The RCGP Rural Forum regularly uses teleconferencing to link up members from across the UK. It saves money and time, and is particularly useful for rural practitioners who would have prohibitively long journeys out of their practice area to attend meetings.
Teleconferencing is widely used for other purposes too – and its use is likely to grow, especially as the technology becomes more widely available. It’s already very easy to set up a teleconference via providers such as BT MeetMe. Skype allows connected users to form a teleconference of up to 8 participants completely free.
However, what happens once you’ve got your teleconference set to go? It can be easy to assume that it’s an easy thing to do, however without being able to see other participants, it can quickly become difficult to keep control of the agenda, and make for productive conversations.
Here’s two articles that help to explain the “etiquette” and some useful tips to bear in mind when having teleconferences.
Videoconferencing needs similar considerations, however we hope to run an article on the do’s and don’ts of VC in the near future. If you’d like to contribute to this, please get in touch.