In this article, we’ll cover:

What Is Teleconferencing?

Teleconferencing is two or more people using telecommunication services to hold a meeting from different locations. Today's technology allows for different teleconferencing features that enhance simple communications and allow users to collaborate remotely.

What is the purpose of a teleconference?

A teleconference is a useful way to communicate with people remotely using a conferencing platform. Teleconferences can be helpful for hosting online meetings, town hall meetings, all-hands, team building, and other virtual gatherings. Rather than meeting someone in person, a teleconference provides a way to collaborate without traveling. 

Benefits of Teleconferencing

Businesses reap various benefits when they hold a teleconference meeting instead of a traditional in-person meeting or conference. They include:

  • Saving time
  • Saving money
  • Enhanced productivity
  • Potential for face-to-face interaction with a video teleconference
  • Speed up the decision-making process
  • Promote collaboration and improve work culture

How to Set Up a Teleconference Call

If you want to set up a teleconference call with your team members or colleagues, you need to complete the following steps:

  1. Choose a conference provider, which typically includes choosing a specific teleconferencing software provider.
  2. Create a user account with your provider.
  3. Email or text your guests the information for the call, which typically includes the time, date, and phone number or web access code.

For more in-depth instructions, you can learn how to set up a teleconference.

Teleconference Etiquette

You should communicate your expectations for your teleconference and lead by example. Some key rules for proper teleconference etiquette include:

  • Be on time.
  • Eliminate background noise and distractions.
  • Introduce yourself when you join the call.
  • Wear proper attire, even if only from the waist up.
  • Do not eat food while on a call.
  • Do not speak over others.
  • Engage with the call.

For more detailed information, you can learn all about teleconference etiquette and best practices.

What is video teleconferencing?

Video teleconferencing is an audiovisual experience that allows users to speak to each other and see each other in real-time over the internet. Video teleconferences provide the closest experience to face-to-face meetings or conferences but come without the high costs of travel and/or hosting an event.

Businesses that rely on teleconferencing services often use video teleconferences to hold webinars, meetings, and other online events. 

What is audio conferencing?

Audio conferencing refers to a standard telephone conference call where attendees call into a specific number, often a 1-800 number, punch in a code, and join a telephone call. Audio conference calls provide a medium for team meetings and other important organizational announcements, but they do not offer visuals.

Teleconference Services

Teleconference services are companies that provide a one-stop-shop for businesses that need remote communication. In addition to audio and visual conferencing, these companies provide a user-friendly platform that allows easy access to meetings from multiple devices, live meeting controls, and the ability to run analytics during and after each meeting. Teleconference services also typically provide essential meeting security to protect from malware and cyberattacks.

What equipment is needed for teleconferencing?

Remote team members need some basic pieces of equipment to participate in a video teleconference. They include:

  • A strong internet connection
  • A desktop or laptop computer
  • A separate webcam if your computer is not equipped with one
  • A microphone, which most computers have
  • A high-quality headset to eliminate background noise
  • Video conferencing software

Get a more detailed look at the best teleconference equipment for a successful teleconferencing experience.

How does teleconferencing impact your business?

A continued increase in remote work has prompted an increase in teleconferencing for many businesses. Organizations who are forced to adapt to remote work because of the employment landscape do not have to miss a beat. Companies who have already adapted to remote teams and teleconferencing with employees, customers, and clients know the benefits. 

Check out BlueJeans-supported video conferencing equipment and hardware to see if your existing equipment is compatible with the BlueJeans video conferencing platform.

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