Conference Call Tips and Tricks

by : Ajeet Khurana

This is the digital era. And we are seeing the rise of audio conferencing being used in business houses to communicate with people from around the world. If you are attending your first conference call you may have a false idea of the real process. It is just a virtual meeting. Remember that this is just another version of your regular business meeting.

A personal conference call from the comfort of your home may grant you some leeway in your appearance and dress, but that is all.

If you want to have a successful conference call, you need to understand what it is all about. You have to understand the differences and similarities that it has with a normal conference or meeting.

Make sure that you go to the conference call absolutely prepared. Do not take the call lightly. You need to have reviewed all of the related materials and have an established understanding of the issues before you go into the meeting. One of the best ways to ruin a teleconference is to have an uninformed audience barely comprehending the speakers. If you are attending a conference call, you will have to be prepared with some other things as well.

You should have your dial-in code in an accessible location to avoid the last minute panic to find your number. Your conference call equipment should also be checked to ensure that everything is how you want it. The microphone should be set at an audible volume that isn't too loud and any loud noisemakers around your desk or on your person should be turned off or put away.

If you want your conference call to run off smoothly, prepare a plan for the same. Each discussion should be allotted a specific time. You should take a few minutes and understand just how the meeting is going to break down so that you can adopt your questions and speeches to meet the agenda.

The conference call itself mainly just requires basic etiquette that you would show at any other meeting. It is a serious business meeting. Don't think that you can multitask or do what you want during the boring parts. This is not just a regular phone call.

Background noise is often very clear during a conference call and eating a bag of potato chips during your boss's speech is probably not a good idea. Remember to speak clearly since your audience will rely solely on audio cues for information since your facial expression will not be seen by anyone outside of the room. The point to remember is that these are your business associates and you need to prove yourself.

If you are the host, then you will have to take care of certain things. The host should log on early to greet members as they sign in and introduce them to each other. Remember to introduce new speakers and clearly give a little background information on anyone involved so that listeners have a good understanding of all the information.

It is the job of the host to guide the discussion. The host should be alert enough to ensure that everyone remains focused on the purpose of the call.

If you follow all of these basic tips you should find yourself on the path to a good conference call. All you have to do is be friendly and focused and the call will go off well.