An employee may consider working from home a lucky option. Telecommuting can
be a benefit to both the employer and the employee. It does have some challenges. For example, some employees spend
the bulk of their time away from the office.
Contact with that person can suffer and cause employee isolation. Also, those off site team members may be unaware
of the minor changes that take place in the office. These problems can be avoided with regular conference calls.
One of the best tools is also the simplest: conference calls services. Whether you have a single employee working from home or an entire virtual team,
regular conference calls
are a must.
For the individual telecommuter, being included in weekly staff meetings ensures that she is aware of the day-to-day
changes, updates, and issues affecting your business. It also allows the telecommuter to contribute ideas, raise
concerns, and remain involved.
Whether your company has one telecommuter or an entire virtual team, conferencing services
keep teams connected, no matter where in the world they happen to be. With international conference calls they can stay connected to headquarters easily
even when overseas.
The strategy for unlimited worldwide collaboration
If you hold global conference calls with geographically diverse attendees, using a plan that has a wide international
network of access numbers is important.
Holding a traditional conference call can be a challenge because many participants can't dial your country's toll
free number and may hesitate at dialing in directly due to concerns about the potential cost.
By using a host-pays global conference plan, you can chair group calls as needed as well as issue local phone numbers
for the majority of the world including Canada, US, Antigua, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados,
Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cyprus, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland,
Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Korea, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Montserrat, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway,
Panama, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, St. Kitts/Nevis, St. Lucia, St.
Vincent, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Trinidad, Tobago, UAE, UK, Uruguay and Venezuela
If you host conferences often, your conferencing costs can be a significant part of your operating budget.
It is possible to manage the conference costs and replace high cost services with a low cost, reliable conferencing
A couple of different low cost service strategies exist: active cost management or an unlimited conference call plan. If you make occasional calls, taking
a more active role in the call's planning can lead to lower costs. On the other hand, if you hold regular conferences,
an unlimited conferencing service may be the better choice.
These days, many participants that dial-in from their home office or cell phone have included nationwide long distance.
Those participants would not have any extra long distance fees to pay to call a standard U.S. toll number.
Types of Conference Calls
Toll-free, standard toll, International conference call, Video and Web Conferencing
With toll free conferencing, all participants dial a toll free 800 number to access your phone meeting.
The call is free to the caller.
With a toll
free plan, the main benefit is that the access to the call is paid for by the host and removes any obstacles
related to expense on behalf of the attendee.
The International Phone Collaboration plan also offers Toll Free access for the participants. The toll free dial-in
numbers are available from 62 countries.
Setting Up a Domestic or International Conference Call Line
Whether you operate a large international corporation or a small one, having a conference call line allows your
team to quickly and easily connect for group audio conferences. Depending on your phone system, you may have basic
conference call features available. However, your system may limit the number of participants or lack support for
international callers. If this is the case, or if your phone system does not offer teleconferencing whatsoever,
you can set up your own international conference call line by using an international conference call service. Here's
how it works.
1. Choose an international conference call service that supports the countries where your participants are located.
For example, if your main office is located in Canada and you have regional offices in Malaysia, Mexico, and Austria,
you'll want to set up an international conference call line that allows callers from each of those countries to
call local toll free numbers that automatically forward to your Canadian office.
2. Compare calling plans. You'll find dozens of services that allow you to host international conference calls,
but not all are created equally. Some offer unlimited group conference calls for a flat fee; others are "free"
but come with annoying advertisements; some have minimum monthly usage requirements and bill you regardless of
whether you used the service; some require a lengthy one- or two-year term and have hefty early termination penalties;
others are offered on a pay-as-you-go basis. To make the best choice, consider how you will use your international
conference call line. If you anticipate daily international conference calls, an unlimited plan would likely be
a great choice. On the other hand, if you expect usage patterns to fluctuate, a pay-as-you-go, no-contract plan
may be the smarter move.
3. Choose the right features. The best international conference call lines take advantage of the best telecommunications
carriers and networks. Look for a service that uses a traditional global PSTN network as this will provide you
with the ultimate in reliability and sound quality. Other important features to look for include: moderator dial-out,
session recordings (MP3 files), integration with Microsoft Outlook, 24/7 live operator assistance, programmed dial-out,
attendance reports, online account management dashboards, and reservation-less scheduling.
Setting up an international conference call line on a no-contract, pay-as-you-go basis is one of the most flexible
options available. With toll free access numbers for over 100 countries and low per minute rates, aitelephone.com
is an affordable option for companies of all sizes. Better yet, AIT is loaded with the features you want and uses
PSTN networks resulting in exceptional audio quality with no fading, distortion, dropouts, or muffled sounds commonly
associated with cheap Internet connections.
Conferencing users may host daily conference meetings while others use conferencing only periodically.
Many enterprises that are global in scope find international conferencing a very valuable overseas collaboration strategy and simply could not do business abroad
Phone conferencing is often referred to as the green alternative to face-to-face meetings. It is obviously a huge
money and time saver plus it mitigates costs in so many other ways too numerous to mention here.
"I am pleasantly surprised how clear the call was. We had
five callers including one in India and London, Canada and one in the Hawaii office plus me in New York. I will
continue to use your service for our weekly international conferences."
Max O. -New York, NY "The service gives us a great rate for toll free conferencing
because we have US and Canada conference call participants. The combined rate is hard to beat."
Margi S. -San Rafael, CA
"Can only report positive experiences with AIT's toll free
conference calling plan. Very responsive support when we've need it, it's been all good."
Barbara F. -Pittsburgh, PA
"Toll free conferencing is a must for our calls because
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David Z. -Miami, FL
"We signed up and have been using your service alongside
the old service just to see which one we like most. Your service has better sound quality and there have been no
connections problems for our group on the weekly conference calls. Thanks."
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"I've used conferencing services for years. I usually
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Carol S. -Houston, TX