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The benefits of telephone conference calling


Conference calls allow you to talk with more than one person using your phone. This means that you can communicate with other people from different locations at the same time through a phone line or the Internet. With telephone conference calling, the caller wants to have more than one person listen in to the audio call. These services are designed to let your call partner speak during the call, or the call can be set up so that the called person can just to listen the call and cannot talk. This is a special type of audio conference.

Speak to many people without leaving your office!

Generally, you can join a telephone conference by dialing a conference bridge, which is a special phone that can handle many calls at once, or by using a special telephone number set up for this purpose. The calling party can call and add the other participants to the conference. Telephone conference calling requires some kind of special technical features, so companies generally use the services of a specialized conference call service provider.

By paying some extra charges, three-way calling is available for most customers on their home or office phone line. This option lets you add a second outgoing call to a call already connected at the same number.

Businesses use telephone conference calls regularly to meet with distant parties, both within and outside their company. That is definitely a useful way for communication with a client or colleague over a long distance. You an use these solutions to set up meetings, sales presentations, training classes and of course communication with employees who work at different locations. With conference calling, a company can save the travel costs of a live conference or meeting. In addition, not having to leave your office makes your work more productive.

Either just all work OR also fun ... with limits!

Conference calls can also be used for entertainment or chatting with your friends. People call in to a specified telephone number, and are connected to conversations with other callers. This is a very useful way to talk and meet new people.

However, there are obvious limitations to telephone conferences. You can't share visual information with other participants. In addition, there are many complex subjects that are too difficult to discuss over a telephone for more than two people. For example, it's hardly possible to hold a lengthy talk on concepts and ideas between several people using only voice calls.

A visual meeting is certainly an ideal way for communication, as you avoid communication barriers by meeting someone, and you can make a presentation much more effective. However, you must also consider the costs of these types of meetings. In most cases, you will find that you can deliver the necessary information to your clients or colleagues far away without the need for a physical meeting. At any rate, spending on travel costs alone is definitely a good reson to try telephone conference calling!

Go on to read about Making a Conference Call via the Internet



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