If you work a 9-5 job for a fairly large organization or agency, then chances are that you have been on one of those awkward, meaningless conference calls where half of the attendees are taking the call remotely. When you have remote attendees, things typically take a turn for the worse because you can’t read the body language of the room, hear everything that’s being said, understand who is talking when, are constantly interrupted by static or people who forget to hit the mute button, etc. Note: I am not discrediting the invention of online or video conference calls…I actually think it is an amazing technology if used correctly. However, I do think the general public or college students about to delve into the business world understand how a typical conference call unfolds.
2 Minutes Before The Call
Everyone Introduces Themselves
The Meeting Begins & Discussion Occurs
Someone Reveals Their Best Idea Ever
Connection Drops & Static Sounds
Passionate Employee Won’t Let Anyone Else Talk
Someone Interrupts Them & Questions Why We Need This Meeting
Someone Then Drops Your Name
You Add Immediate Value to the Heated Debate
Let’s All Make A Decision
The Conference Call Ends Early*
There you go, aspiring businessperson. The essences of the conference call has been revealed although typically the conference call DOES NOT end early (*only ideal scenarios).