Conference calls, web conferences, video conferences… they make business so much easier, don't they? And at their most basic, they are easy to setup and easy to run. So if a no frills, simple conference call is easy, then does that mean a complex one is hard to do?
The answer is a quiet, dignified, "No." Putting the extra touch and polish on a conference call is easy with a little forethought. To get you started, here are a few ways to accent your next conference call:
Guest Moderator – Hiring an average speaker for a meeting or presentation can be costly; especially if they have to travel far to you. With conference calls, travel isn't necessary. And because a guest moderator only has to talk on the phone for an hour or so, their honorarium is much, much less. Lower costs for you and less inconvenience for the guest means you are able to hire a much wider range of people including celebrities and industry superstars!
Why Not Add Video – Let's say you have two offices, one on each coast. You're planning a meeting between them from their respective conference rooms, each circled round a speaker phone. Obviously, you could make this happen with a simple phone call, but let"s improve on that. Start a video conference, have a laptop and webcam at each table, and hook up the laptops to large monitors. Now you don"t have two disembodied groups anymore. Instead, your two offices are talking—and seeing who's doing the talking—as if they were just across the hall from each other.
PowerPoint Pizzazz – Among other things, web conferences have a singular feature going for them: you can put the contents of your entire laptop in front of any and all of your participants at the same time. You can share a design—or video, website, graph, document—and they can study it as if it was on their computer… because it basically is. Showing your participants something is much more powerful than telling them about it. And that power is available in each and every web conference you do.