Audio and Video Conferencing Icebreakers

June 11, 2019

How many times can you open a conference call with “one fun fact about yourself?” At this point in my career, my Name/Title/Fun Fact is on auto-repeat. However, a good icebreaker doesn’t have to illicit a roomful of eye rolls. Instead, icebreakers can be a great way to warm up the room, increase meeting participation and engagement.

A lot of conference calls are made up of people who aren’t familiar with each other.

How to Custom Brand Conference Calls

June 10, 2019

“You never get a second chance to make a first impression.” And a great way to make a positive impression with your conference call attendees is by customizing their experience. Every day we participate in numerous conference calls and video chats. With so many meetings, the calls can start to feel repetitive, mundane and easily forgettable.

Don’t let your meeting get lost among the workday clutter. Make sure your meeting stands out from the pack with signature conference call branding.

How To Set Up A Conference Call

June 4, 2019

Setting up a conference call is simple. Learn how by following these easy steps and start your conference call today.

Setting Up a Conference Call
  1. Create a conference call account if you don’t have one.
  2. Select appropriate dial-in numbers for your callers.
  3. Pick a date and time for your conference.
  4. Send a conference call invite.
  5. Dial into your conference at the appointed time.

Universal Service Fund (USF) Quarterly Rates

May 24, 2019

Current Universal Service Fund (USF) Rate
  • Q2 2019 – 18.8%
  • Q1 2019 – 20.0%
  • Q4 2018 – 20.1%
  • Q3 2018 – 17.9%
  • Q2 2018 – 18.4%

The Universal Service Fund (USF) is a government-administered fund used to support telecommunication services in rural and high-cost areas to low-income consumers, government facilities such as schools and libraries, and to healthcare facilities across the nation.

What Science Says About Productivity: 6 Strategies to Gain a Competitive Edge

May 14, 2019

In today’s competitive business environment, even small increases in productivity can be enough to create and sustain a competitive advantage. So, if you’ve tried all the routine tricks out there, these six pieces of diverse productivity research may offer new insight that can make you and your team even more productive.

Illness Causes Billions in Lost Productivity

“The cost of poor health to employers is greater than the combined revenues of Apple, Amazon,

Read Between The Lines: Client Body Language and Vocal Cues

May 8, 2019

You’ve done your homework. You’ve prepared for the big meeting. You’re standing in your Wonder Woman power pose. But, you’re unsure if the presentation is going over well. The room is silent and you can’t read your audience.

In professional just as in personal relationships, non-verbal communication often speaks louder than words. Are your clients interested? Confused? Bored?

Can you really get inside your client’s head?

Recognizing and interpreting body language cues can help you better understand your client’s needs.

Improve Your Online Meeting Etiquette

April 30, 2019

Did You Know that Proper Manners Help Make Your Online Meeting More Productive?

Online meetings are an invaluable tool for connecting with everyone. From prospects and clients to coworkers and remote team members around the world. With a simple conference call or the click of a link to a web meeting, you can carry out everything from sales calls to status updates with worldwide participants – and with the addition of video conferencing,

Vast Conference’s Favorite Podcasts: 2019

April 17, 2019

It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without someone wanting to tell you about their favorite podcast – business podcast included! There’s a lot of great content out there. As of 2019, there are over half a million podcasts available with which to fill your time. Who would have guessed that an informative entertainment format that harkens back to the early days of radio days could be repackaged to make such a significant impact on 21st-century culture?