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What is One-Touch Conferencing?

When it comes to Mobile Conferencing, what does ‘One-Touch Access’ actually mean?

One-Touch Into Any Meeting, Hands Free Dialing, Conference Calling, Easy, Mobile Conferencing Call AppAlthough commonly used in the world of conference call services, the term ‘One-Touch Access’ lends itself to a broad range of possible definitions. In our opinion, it shouldn’t matter whether a conference service requires you to enter one code or three – joining should always be as simple as a single touch. In light of its rising popularity, we’d like to take a moment to touch upon our definition of one-touch conferencing and outline the key features of the MobileDay app that simplifies conference calling on iPhone and Android.

 

  1. Auto-detection of conference calls within calendar invites

  2. Custom dialing sequences for each conference number

  3. Auto-recognition and dialing when you’re the host

  4. Carrier and location specific dialing

Auto-detection of conference calls – As a guest to any meeting, you have litte control over the format that the host uses to provide the conference details. We know this, that’s why MobileDay’s call detection logic has been built to recognize a wide range of conference formats and terms so that you’re notified each time you have a call.
Custom Dialing Sequences – All conference phone numbers are not the same, and the use of generic dialing sequences often fails. The MobileDay App takes care of this for you by identifying and applying the sequence for each conference number. In addition, the app also accounts for the different device and OS dialing behaviors.
Hosting Calls – When joining a call that you host, it’s rare that you dial the same codes and extraneous characters as your guests. A truly One-Touch service recognizes when you are the host, and knows to dial you in using your custom host sequence. It may be easier to remember your own codes, but we prefer to remember and dial them for you so you can keep your eyes on the road and stay focused on what’s important.
Carrier-specific Rules – Depending on where you are and where you are calling, your carrier may require that you dial into the conference call a little differently. For example, certain Canadian mobile carriers require a ‘1’ to be dialed first when making a long-distance call but do not require it when it’s a local call. For a one-touch experience, the MobileDay app handles this without your involvement.
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10 Tips for Hosting a Productive Conference Call

conference_call_We’ve all had dreadful conference calls. You know the kind – the ones that drag on forever without accomplishing much at all, the ones where you get static, echoes and the sound of someone eating their lunch, the ones that get dominated by one speaker. Now that joining conference calls and online meetings from your mobile phone is easier than ever before, here are 10 tips on making them more productive.

1. Share the agenda with all participants

Would you call a meeting if you didn’t have an agenda? No! Why waste the time? Send the agenda early on so the participants will have time to prepare before the call. You will get more done when everyone is prepared. Agendas will also keep participants focused and allow for easy transitions.

2. Start on time

Waiting for everyone irritates those who were on time and rewards the laggards. Instead, reward those who were on time by starting the call when it was scheduled.

3. Have everyone introduce themselves

As a way of easing into the discussion, have everyone say their name, role and location. Participants will feel more comfortable when they know whom they’re addressing.

4. Gently remind everyone to mute their phone when not speaking

Odds are someone will be dialing in via their mobile phone, on speakerphone, or both! Eliminate the sounds of static, echoes and background noise by having everyone mute their lines. Remind landline callers not to place the call on hold and remind everyone to unmute themselves before speaking. Become familiar with how to mute with your conference call setup.

5. Address everyone by their name and role or location

If participants are unfamiliar with each other, refer to everyone by their name and location, i.e. “How do you see this, Nancy in New York?” This way everyone knows who’s talking and gives perspective to their comments.

6. If the call is scheduled for over an hour plan for breaks

Participants will need time to freshen up – get some water or coffee, use the restroom. Scheduling these breaks avoids a disruption during an important discussion.

7. Keep notes on who is and isn’t contributing

Encourage everyone to contribute. Quiet participants may need some persuading.

8. Summarize and review actions

At the end of the meeting, summarize the findings and ask each participant to go over their action items. This will bring everyone to the same page and let everyone know what to expect from each other.

9. Share meeting notes with all participants

Make sure everyone receives a summary of the meeting including the list of attendees, what was discussed, a brief summary and action steps. This will help everyone reference the meeting and keep track of their action items.

10. Dial into your conference with MobileDay

Don’t get worked up before the meeting digging around your email looking for the dial-in info and then trying to dial all those codes! Let MobileDay dial you in with just one touch and make it simple to set up conference calls! MobileDay is a free conference calling app for iPhone and Android.  http://mobileday.com for more info.

Thanks for reading. Have you got more great conference call tips?  Please leave a comment and add to the discussion.