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Tips for pain-free conference calls

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Conference calls can be productive or a chore.  Here are some tips to making your calls pain free from U.S. News & World Report’s careers editor, Laura McMullen.

  • Pay attention. Quit multitasking and just sit down and listen. Taking notes and participating in the conversation is always beneficial.
  • Don’t be afraid to speak up. If you’re confused about what someone is saying, or who is saying things, don’t be afraid to ask. Politely interjecting to clarify an issue helps both you and the speaker to communicate.
  • Jump in feet-first. If you don’t speak up, you’ll never get your point across. Once you jump in, get your entire thought out there before stepping back to clarify.
  • Make sure your technology is in order. Be prepared for the conference call by having all numbers and passwords on hand, as well as a charged phone and headphones, if you prefer.
  • Pick a good environment. Participate in conference calls in quiet places and, if that’s not an option, make sure you are ready to unmute yourself at a moment’s notice.

— Adapted from “A Remote Worker’s Guide to Conference Calls,” Laura McMullen, U.S. News & World Report: Money.

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