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How to Get People to Pay Attention on a Conference Call

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Have you ever been on a conference call and asked a question to a participant, only to be met with awkward silence or a stammered response because the participant had clearly stopped paying attention and wasn’t listening when you asked your question? In a situation like that, even though you weren’t at fault, you can’t help but feel a bit …

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How to Have a Successful Audio Conference

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Conference calling has long been a key facet of corporate work life but, for many, conference calling can still be a large source of frustration. Conference call technology has improved over the years; so why are we still suffering through bad audio conferences? The problem lies in user error. Sometimes conference call best practices go against our natural tendencies. In …

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8 Levels of Awkwardness on Disastrous Conference Calls

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Once again, your conference call starts late, runs long and is full of pauses and disruptions, but maybe no one noticed, right? Wrong! Behind the scenes, your meeting participants are wincing, yawning, multitasking and boiling with anger. Drink a cold glass of reality and see the faces behind your disastrous conference calls. Here are eight levels of awkwardness on conference …

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6 Phrases to Avoid During a Conference Call

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Regardless of whether you think the conference call is still relevant in 2015, they remain a staple of our business day. Whether you’re meeting with coworkers or external vendors or clients, the need to talk quickly and easily with groups isn’t going away anytime soon. However, the audio-only nature of conference calls can lead to some awkward, inefficient moments if …

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Office Etiquette: Don’t Be a Meeting Menace!

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Meetings are a powerful collaboration tool, and yet they’re often the butt of the joke. As it turns out, meetings themselves aren’t the problem: we may just be bad at them. Don’t let yourself be a meeting menace. Master these etiquette tips and keep your meetings productive: Start. On. Time. This should be a no-brainer right? You sent out an …

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Is the Conference Call Still Relevant in 2015?

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When an employee needs to collaborate across a distance, today they can communicate with video or even make a polished presentation using webcasting and webinars. With more engaging, interactive options available than ever, is the conference call still relevant in 2015? Are Conference Calls Still Relevant? Conference calls have a spotty reputation among workers. They are notorious for being unproductive, …

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3 Things You Should Never Say on a Conference Call

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, conference calls are an inevitable part of your workday. They’re so commonplace that Tripp and Tyler’s video mocking them has, as of this writing, over 8 and a half million views on YouTube. That’s a lot of mockery: The question, of course, is this: if they’re such a common part of our workday, why are …

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What Conference Calls Looked Like in the Past

Effective communication is imperative to the success of any business. The tools and methods used to communicate have significantly evolved over the years. From the pony express of the 1800s to today’s innovative voice and video communications, businesses have used their available resources to effectively communicate with others. Conference calls have been a very popular communications option. Party lines, one …

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Business Etiquette for Conference Calls

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Meetings happen every day in the business world. In fact, it is estimated that professionals attend 61 meetings per month. That’s a lot of conference calls, face-to-face meetings and web conferences. To ensure you make the best impression in your conference calls, try these 11 business etiquette tips. 1.       No secret attendees Include your attendee’s name in the body of …

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The 7 Worst People You Meet on Conference Calls

There’s something about the comfortable visual anonymity of the conference call that brings out the worst in people. It’s like they think “Well, no one can see what I’m doing, so let’s see how disruptive I can be!” Here are the 7 absolute worst people you meet on conference calls on a daily basis. Any of these sound familiar? 1) …

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White Paper: How to Create Windows for Powerful Business Connections with Customers

Economic pressures, technological advances, and market competition have transformed the way salespeople approach the business world- streamlining communication and opening doors to global commerce. We’ve come a long way from the days of door-to-door salesmen. But the right objectives with the wrong technology leave customers feeling like numbers. I explore how sales organizations can succeed in this new consumer-buyer era …

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Not Your Average Conference Call

It goes without saying at PGi we host a lot of meetings. A. Lot. Of. Meetings. In fact, we’ve been the technology behind nearly half a billion meetings in the last five years. The fearless blog team, which includes some superstars in our Care organization, started talking about some of the wacky calls that have taken place over the years. …

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