Don’t want to share your phone number? Call.Group is a great way to protect your privacy

There are lots of scenarios in which either the caller or the person being called, or both, might not want to give out their contact number. These are by no means just illicit or deceptive – there are lots of legitimate situations where privacy is really important. Using a telecommunications service which provides you with a dial-in number for all parties to use, rather than any using their own, means you can guard your phone lines.

Don’t let your phone number be a channel for revenge

There are a lot of professions where this could prove particularly helpful. For example, people working in Human Resources and Recruitment have found conference calling to be a really powerful tool, particularly with the added security provided by call recording. But another reason why it’s so great is because these people might not want all the candidates they interview to be able to get back in touch with them directly. After all, disgruntled ex-employees can pose a substantial threat to a company, particularly if they have access to certain types of information. In fact, they can even be dangerous on a personal level, sometimes returning to seek revenge: one infamous case saw an ex-Chipotle worker physically attack a manager.

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Gabi JamesDon’t want to share your phone number? Call.Group is a great way to protect your privacy

Keep your shareholders happy with virtual meetings

Conference calling has loads of really useful applications in a range of different industries and uses, but one place where it has really come into its own is in companies’ shareholder meetings. In fact, teleconferencing has proven so beneficial when it comes to keeping shareholders in the loop that the number of virtual shareholder meetings has been increasing rapidly – it even has its own acronym: VSM.

Obviously, at Call.Group we’re pleased as punch to be able to help teams of all different make-ups to work as well together as possible; we understand that collaboration is the most powerful asset in any organisation’s toolbelt.

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Top collaboration tools for small businesses

If you’re running a small business, you’re probably on the look-out for collaboration tools. We don’t need to tell you how important being able to work efficiently as a team is. More and more people are realising that collaboration might actually be the most powerful business tool around, and when you’re embarking on a project as intensive and demanding as starting a small business, you’re almost guaranteed to realise that sharing the workload is a huge relief – if not a necessity.

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Start up business tips: how to grow whilst keeping costs down

Starting a business is an incredibly exciting, rewarding and remarkable thing to do. But anyone who’s ever set up a business or been involved in a start-up’s early life will know that it’s an endeavour which also comes with its own challenges. In fact, even if you’ve only seen somebody close to you taking part in a start up business, you’ll probably have witnessed some high levels of stress.

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Conference calls for legal firms: what to look for

Across a plethora of industries, we are all united by one commonly held belief: conference calls are an immensely valuable tool. But there are fields which have to operate with a certain degree of caution when it comes to telecommunication. If you’re dealing with highly sensitive, confidential information which can have the power to completely alter a case – indeed, a life – then you can’t play fast and loose with how you communicate. This, of course, applies to legal firms. Lucky with Call.Group, you can have full confidence in your conference calls’ confidentiality; we take security very seriously, and have measures in place to ensure the privacy of every call.

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Gabi JamesConference calls for legal firms: what to look for

Is teleconferencing the key to accessible education?

Generally, phones and education aren’t too closely paired in our minds. In fact, there are even debates raging about whether mobiles should be altogether banned from schools, as some teachers feel they introduce too much distraction and even potential conflict into the classroom.

But phones actually hold a huge amount of educative potential. When used wisely, they can facilitate learning in countless ways. You only need to have a brief scroll through the Education section of wherever you get mobile apps or podcasts, and it’s pretty evident that we spend most of our days holding amazing educational tools.

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What your favourite conference call feature says about you

Maybe we’ve just spent a little too much of our spare time scrolling through social media (it’s been too hot for activities!), but here at Call Collective, we’re getting seriously on board with the idea that seemingly trivial details can reveal deep truths about us. Whilst we won’t go as far as basing anything on astrology, or on which ingredients you’d use to build a smoothie bowl, we do think your favourite teleconferencing tool can actually be a great indicator of how we’re best suited to learning and working. In the wake of that personality quiz scandal, the one which just keeps getting worse, we’ll steer well clear of presenting this as anything which requires you to input selections or personal details. Just scroll down to see what your chosen feature, all of which are provided on our Call.Group service, says about you!

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Gabi JamesWhat your favourite conference call feature says about you

Save money and save the world

ICYMI, the age of the cut-throat business is over, and the best way to do well is now to do good. Of course, our main motivation between our philanthropic endeavours is that we want to do our bit to help our planet and our communities – but if it can plump out our profit margins a little bit, that’s a bonus nobody’s going to turn down.

One of the key ways that good deeds can boost your business is by thoughtfully portioning out a decent Corporate Social Responsibility budget, but there are lots of other little swaps and changes which you can make to trim your expenses and simultaneously lessen the negative impact you might be having upon the planet.

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What’s in a brand?

Anybody who has ever had a hand in (or even a window into) running a business knows that there are a lot of plates to keep spinning. To complicate matters, each of these spinning plates could be said to be moving of its own accord, constantly shifting as our priorities change and as each project develops. It can be difficult to constantly assess what our next steps should be, and what the best approach is when tackling different areas of business, whether it’s marketing, budgeting, or interpersonal relationships in the office.

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Divided we fail, united we leap: how collaboration is the most powerful business tool around

It may be true that a good workman never blames his or her tools, but finding really great tools that fit your needs can exponentially enhance your business’s success. Most of us spend a good chunk of time on the hunt for useful business tools, and particularly the most helpful free business tools around.

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Gabi JamesDivided we fail, united we leap: how collaboration is the most powerful business tool around