Back in the day, to have a meeting you had to ensure that all participants could be at a proposed spot at the same time on the same day. They had to be ready to go and get business done. This could easily take up half of a day. Thankfully that is no longer the case.
Now, meetings are much easier to host and to attend. They’re not as boring and dull, and they are also quicker. This is all thanks to something called audio conferencing.
Sometimes audioconferencing is called teleconferencing, or teleseminar. This is a method for holding conferences via technology, generally through telephone or computer.
Often this is very easy to set up. You just attach a special device to a telephone and you are ready to host. You can have more than five people at your meeting, without them having to be in the same place. You can have meetings anywhere, any time.
This is the biggest advantage to this meeting technique. If you have access to a phone, you can be part of a audio conference. You don′t have to be on site. Because of that, you don′t have to look business ready. You can be at home, even, and still ‘make it’ to the meeting.
If you are a manager away on business, and you hear about a problem at work, you can call a meeting. If you work from home, and can′t make it in, you can still go to that meeting that gets called last minute.
Most of the audio conferencing held is used for business. Still, you can use this for pleasure too. Plenty of people use audio conferencing to keep in touch with friends and family who may live across the country, or across the world!
It works easily so long as a few guidelines are met. One important one is for all participants to have the correct time for the conference and the correct dial in number. Without these, they will not be able to participate. It’s also important for participants to know what the meeting will be about before it starts, so they can come prepared. Audioconference meetings should not be allowed to drag on.