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Calling on the Operator

Operator assist conference call options are numerous, although they are the most costly. With an operator assist on a conference call, many features become available that would not generally be offered otherwise. Here are some operator assist conference call options from one major vendor.

The first enhancement of your conference call that is offered with an operator assist is a Web based tool called Leader View that lets you have a real time view of participants. You as moderator can prioritize and screen your question and answer sessions. A visual Web conference upgrade with the assist of an operator can aid you in presenting your PowerPoint demonstrations, deliver a Web tour, or even a document collaboration or whiteboard.

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Phoning Freebies

One of the most prominent and one of the earliest, Internet Web conferencing vendors offers free Internet Web conferencing for 30 days. They’re confident that once a firm tries its Web conferencing services for the 30 day free trial they’ll sign on to pay for an extended length of time.

Let’s see what you get for this 30 day free Internet Web conferencing trial. To get started is easy. The first thing the moderating firm would need to do to start its 30 day free trial of Internet Web conferencing is to register and create a password and a user ID. Once this happens the moderator is able to host any number of Web conferencing events with any participants they wish. Participants do not need to register with the vendor. They just have to dial in.

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Rules of the Conference Call Road

Conference call etiquette is essential to keep your conference phone call productive, engaging and on schedule. Some conference call services will help you with some of these etiquette-based tasks.

Here are some general conference call etiquette tips, for the moderator as well as participants.

It is important, first off, that the moderator or presenter becomes as comfortable as possible talking in front of a group she or he cannot see. It might be good to practice this. We don’t realize until it happens, just how much we rely on visual feedback when doing a presentation.

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Use the Internet to Save on Conference Calls

Conference calling is the lifeblood of many modern businesses. By allowing meeting participants to participate via conference calls, it is possible to include stakeholders who are separated by hundreds or thousands of miles without incurring the expense of physically bringing everyone together. This both saves money and increased productivity. It is now possible to user the internet to save on conference calls and to make such calls more effective thereby increasing the impact of conference calls on your company’s bottom line.

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Talk Transcripts at No Charge

Free transcripts on conference calls in the financial industry came about as a result of federal legislation in October of 2000. The U.S. Security and Exchange Commission (SEC) passed its fair disclosure rule. This said that public companies must make information readily available to the public simultaneous with its providing it to securities analysts. One result of this ruling is that anyone is allowed to listen to the conference calls on quarterly earnings, and retrieve free transcripts.

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The Many Forms of the AT And T Conference Call

AT&T has long been an industry leader in many areas of telecommunications. As you might expect, AT&T has some of the most advanced conference call utilities available. Whether you need the most advanced conference call system available, or have much more modest conference calling requirements, there is sure to be an AT&T conference call package that meets all of your needs.

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They are Open to Conferencing

Open source web conferencing is in its early stages and some startups are still in alpha or beta but show great promise. Let’s look at a couple of these.

The first new open source Web conferencing product we’re looking at was just introduced by a reviewer online at the end of July, so it’s not even on the market yet though should be soon, possibly looking for a beta site.

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Going the Distance Effectively

In the days since the United States’ Nine Eleven terrorist disaster, effective conference calls have gone beyond important time and money saving business meetings to one of the many ways a business can remain intact during disaster and a means of keeping its employees safe.

Effective conference calls have always been a way for firms with scattered facilities or a need to speak with clients, vendors or other business associates to do so remotely. Effective conference calls enable remote business people to talk with each other and make major or minor business decisions without the need for costly and time consuming vehicle or plane trips. That’s a rather obvious advantage for effective business conference calls.

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Meeting Moolah

Web conferencing pricing from conference call service vendors is varied. Some charge for a limited number of seats and a fee based on minutes per month. These generally have an overage charge for additional minutes at a per minute price. Others simply charge by the minute. In general, Web conference pricing is tending toward monthly flat rates, or packages these Web conference services with others such as team work space and instant messaging.

Those Web conference vendors that offer flat rate monthly pricing usually bundle this as a package with a specified number of participants or just designate use by a specified host for unlimited service for the month.

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Where Talk is Cheap

There are a number of vendors that offer free conference calling for calls made in and between the USA and Canada. The limits generally are on the number of participants and the time frame. Some vendors limit the conference calls to 50 participants, while most allow up to 100 to attend. Time frames are generally one to three hours, with one hour being the usual. Where the cost comes in with these free USA and Canada free conference calling meetings is not with the vendor, but rather with the phone carriers. There is no toll free number to dial in with these free conference calling vendors so you may incur a long distance charge when you call within the USA or Canada.

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