Pete’s Conference Call Survival Tips

Me + HeadsetThis is big conference call week for me — I think I’m into hour number eight of a week long cavalcade of web redesign specification calls today. One thing that’s made a huge difference is using a headset for the calls instead of a regular telephone (as had been my habit to this point).

The benefits are several: much less neck strain, ability to type notes into the redesign wiki while the call is in progress, handy volume control and mute button on the headset.

My headset is a $20 Nexxtech USB model from Radio Shack; I’ve been using it with Skype this week simply because I don’t have a soft-phone set up to wire into my Asterisk phone system (I need to get one, as the quality with SIP is much better than I’ve been experiencing with Skype). Because the conference call number is toll-free, it hasn’t cost me a cent.


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Dan James on February 5, 2009 - 21:30 Permalink

Despite mocking you the other day for wearing a headset mic for your presentation I too wear a headset for calls for all of the above reasons.

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Conference Call Guy on December 10, 2009 - 12:44 Permalink

Interesting that you choose Nexxtech USB — I have the FM version and it allows me to pace round the room which I find key in order to getting my point across.