That Conference Call We’ve All Had!

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Although we all laughed at this video, we've also either been that poor moderator or had to sit in on that meeting! Haven't we?

  • Strangling attendees who are always late to meetings – and online meetings are no exception for them!
  • The attendee with the barking dog, or screaming child in the background. Or my personal favorite – the keyboard typing, multi-tasker – who can never seem to manage to mute their line
  • The attendees who almost always manages to attend the wrong meeting – oh, and is almost always late as well!
  • We could go on… but we think you get the point
  • Well, We Have Great News!

    We recently reviewed InterCall Unified Meeting and we were so impressed by their features that we wanted to use this video to not only add some humor, but to demonstrate how those features solve some of the more common issues highlighted in that video and more.

    The Straggler –

    For example, let's take those straggling meeting attendees. With Intercall the moderator can simply look at his list of attendees, and use the call out function to call those attendees not yet in the meeting, and bring them into the meeting. ON TIME no less!

    So even if having the meeting set automatically by Intercall in their Outlook or Lotus Calendar, with a 15 minute reminder notice isn't enough, the moderator can still get them in the call on time!

    The Straggler & The Meeting Crasher –

    Now let's say the moderator can't get in contact with one of those stragglers and really doesn't want the meeting "interrupted". Well he can set the meeting to be closed. This will prevent any stragglers from entering the meeting without the moderator allowing them in first. This closed meeting option also prevents another of our issues – the attendee who manages to crash the meeting, and thereby also interrupt the wrong meeting.

    No more stragglers and no more meeting crashers! Great!

    The Barking Dog, The Unhappy Child, & The Multi-Taskers –

    Ok, but what about the dog owner with the barking dog, parent with the unhappy child, or the multi-taskers – you know the ones. They are the ones who are so over-worked, or important to the company no less, that they are almost always typing happily away on their keyboards during EVERY meeting? Kinda makes you wonder just how much they are actually getting out of those meetings doesn't it? But that's a whole different blog post. 🙂

    Well, with Intercall, the attendee list also acts as a way to moderate each participant's line. So the moderator can easily see who/where the noise is coming from and simply mute the offending line.

    Noisy line distraction gone! Check!

    Read our in-depth InterCall Review for more of our views on InterCall or visit InterCall directly to find out more about InterCall's Unified Meeting.


Lynn is the founder and chief editor at She is responsible for strategy and business development. Her background is in software development, marketing, and project management. She loves camping, traveling, and all things soccer related. She has been married for over 30 years to one great guy and has two adult children. Lynn is also the human companion to two cats - Jynx and Spanky. She is based in Minnesota, USA.

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