Tip #1: How to dial into a conference call at lightning speed!

Welcome to the new year! This year, on top of our regular posts on telecommuting and working remotely, we will be hosting a series of posts on how to make conference calling more quick and efficient.

Nowadays, many of us dial into conference calls using a mobile or smartphone, and we all know that typing the local access code and the pin code takes a while (plus the frustration of having to look for the code in an email or calendar invite by switching applications etc… ). But that should not be a problem….

Insert a “,” when dialing a number for a 3~5 second pause

Most mobile phones allow you to dial a number including “pauses”, this is usually done by typing a comma ( “,” ) between the numbers you wish to dial automatically. You can also save phone numbers into your contact list including “pauses”!


For instance if you save number +390699268374,1234567 your mobile phone will dial +390699268374 first, then wait 3 seconds and then dial 1234567. This is very useful when you need to dial an extension after the main number of a company; but it can also be a very useful trick to dial into conference calls!

I recommend adding two commas for a total of 6 seconds of pause between the number and the pin code just to be on the safe side! Most phones support the comma (“,”), but many phones (Blackberry, iphone and many android smartphones) support the letter “p” or “x”. Check out your user manual or simply test it!.


Save your own reservationless conference favorite dial-ins and moderator pin code in your mobile’s contact list.

What I do is that I save my most used local dial-in numbers followed by two commas and my moderator pin code in my smartphone’s contacts list, so when the time comes to dial-in to my call, I just call up the saved contact and auto-dial into the conference! that easy!

The entry looks like this:

<Local dial-in number>,,<my reservationless conference moderator pin code>

(note that the comma might appear as a “p” in some phones)

I have one entry like this per local dial-in I frequently use (in my case Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany and Italy), and I add more as I need. That saves me a lot of time and hassle!

I hope you find this first tip useful,

have great conferences!

mGC

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