Web Phone Conferencing

Written by Gregory Parker
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Web phone conferences sound more complicated than they actually are. If you've ever been on the phone with a friend while you were both online, and you were exploring the same site at the same time, then you've experienced a mini-web phone conference. Web phone conferences eliminate the need for expensive audio equiPMent, since they use a regular telephone line for the audio portion.

Advantages of Web Phone Conferencing

Special software packages are available to allow multiple users to have access to either documents or entire desktops. Programs also exist which allow users to take "virtual tours," and watch video, software, and Power Point-type demonstrations. Depending on the software and/or conference provider capabilities, participants can view documents and presentations, and also have full editing capabilities.

Web phone conferences allow people not only to talk to one another, but actively work together on a specific project. Instead of conversations like "Frank, when you've made these recommended changes, we'll look at layout. . ." the changes can be implemented right away. The issue of "layout" or any other next-steps can be addressed immediately, rather than having to wait until the next meeting. Productivity is considerably heightened.

Obviously the quality of web conference communication is dependent upon the quality of the hardware being used by participants. High speed connections are a must, as are dedicated phone lines, or cell phones with excellent signals. However, given the right equiPMent--and of course, the right personal preparation--web conferencing can eliminate many of the downsides of long-distance business communication.

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