Conference calling is growing evermore popular in the business world, with large corporations connecting with their employees and clients all around the world. It is a common misconception, though, that phone conference calls are something only huge, multinational corporations should partake in. They can also be very beneficial, cost effective and efficient ways to keep a small business running smoothly.
Many conference call companies even offer free conferencing now, which is perfect for businesses that want to dabble in the practice but are not quite sure of its benefits. The obvious benefit is that your business can function smoothly without the need to get everybody in the same place at the same time for meetings. Moreover, if it is free for your employees, which often means that you will only have to pay the price of the local phone call, it will not meet the disapproval of your team.
The downside to conference calling is that you are never entirely sure that everybody in the meeting is giving it 100 per cent concentration. This is often difficult enough as it is in a conference room, but a virtual conference room with phones means that you might not always get full attention. In reality, though, this applies more to large businesses who actually have staff members stationed in various locations.
For small businesses, conference calling is primarily a tool for communicating with clients over long distances. In this respect, it cannot meet the disapproval of clients, or potential clients, because it means that they will not only have no costs to pay, but they will also have no travelling to do to ‘get to’ the meeting with you.
This also saves precious time in everybody’s working days, so your clients will often be willing to give you more time in the actual meeting. If you want to arrange a conference call with a client, make sure that you communicate that they won’t have anything to pay for it. This will increase their likelihood of agreeing to the call and might even improve the image of your business.
Indeed, sometimes it is better to have a meeting in person but, as you will know, this is not always possible. Conference calling is a great alternative for everybody. Even if you don’t think they will agree to a conference over the phone, the best you can do is suggest it. Bringing conference calling to your business, no matter how small, might just be the best thing you ever do – but only if it is utilised to its full potential.
This helpful article was kindly provided by Matthew Scott of www.PowWowNow.co.uk. Visit their website for all your small business conferencing needs.