Get your dog off the line
By christophersaul on Jan 15, 2006
Whilst catching up on work and writing up the odd blog entry I've been listening to a couple of recordings off recent conference calls I've missed. I'm pretty sure that someone's dog was barking in the background of one, whilst another section had various people having a heated discussion in Spanish in the background. Guys! It's called a mute button. Pressing it means that you can have your pets be as noisy as they want and that your colleagues can pop in for a quick chat without everyone else on the line listening to your exciting exchanges. We recently had a company wide email with the subject 'Conference call etiquette'. I thought it was going to contain some tips on how to behave and how best to manage a conf call, but it was actually a request to make sure that the correct people listened in on calls. Time for an official set of recommendations I think, the most important being to have a chairperson manage larger calls to make sure things run smoothly. As an opinionated person, the appropriate group is welcome to solicit my thoughts on this subject!