Friday, May 9th, 2014 .

We’ve worked our way through four of the irritating conference call types you’ll inevitably meet.  Let’s do a quick review:

1. The Repeating Everything Everyone Else Already Said Guy

2. The Irrelevant Topics Gal

3.  The Completely Unrelated Anecdote Guy

4.  The Hello?  Is Thing Working?  Hello? Gal

Pretty annoying bunch, aren’t they?  Well, I’ve got a couple more subspecies to go into today.

First up, The Wait, I Didn’t Get That Document Gal.  This subspecies also goes by another name: The Big Fat Liar.  This woman never seems to receive that one key document you need to come to a decision in this conference call.

Does this sound familiar?

CALLER #1: Okay, now let’s take a look at what we’re proposing for pricing.

WAIT, I DIDN’T GET THAT DOCUMENT GAL: I’m sorry. I didn’t seem to get that document.

CALLER #1: We emailed it to you last week.

WIDGTDG: I’ve been having problems with my email server.  I don’t think arrived.

CALLER #1: But we had an “Acknowledge receipt before opening” routine on the email.

WIDGTDG: My assistant must have opened it.  I just don’t have a copy.

CALLER #1: Well, we also FedExed it.  And you signed for it.

WIDGTDG: Not my signature.

CALLER #1: And then we had it messangered to you.

WIDGTDG: I’m sorry, but I don’t remember signing for it.

CALLER #1: That’s why we had a photo taken of you signing for it.

WIDGTDG: That’s my twin sister.

CALLER #1: You’re just a big fat liar, aren’t you?

(Long silence.)

WIDGTDG: Perhaps.

As we have seen, the lengths this person will go to to deny having the document in question are extraordinary and constantly defeat your best efforts.  And now, finally, there is a solution: Screen sharing. You click the screen sharing button on your UberConference call menu. Voila, there it is. Right there staring her in the face. She can’t deny she got it or blame someone else for losing it. All she can do at this point is hang up and go away.  And then you’ve won.

We now move on to one of the most irritating Conference Call types: The Youth Sports Fanatic Dad.  First of all, let me be clear: I think that women athletes are tremendous.  One of my favorite sports to watch is the NCAA Women’s Softball Championships.  Incredibly exciting and fascinating contests played at very high level of athleticism and skill and intrigue.

On the other hand, there is only thing duller and more painful than watching nine year-old girls play softball: listening to one of the dads talk about it. There you on a conference call trying to get some business done and this guy is describing in excruiating detail a sequence of pitches that his daughter, Bethany, fouled off until she hit “this rocket just over the second base girls’ head” and drove home three runs in the bottom of the fourth.

Your brain is searing from the pain of listening to this, isn’t it? You’ve heard this guy go on and on, as if the game between the Pink Cheetahs (Bethany’s team) and the Blue Girlie Girls on Saturday was a battle between the very forces of good and evil in the universe.

The basic question to pose to this guy: Could you please, in the name of all that is holy, stop talking about Bethany’s softball team?

Fortunately, UberConference provides a solution: Mute. You can mute this guy. Just tell him if says one more word about nine year-old girls softball, you’re going to mute him.

“But the ump–

Mute is hit and the conference call goes forward.

Monday, December 17th, 2012 .

Visual conference calls on your phone? There is an app for that. And it’s free!
imageWe are excited to announce the release of iPhone and Android apps for UberConference.   The new apps have the cool features that make UberConference great for conference calls, and are specifically designed for the mobile experience.  It’s simple to keep track of your calls, create instant conferences on the fly, and run conferences smoothly wherever you are, right from your phone.

Creating an instant conference from your phone has never been easier. With the UberConference mobile apps, it’s simple to add the people you already have in your contacts to get started.  UberConference will send out all the details, and there’s even the option to have the app dial out to all the participants automatically to join them into the call. No need to worry about anyone missing the message or forgetting the call.  This dial out feature is part of UberConference Pro, but it’s free with the mobile apps.

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There are a number of useful call control features at your fingertips when you need them on your conference call; even if you spend most of the time with the phone to your ear.

  • Mute or earmuff participants
  • Add people to the call
  • Turn call recording on and off.
  • If you have earphones or a headset it’s even easier see who’s talking at any moment and take more advantage of the integrated social features to learn more about the people in the call. Just click on the participant to see more from their connected Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google + profiles.

Radically improve the conference call experience from your mobile device. You’re going to love UberConference! Get the app now for your iPhone or Android phone.

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Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 .

UberConference is proud to deliver a brand new app for Android with the launch of Version 2.0! We’ve added new features to make your meetings more productive than ever. Best of all, our Android app has no PINs if you’re hosting the call, and in our Pro upgrade, there are no PINs for anyone in your conference. Clear and simple. Start a call from your mobile device with no hassle.The Android interface has an all-new design. Open the app, and you’re already in your Conference Room. Your phone contacts are synced to make starting and scheduling calls simple.Our trial-mode has no sign-up and basic service is always free. Simplify your mobile experience now with the Android app for UberConference.

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Friday, February 14th, 2014 .

You know how every so often you get roped into dealing with something that you really don’t want to be involved with?  I’m not talking something life-threatening like the Ebola Virus or listening to your uncle from Wisconsin lecture you about religion while you’re stuck in a car with him going to a funeral.

No, I’m talking about the modest little peeves of modern life, the ones that really get under your skin.

For instance, you’re sitting in the cafeteria at work, and a nice conversation is going on about the Academy Awards or the California drought or something interesting like that and then some wisenheimer in the group says this: “Hey, did you see that Justin Bieber got arrested?”

Oh, boy, here we go.  Next thing you know all ten of you are talking about Justin Bieber.  Including you.  You’re stuck.  Everyone has their views and all of a sudden you find yourself  saying you blame his father because you were reading on TMZ.com that he was there in the nightclub that night and also was involved in setting up blocking off the street so that Justin and his friend could have their idiotic drag race and then somebody says, ‘well, that’s not what I heard’ and then you have defend your sources on this topic and bam!  Fifteen minutes have gone by and it’s time to return to your desk.  As you sit down you realize that the fifteen minutes you spent talking about Justin Bieber makes your teeth hurt.

And don’t think you’re alone.  Look what happened to esteemed broadcast journalist Andrea Mitchell during a discussion the other day on the NSA.  There was breaking Justin Bieber news.  Look at the pain on her face.  It’s heartbreaking, and it’s happened to you, too.

This is roughly where I rank teleconference PINs: right up there with a group discussion of Justin Bieber.  They’re both just hellishly painful, unnecessarily pointless, and yet, somehow completely inescapable.

You’re part of a design team that has several remote participants (including you) and it’s time for the weekly teleconference.  You dial into the teleconference system and they give you a PIN number you have to use to participate.  The computer-generated voice rattles off twelve completely random digits.  You’re writing them down:

8-9-5-8-1-3… oh, man, your pen stopped working.

Try it again.

8-9-5-8-1-3-8-9… the woman at the desk next to you just got a delivery of a dozen roses from her new boyfriend and she is squealing with happiness.

All right, let’s give this one more try.

Okay, you write: 8-9-5-8-1-3-8-9-4-9-7-5

Whew.  Got it.  That only took six hours.

Time to key it into your phone.  8-9-5-8-1-… wait, is that a 3 or a 5 I wrote down?  Call back and get the PIN all over again.  Yes, it was a 3.

And on it goes.

That’s why UberConference doesn’t use PINs.  You go to the website, log in, find your conference and click.  Voila.  Everyone’s there, you can see who’s there, and you’re ready to go.  It’s beautiful.  This is gonna go great, you think to yourself.

And then the person running the conference call says: “Hey, everybody, welcome to the call.  Before we get started, did you see that Justin Bieber was arrested?”

ARRRGGHH.