Audio Conferencing

Written by Gregory Parker
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More and more individuals are taking advantage of "flex-time" and work-from-home options. Further, with the new global marketplace, individuals working on a common project may not be located across town from each other, but across time zones and international boundaries. As a result, audio conferencing has never been more useful and beneficial.

Audio Conferencing: Benefits

Audio calls have distinct cost advantages compared to actual face-to-face meetings, when teammates are scattered across the country. Some conference call companies offer rates as low as 4 or 5 cents a minute, per attendee. Rates can be even lower for companies which place a high number of conference calls per month.

Audio calls offer time advantages as well. Travelling across town for a local meeting can eat up an hour or more in commuting alone. Audio conference calls require only the time it takes for the meeting itself. This lets attendees spend more time on other facets of their business day, and less time sitting in the car, in the cab, or on the subway.

Audio calls even offer more "human" interaction than some internet conferencing options. Compared specifically to real-time chat rooms, though the spontaneity levels are similar, subtle nuances can be lost when team members communicate solely through the written word. Audio communication allows attendees to hear not only what's being said, but the tone as well, which keeps the lines of communication, as it were, wide open.

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