I read an interesting tweet this morning from @lanakila that was very thought provoking. It said "can anyone REALLY prepare for a conference call?". The answer to that question is yes, as long as you're looking ahead. The number one rule of conferencing is to not wait until the last moment. If you get an invitation for a conference, then you should put it on your calendar, and make sure you are aware of it.
For those hosting a conference call, be sure that you've been upfront about the subject of the conference. If you're on a team meeting for a new project, you want to make sure that the ones you have invited know that this is what the conference is about. Never assume that people will know that the conference call is regarding. You need to have the right people come with the right information in order to make it work.
If you're participating in a conference, make sure you read the details of the invite and think "how does this apply to me?". There's a reason you've been invited. Perhaps you're a member of the project team, and if so, what is your role? What information do you have that can make the conference a failure or a success? You could possibly be a department manager and you must now be responsible for informing your department of rule changes or new information.
Is there a better way to try to prepare for a conference call?
How do you prepare for meetings or conferences?