Many moving parts go into running and sustaining a successful business. Some of these parts are more significant than others but, all of them are necessary.
This same rule applies to even the most insignificant parts of a business. A great example of this can be seen with a conference call. For a business, a conference call can be the primary method of communication between them and other businesses.
It can also be used to communicate with a client over virtually anything they might need to discuss. While it might not seem like an important factor in the grand span of things, we can see how a poor conference call can lead to more harm to a business than people realize.
As for what makes up a good conference call, that comes with a variety of different factors including preparation and the quality of the call. However, as we might expect, having a smooth conference call is much more detailed than that.
More than anything else, having a smooth call will also require attention to detail with every part of the process. To help make these processes easier to handle, here are nine things to look for in a conference call.
1. A Topic Or Agenda
Before anything else, make sure that there is a topic or agenda at hand to discuss. Going into a conference call blindly can make your business come off as unprofessional and unprepared.
2. A Secured Connection
Once an agenda is established, the next thing to look for in a call is a secure conference call connection. This can be tested by running sample calls before the real one your business has later.
3. A Conference Call Schedule
Another thing to keep in mind is a conference call schedule. Having a schedule will allow you to allocate time so that you are prepared, on-time, and know what to say during the call.
4. A Speaking Time Frame
Not to be confused with a schedule, a speaking time frame is more in regards to the amount of time someone has to speak. Knowing this before the call will give you an idea as to how fast or slow you need to talk during your turn. Also, it prevents you from interrupting someone else’s turn to speak which is unprofessional and rude otherwise.
5. Pre And Post-Call Notes
If you want to be a responsible business when it comes to conference calls, consider taking pre and post-call notes. Doing so will allow you to give critical feedback to the other party involved in the call.
6. Clear And Concise Communication
During the call itself, you also want to look out for clean and concise communication. If you hear that the communication is cutting on and off or sounds choppy, that might be a sign that you need to change the call source.
7. An Interpreter (For International Calls)
If your business has to take on an international call, finding an interpreter is another important thing to look out for. Apart from helping you translate languages, they can also be used to clear up anything you might have missed during the live call.
8. A Business Or Call Objective
Not to be confused with a conference topic or agenda, a conference call should also have a goal or objective. In other words, what is the point of making the call? If you can figure this out beforehand, it will make it easier to determine what your business needs to accomplish during the call.
9. Concluding Statements
Last but not least, make sure that all parties have a concluding statement. This serves the purpose of making sure everyone is satisfied with thier end of the call. Also, it allows all parties involved to make sure they hit their conference call objectives before the call ends.
The Qualities Of A Good Conference Call
Worth repeating, the qualities of a good conference call come naturally when you pay attention to detail. As an overall rule, make any preparations necessary to accommodate the other caller as opposed to accommodating the call for your business.