The Technology Behind Phone ConferencingEveryone who has ever worked in an office knows that “Monday morning meeting” feeling. The dread of being stuck in room with colleagues for two hours and being asked to “brainstorm ideas”. Debate has raged on in recent years as to whether or not meetings are actually a good idea – academics specialising in the business field have argued that meetings hinder, rather than foster creativity and good relations. Whichever side of the debate you stand on, however, there is one thing you can be sure, and that is that meetings are not going away any time soon. But the way we hold them is changing, and fast.

The rise of telephone conferencing

The last decade has been an ongoing watershed moment for businesses in the way that employees work. Working at home, once a rarely heard of concept, has seen an inexorable rise in popularity over the last few years as businesses have adapted to growing demand for flexible working. Many businesses are now far more reliant on freelancers who do not necessarily work from the office than they were in the past, and of course with business being a global concept, many companies have staff based in offices all over the world. All of which has made gathering everyone in one room for a meeting rather tricky. Enter telephone conferencing, enter

How it works

Telephone conferencing refers to real-time conversation between multiple people who aren’t all in the same place. It works like a normal phone call, except participants have to “log in” on their phones using a passcode, and calls are routed through a conference bridge, which is like a computer server or switchboard that can answer multiple calls at the same time. There are now some great online services that allow you to hold telephone conferences with ease, and is one of them. Simply log on, send the handy invitation template to your participants and call the dial in number you were given, enter your conference room number and et voilĂ , you’ve started a conference call.

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