We love to write about tools that can help companies find success with managing remote workers. In our remote tool features, we write about tools that are proven to make the management of your Bolton Remote team easier and more productive.
In today’s feature, we talk about Speek, a tool for simplifying conference calls.
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Conference calls are a good way for remote teams to hold meetings, with the increasing number of tools that make online conferencing simple. Among those tools, we think Speek stands out.
What Does It Do?
Speek lets you create personalized, dedicated web addresses for conference calls, either with your web browser or from a mobile device. Getting a call started can be done in 2 steps:
- Send your Speek link to your conference invitees via email, text, calendar invite, or even instant message.
- Once they click the link and enter their phone or Skype number, Speek dials, and bam -- they’re in the call.
Speek promises, “no more dial-ins, PINs, or installs. It's as simple as clicking a button in your browser.” For security, instead of PINs and passwords, Speek uses a virtual interface to let you see who’s in the call, as well as a lock feature that allows you to keep anyone else from joining your conference.
Who Should Use It?
As a tool that’s tailor-made for group interaction, Speek’s great for small, distributed teams who can agree on a time to meet and talk -- like your typical Bolton Remote team! While Speek’s conferences can handle up to 100 callers at a time, keeping the group small is still ideal so the call is easier to monitor.
What Does It Give You?
The kind of simplicity Speek brings into conferencing lessens communication friction. When working with an offshore remote team, smooth communication is always essential.
Other than simplifying voice conferencing, Speek also facilitates remote collaboration. Your conference address serves as a virtual meeting room where you can:
- Start text chats
- Share files
- Share screens
- Manage participants, whether you want to add, mute, or remove people from your conversation.
Our Experience with Speek
We currently use Speek to work with our vendor relations team. Before Speek, we reached our vendors with traditional phone calls. “In order to cascade updates, I had to call them individually,” says Diane, our vendor relations manager. Individual calls took time and effort, but this was our only way to communicate; we had no idea what our other options were at the time.
Although conferencing was available, we and our talent vendors found it hard to deal with PINs and passwords, as well as the effort required to schedule even the quickest of calls.
So as soon as we learned of Speek, we gave it a shot, and we’ve been using it ever since. “It has been easier to cascade updates with Speek because I have all our partners in one call,” Diane says. “I am able to answer questions right away, and vendors who have similar questions need not ask again.”
We find it cool how Speek is jam-packed with features that support collaboration, but it manages to stay simple so it does exactly what it promises: ease communication. Whether you’re just getting started with a remote setup, or you want to integrate it in an existing remote system like we did, Speek’s a great tool to have in your arsenal.
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