At ÜberConference, making sure you have the best possible experience on every call is very important to us. Call quality is a main priority for us, and we’re always monitoring and measuring quality metrics and testing out different configurations, partners, and settings. As we get close to exiting our beta period, we have made some significant improvements to our service, and will be migrating users to our newest platform. We have started emailing users about this transition and most will get a new ÜberConference number assigned to them as part of this process. Everything else should be the same. You’ll just use a different number to dial into, and ÜberConference should be even better!
The great thing about Google Docs is live editing by multiple users of the same document. The problem is that sometimes the editing process would be smoother if everyone working on the document could talk to each other while working.
Well, now you can.
Today we’re introducing the UberConference add-on for Google Docs. One click to get all your viewers and editors of a document on the call. Just enable the UberConference add-on within your Google Doc, and we’ll load a sidebar with your UberConference dial-in information.
If you are technology start up, there is no better place to launch your company than at TechCrunch Disrupt. You can’t beat the excitement of competing against the hottest new start ups in front of an amazing audience of tech industry thought leaders and high profile investors. The media spotlight provides an important boost to kicking off a launch, and UberConferenced received a lot of great coverage during and after the event.We had a great time at the event, and winning the top prize was a perfect ending!Here are the videos of the Demo that won the event and the magic moment when UberConference was announced as the winner.
Thanks to all the journalists that wrote during and right after the event. Here are a few of the notable articles:
TechCrunch – UberConference Aims to Fix Crappy Conference Calls
All Things D – Google Voice Founder Tackles Conference Calls
Venture Beat – Inventor of Google Voice now Reinventing Conference Calls
Productivity consultant and founder of Custom Living Solutions, Joshua Zerkel, is also the SF ambassador for Evernote. Let’s just crown him the guy who really knows what he’s talking about when it comes to organizing data and being super efficient at anything to do with sharing in the cloud. Our Social Media Manager, Sarah Buhr, sat down to ask him a few of his great secrets for getting sh*% done.
- Integrate UberConference with Evernote – When you integrate UberConference with Evernote, you have the option of sending any recorded call and notes to their Evernote account. Very helpful for journalists and writers or anyone who needs to save their conversations for later. Integrate with Evernote here.
- Utilize the Cloud – Think about how your data follows you around. Evernote allows you to keep all your files and other data in one central place so you can work from anywhere.
- Label your Evernote folders by topic and client to stay organized – You can collaborate with specific people easier if you separate everything out first.
- You can actually email notes into Evernote – Secret tip from Josh is that every Evernote user actually gets their own Evernote email. Go into your account settings to see it. Then if you use the @ in the subject line you can specify which notebook you want that info to go to. You can also use the # symbol to tag whatever you want it to follow as well. Use this for receipts, events, really anything that goes into your email.
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Leadership development consultant John Baldoni conducted a series of experiments over a decade to determine how best to keep everyone’s attention in conference calls. He found there is only one sure meeting killer and that is not involving your participants.
At least 95% of all meeting participants tune out at some point. It’s even easier on a conference call. So if you want to not only captivate, but motivate your team, coworkers or important business contacts on your next UberConference, here are 5 great ways to pump them up for their best meeting ever:
- Have an agenda. No one likes having meetings just to have a meeting. If you are just touching base that is one thing, but a regularly assigned meeting for meeting’s sake is irritating to most people and can be a complete waste of time and productivity. Have a focus for the meeting before you go into it. This will help everyone get the most out of the meeting.
- Let everyone have a say. Even if you are in charge of the meeting, and even if you have an agenda in mind, just going on and on and not letting others have a word is just asking them to tune you out. You may also be tuning out some great insights that could help push your idea to the next level. Letting others participate in the conversation is key to keeping their attention.
- Give participants something to prepare before the meeting.One sure way to involve people and make them feel important is to have them look into something before the meeting. This helps them feel included and gives them something to add to the conversation.
- Resist the temptation to multi-task. Do not surf the net, read emails or do other things while on the conference call. People can tell, even over the phone, if you are not really paying attention. If you are not present for your own meeting no one else will be either.
- Drive consensus and decisions. After making sure people have been heard, formulate a plan of action while you are in the meeting. Speak back the important points covered and make sure everyone is on the same page with the next steps. Wrap up with a plan of action. People like to feel like the meeting was productive and their next moves are clear. This will help everyone feel the meeting went well.