 types of calls people attend: The ones you lead, the ones where you actively participate in and the ones your “are in cc of”… for the latter, you are basically tuning in and listening, sometimes chipping in with some half-smart comment. Those are the ones where you can afford to do something else during the call I guess… When you are leading or actively participating your full attention is needed… yet doing some simple repetitive task while talking can actually improve your concentration… some folks like to juggle, iron clothes, drive… often times just standing is enough to make your conversation more focused and to the point.

Happy conferencing! Happy holidays!

myGC