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5 Cringe-Worthy Conference Call Personas. Are You One of Them?

Uttering the phrase “conference call” can cause a visceral reaction in the minds of many office workers. No matter what industry you find yourself in, engaging in multi-person calls is a necessary evil. Whether it’s on a subway platform or in the middle of dinner date, we’ve all had to take conference calls in less than ideal situations. But some conference call sins are decidedly worse than others.

While conference calls are beneficial for a variety of reasons, the annoyance factor increases by leaps and bounds if one of the following five conference call personalities is on the call.

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These Conference Call Security Best Practices Can Protect Your Business

Conference calls are a vital part of any business. They’re easier to schedule than in-person meetings (especially if you have international clients, partners, or employees) and are more productive than long, drawn-out email chains.

But even if you’re using industry-standard conference call best practices, how do you know if your conference calls are secure?

The last thing you want is to discuss sensitive information on a conference call only to find out after the fact that the conference line is compromised. That’s why taking conference calling security seriously is so important.

Not sure where to start? Read on for seven top conference call security best practices to learn how to lead a conference call that is as secure as possible for your business.  

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5 Tips to Improve Your International Conference Call Etiquette

There are a few reasons why international conference calls can seem more stressful than regular conference calls.

In addition to all the potential stressors associated with regular conference calls (think: dial-in numbers, access codes, and scheduling), international conference call stressors can be exacerbated by international time zones, long distance calling fees, and language and cultural barriers.

But fear not. We’ve put together a list of the top international conference call tips that will ensure your international conference call etiquette is top notch. With these tips, you can stop worrying about the logistics associated with international conference calling, and have more productive meetings.

International Conference Calling Etiquette:

  • Provide the Correct Local Conference Line Number
  • Ensure Each Caller Has the Right Access Code
  • Schedule Around International Time Zones
  • Understand Cultural Differences
  • Record and Transcribe Your International Conference Calls
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Scheduling Considerations for International Conference Calls

When it comes to doing business internationally, you’re bound to run into scheduling conflicts. More than ever, businesspeople and contract employees are collaborating from locations all over the world (and in different time zones).

If you have a designer in United States and a factory in South Korea, doing in-person meetings isn’t a realistic option.

Luckily, conference calls are an efficient way to conduct meetings big and small—and when it comes to international business matters, they’re a vital tool to getting things done.

But with everyone in different time zones across the globe, when is the best time for an international conference call? As leaders in international conference calling, we’ve got three quick and easy tips to help you find the perfect time to schedule an international conference call.

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International Conference Call Features for Large Businesses

More than ever, large businesses are turning to high-quality VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) conferencing services as their primary conference call solution.

Thanks to advancements in conference bridge technology, international conference calling is easy and affordable. But not all conferencing service providers are created equal.

While some offer robust features, others offer just the basics. That’s why knowing which international conference call options are available along with the features your large business really needs is so important.

Not sure where to start? Read on to learn five must-have features large businesses need from an international conference call service provider below.

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How Do International Conference Calls Work?

International conference calls seem like they would be more difficult to arrange and join than regular, domestic conference calls. But that’s not the case at all! As long as you have a good international conference call service like Branded Bridge Line, setting up, hosting, and participating in an international conference call is just as easy as it is with any other conference call.

There are a few differences between international and domestic conference calls, however, that you should take into consideration before embarking on your first international conference call. Read on to find out exactly how international conference calls work.

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6 Most Commonly Asked Questions About International Conference Calling

Depending on what kind of business you have and which countries you have clients or offices in, you might have the need for international conference calling services.

While most people are familiar with the concept of a regular, domestic conference call, you may be wondering how to make an international conference call.

Just because a conference call has participants from all over the world doesn’t mean it needs to be complicated; however, there are some significant differences between domestic and international conference calls that you should be aware of before you start hosting your own international conference calls.

In this post, we’ll go through six of the most common questions people have about how to make an international conference call and walk through the answers. It might seem like a simple endeavor, but the answers to these six questions could surprise you.

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7 Tips to Take Meeting Transcriptions to the Next Level

No matter what kind of meeting, having a good meeting transcription to refer to after the fact is the most effective way to ensure continued productivity.

Meeting transcriptions can also be leveraged for online marketing materials like e-books, newsletters, and premium digital content for your subscribers. It’s a win-win!

Having accurate, quality meeting transcriptions are a great thing for your business. But creating one isn’t as easy as it might seem. You might think that creating a transcription is as simple as typing out a conversation, but transcribing is an entirely different skill.

In this post we’ll cover some of the top tips for effective transcribing to help you take your meeting transcriptions to the next level.

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What Are Conference Call Transcripts & How Do they Work?

We’re all busy—and from emails to in-person meetings to conference calls, it can be difficult for busy professionals to remember every important detail from their day-to-day.

That’s why it’s vital for business professionals to have an efficient and easy way to review and search important conversations.

One of the reasons emails are such an important business communication tool is that they’re completely searchable. If you remember having an exchange with someone about a certain topic but don’t remember the details, it’s easy to go back to your email and search different keywords until you find what you’re looking for.

As we dive into the world of conference call transcriptions, we’ll look at the conference call transcript meaning and purpose, and how they can help make meetings as useful and easy to review as emails.

We’ll also look at what separates a bad conference call transcript from a good one.

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7 Actionable Tips for Recording Quality Conference Calls

Conference calls are still one of the most productive ways to conduct meetings, but it can sometimes feel like participants suffer from memory loss immediately after a conference call is over.One of the best ways to help your conference call participants remember what they said or promised to do on a call is to make a conference call recording. Recordings are an accurate and easy way to reference everything that was said during a conference call—but there are best practices for recording.

Read on for seven tips for conference call recording that will make your recordings better and more effective.

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A State-by-State Guide to Conference Call Recording Laws

Recording conference calls is a great way to supplement conference notes and increase productivity even after a conference call is over. But, is recording conference calls legal? Even if it’s never occurred to you, there are some grey areas around conference call recording laws that you need to be aware of before you start recording away.

We’ll dig into the specifics, but the important thing to remember is that each state has a different law when it comes to recording calls. So even if you’re in New York and recording calls is legal in your state, if there’s someone on the call from a different location, you’ll have to take their state laws into account before initiating a conference call recording. Let’s dive in.

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