The Conference Call

Doug Lorriman | May 5th, 2014 | No Comments

When telephone conference calls first became widely available, all of us who attended meetings on a regular basis rejoiced in the freedom this gave us. Conference call meetings meant that we did not have to travel, near or far, to be take part in the meeting. We could be anywhere as long as we had access to a phone line at the appointed time.

Then along came online meetings which improved things again. We can now not only hear each other on the line but see each other and share documents as well. Great…or is it really?.

One downside of this new capability was that everyone has to be available at the same time, regardless of where they are and what time zone they are in. The group member usually has some control over this, but not all group members exercise the same level of control.

A more important downside, over which most of us have very limited control, is the complete reliance on technology for the meeting to be successful. Every participant’s phone and/or internet line must be clear and their equipment must be operating properly. Sometimes, a technical problem at one participant’s location can affect all.

Everyone has their own stories on this front but I thought you might be enjoy these two short videos:

One by Tim and Kris O’Shea:

and the other by Tripp and Tyler:


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