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Conference Calling Program Features to Look For

March 29, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 172

Conferencing programs may seem pretty cut and dry, but there are actually many differences between programs. And some features may affect the success of your calls. Whether you decide to use a free conferencing program or one you have to pay for, there can be a number of important differences. That is not to say a paid program is better than a free one -- because some free programs are better than some paid programs.

To get the program that will benefit you the most, you need to look closely at all of the features offered in a specific program. There are a few features in particular you will want to look for in your conference calling program before you make a final decision.

Video Options - Many programs have video options which can be highly useful in a variety of situations. Many individuals simply prefer to have video so meetings are more personal. Others may choose this option because they use conferences to communicate with family they do not see often. Whatever reasons you may have for wanting a video option in your conference calling program it is available even with free conferencing programs.

Number of Callers Allowed - Some programs for conferencing only allow a few callers to call in while others have no limit. And another factor to consider will be how good the technology of a program is... you do not want a program that does nothing but cause you technical problems. Be sure to take into consideration how many callers you will typically be dealing with, so you use the right program for your needs.

Billing Options Available - Although many programs can be downloaded for free online, some do charge. If you decide you are going to use a paid program, be sure to understand how the billing works and what kind of options you have. Some programs may charge by the month while others may charge by the number of calls. Factors such as these are very important if you will be using your program often.

Conferencing Program Capabilities - Last but not least you want to look at other capabilities a conferencing program may have. Although you may not need a sophisticated program if you are just using it for personal use, you may need more options for business use. Certain capabilities, such as being able to set a tipping point and being able to set a certain time limit, may be available that will make your conference meetings even more successful which is something you can surely appreciate.

There are so many conference calling programs available to choose from these days that choosing the right one may seem difficult... but it really is not. The main thing: Be sure you will have the features you need to be successful in your conference call meetings.

A consultant to Rondee.com's free conference calls offering, author Andy Court is a communications expert. Andy has commented extensively on the use of conferencing technology to improve effectiveness.

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