Voice Conferencing

Written by Blaire Chandler-Wilcox
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Voice conferencing is the original, and in many ways, still the best way to connect business leaders located in different regions. The alternatives to voice conference would include old-fashioned face-to-face meetings, of course. But today, other options exist, including instant message boards, and video conferencing.

Advantages of Voice Conferences Over Other Mediums

Advantages voice conferencing have over "face-time" meetings include cost, and increased schedule flexibility. After all, it's easier for everyone to pick up a phone at 4:00 PM Eastern time than it is to actually fly to New York. And it's certainly cheaper.

Advantages voice conferencing has over text messaging and other real-time written word forums are multiple. One, unless your team members are skilled writers, most people express themselves better verbally than they do in writing. Two, emotional nuance can be lost in text-only forums, complicating communication. Three, text responses are posted in chronological, not topical order, which can result in apparently chaotic conversations.

At first glance, video conferencing would offer advantages over voice conferencing. After all, if being able to hear someone is a good thing, then seeing them at the same time would be great, right? Well, it depends. First, video conferencing is much more expensive than regular voice conferencing. Secondly, the equiPMent you're using for your video conference will have an enormous impact on the quality of image and sound. Mediocre equiPMent delivers mediocre sound and image quality, which can actually interfere with your effectiveness. Unless you've got the budget for prime electronic equiPMent, experts agree that voice conferencing is the best way to communicate over long distances.

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