What is a teleconference?
Teleconferences (also called teleseminars or teleclasses) are conducted entirely over the telephone, regardless of where you are in the world. It’s just like making a long distance call to a friend, but you connect with a large group. Teleconferences are rapidly becoming extremely popular as an inexpensive, easy-to-use training method.
Why take part in a teleconference?
Lots of reasons:
- take part right where you are
- no travelling time or cost
- no accommodation time or cost
- no time off work
- no need to arrange sitters for the kids or pets!
- wear what you like, even your jammies!
- save a bunch of money on conference costs
How does it work?
Once you register for the call by filling in the registration form for each call, you will receive an email containing detailed instructions including the phone number to dial or the website to visit at the time of the call, it’s easy! Just follow the instructions in the email.
What happens during the Teleconference?
A teleconference is an interactive information-sharing session by the instructor and participants. It usually follows the format of brief introductions, then a presentation or interview, and then the lines open for questions or comments. In other words, very similar to a live workshop.
How much will it cost?
For now, our teleconferences are free, provided because we love talking with you about these topics that make our hearts sing! While there’s no charge for you to participate in the actual call, you will have the normal fees to use your phone. The best teleconference services are provided in the USA at the moment, so the number is an international call from everywhere else. We use a calling card to dial in which means it costs about $1 an hour! We buy ours from phonecardsales.com and we only buy one about every two months, and we do a lot of teleconferencing!
What do I need to bring to a teleconference?
We will usually include a learning guide in PDF format, and will email the instructions for you to download the document a few days before the teleconference. Our learning guides have space for you to make notes, or asks questions for you to think about before the conference, to help you get into the optimal mindset. So it’s useful to print the learning guide beforehand and have it with you while you’re on the call.
What if I really want to be on the call, but the time doesn’t work for me?
We always record our calls in MP3 format. So register for teleconference anyway, and after the conference we’ll email you a link to the recording. You can listen to that on your computer.
Getting the Most From a Teleconference
- Plan to be fully present on the teleconference, by scheduling uninterrupted time just as you would if you were at a live conference. The only thing you should be doing while on the call or website, is taking notes or you will miss critical information and will not fully benefit from the experience.
- Call in a couple of minutes ahead of the scheduled start time so you can introduce yourself to the group, pose questions you’d like answered during the call or make any comments to the moderator before the teleconference starts.
- Please use a land line. A good-quality cordless phone is usually fine, and a headset is often useful so your hands are free to write notes. Internet VOIP phones can often be very buzzy on the line, so please avoid using these.
- Disable call-waiting or everyone on the call will hear the beeping when your calls come in.
- Please call from a quiet location. Everyone on the call can hear barking dogs, crying children, ringing phones, conversations, and even clicking keyboards, and those background noises make it difficult to hear each other and usually result in that section being edited out of the recording. Usually we mute all callers until the last 20 minutes or so when we have questions and answers, but if you experience an unexpected noise while the lines are open, please do the following:
Mute your phone with your mute button or *6
If a noise continues, the moderator will identify the noise and ask that participant to hit *6
If the noise doesn’t stop, the moderator will mute everyone except the host and any guest experts
- When commenting and/or asking a question, please say your name and where you are from, "Hi! I’m (Name) from (location), and (question/comment)". Please always be brief and to the point. Please try to present your question/situation as generally as possible so more people can ask questions and everyone can benefit from the answers.
- It’s common to start speaking at the same time as someone else and the moderator can’t tell who spoke. The moderator will usually confirm names to put on a list to speak. If you don’t hear your name, wait a few seconds for others to speak and then speak up.
Most of all, have fun! This is a great way to learn!