August 22, 2008
The Conference Call Secret No One Talks About
PR professionals have to handle a lot of conference calls. Frequently and sometimes, there are a lot of people dailing in from various parts of the globe.
So tell the truth here. You hit mute. You leave the office. You do something else while your CEO or marketing manager is going on about something that you already talked to him or her privately about. You still listen, but part of you checks out to do something else. Beloved multitasking.
Tell the truth here: what else is it you are doing and have done during a conference call that you haven't confessed to anyone else?
I'll start the ball rolling. I've pruned my roses; washed my floors; almost had a fatal car crash; and thrown the frisbee to my dog at the dog park, unmuting at just the right time, and never missing a beat. I once got busted for breathing hard, while scrubbing the floor, and was paranoid that they suspected something worse.
How about you......managers, PR folks, journalists....what are some of the things you've gotten done during conference calls??
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I like to do laundry during conference calls. Working from home has to have some advantages, right?
Posted by: Pam Miller | Aug 22, 2008 10:46:43 PM
Actually, I'll confess that I was in the hospital, getting tests, with the cell phone on mute during a couple of vendor calls. However, the best (which, trust me, was NOT the hospital) was a few months prior, surfing just north of La Jolla and taking a call while I was on the beach after about three hours of surfing while drinking a pint...
Posted by: Jim Van | Aug 25, 2008 2:20:07 PM