Understanding Conference Call Services

Using conference call services are becoming more and more popular these days. There is constantly rising demand for them as the more businesses and individuals are finding such calls more convenient.

The conference call is a favorite in the business world as there are frequent requirements for many people to communicate. Being able to get in touch with the different offices of a company when need arises can be very convenient and also economical for most companies. Divisions that have offices in different locations will no longer have to send people from one place to another just to get their messages across. Different offices located in different countries need not have to wait until their executives reach their head office to make decisions.

Conference calls can either be audio, video or web-based. Audio is the kind where participants can communicate only through voice and cannot see each other. It is considered as the most affordable and is used most often.

With video, all attendees are able to speak with each other as well as see each other. They can view presentations, reports and documents if they need to. Seminars and training programs can be effectively done using this method. However, this method requires the use of video equipment that can be expensive. Most companies only resort to using this method for very important meetings. This is because each participant needs to have video equipment, a television and a phone line. There can be problems if one or more participants do not have the needed equipment. Although they can still join the conference by audio call, they will not be able to take advantage of seeing what is being presented or each other for that matter.

Web-based conferencing service makes use of a computer and the internet. Participants can see each other, exchange files, photos, videos, and messages. They can also see and hear each other. The only problem with this method is if a participant does not have an internet connection. There are also problems that can arise if participants have different internet connection speeds.

Conference calling makes it easy and convenient to communicate with people at any time. Most companies use them as a cost-cutting exercise. The costs of the calls are considerably less than having participants travel. Travel-related expenses — like air-fare, hotels and meals — can form a very large chunk of most companies’ expenses as executive or even job applicants need to be sent from one place to another.

So now the question which provider you should choose to get the best conference call service? This site : http://www.conferencecallnow.com/ is providing the best rates and services.

The World’s Highest Conference Call

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to stand on top of the world’s tallest mountain? Well now you can… from the comfort and convenience of your desk!

Tomorrow, Cisco engineer Brian Dickinson will be embarking on his final ascent to Mt. Everest’s peak –  a whopping 29,035 feet above sea level – and thanks to WebEx technology you can join him on his exhausting emotional and physical expedition. From Base Camp (17,500ft) Brian will answer your questions, talk about his trainings and challenges taken to prepare for the climb, what is currently on his mind, as well as discuss his three previous climbs.

You read that right. Brian has previously climbed three other mountains (Mt. McKinley in Alaska in May of 2009, Mt. Kilimanjaro in north-eastern Tanzania in February 2010, and Mt. Elbrus in Russia in July of 2010) on his quest to scale The Seven Summits while raising money for HIV/AIDS research and bringing gifts to orphanages in each country he visits.

Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Brian is an extreme outdoorsman and athlete. For six years he was stationed in San Diego as a helicopter rescue swimmer for the Navy. It was there he met his wife, JoAnna, and they went on to have two beautiful children, Jordan and Emily. In addition to working with Cisco, Brian runs Extreme Adventures, an outreach program that teaches leadership and confidence via biking, hiking, and rappelling.

The Consequences of High Altitude
After experiencing a cold, massive headaches, and a quick scare with what was thought to be the on-set of High Altitude Cerebral Edema, (an increase of fluid in the brain that can cause coma and even death) Brian decided not to take any chances and hiked back down the mountain to a lower elevation in order to get acclimated. He spoke of his frustrations in his blog on Climbing.com, saying that “at this point I am a bit frustrated. It’s not fair that less physically fit and less driven people are in a better position to climb the highest peak on earth. With something like HACE there’s nothing I can do from a physiological standpoint.”

Luckily, Brian fully recovered at a slightly lower elevation, refuses to let the hiccup slow him down. He has since returned to Base Camp, hiked to Base Camp II, (the penultimate step in the acclimatization process at 21,500ft) made it to Base Camp III, and will return to Base Camp for the conference on May 4th.

What started as a personal journey has quickly become an amazing world-wide adventure reaching far beyond his expectations. All the while, Brian has maintained his sense of humor, letting his blog readers know that, “If someone could please drop ship either a carne asada burrito from Roberto’s in San Diego or a double-double animal style from In-n-Out Burger I sure would appreciate it!”

To register for the May 4th conference with  Brian, follow this link: http://www.webex.com/webinars/Meeting-Mt-Everest-Live-from-the-Climb

The Khumbu Ice Fall – treacherous and thrilling.

Brian at Camp I.
In late March, we met Brian Dickinson via WebEx before he left for his Mt Everest climb. In that session, we learned about Brian, his Navy background, his passion for extreme sports and his desire to climb The Seven Summits.

While pursuing his incredible goal, Brian turned his journey into a cause to raise money for AIDS Research and to connect with the children at orphanages in the countries he visits. Click here to watch “Before the Climb” with Brian Dickinson

There has been a ton of press around 3G Internet coverage at Everest basecamp. Not true. NCELL offers 3G coverage from a village a few miles down the Khumbu Valley, called Gorak Shep. The 3G towers are run by solar panels so in bad weather and at night they are shutdown. And they don’t have the strength to send a 3G signal to basecamp. We get edge coverage, which works for cell phone calls and very poor quality Internet (almost unusable). To upload these blog entries, add pics to Facebook, Twitter, email, etc. I have to hike 30 minutes out of basecamp up on a ridge and climb a large boulder, which has direct line of sight to Gorak Shep. The view from the rock is the most amazing place I’ve ever been with views of the ice fall crawling up the mountain, the summit of Mount Everest and all of the surrounding Himalaya peaks. I’m sure NCELL will resolve the coverage in future years, but for now it’s a lot of effort to stay connected.

What’s next? On the 30th (tomorrow) we are heading directly up to Camp II (21,000′), where we’ll sleep for 2 nights. We will then climb the Lhotse Face to Camp III (23,000′) and descend back to Camp II. The following day we’ll climb back to Camp III and sleep on oxygen. That will complete our acclimatization process for a summit bid, at which point we’ll bring it all the way back to basecamp to wait for a weather window to make our attack on the summit!

You can keep track of Brian’s progress via his blog on climbing.com

For those not able to watch the live conference, it will be recorded so you can listen in later.

Andy Jacobs
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How to Pick the Best Basketball Shoe for You

 Allow me get started with saying this, there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to finding the right basketball shoe. Each and every woman or man has different demands when it comes to choosing the best basketball shoe. 
There are two chief criteria to take into account when you are thinking about which basketball shoe is best for you.
1) Your Size and Weight – bigger and taller players need to have shoes that offer you more support and stability. Shorter and less heavy players don’t  require as much support and stability.
2) Your Choice of Play – If you’re a post player (center, or power forward) you again need to get a shoe that will give you the most stability. If you are uard or player that likes to run up and down the court, you want a light-weight shoe that gives you support, but does not restrict movement in your nimble lateral movements.
 Once you know your size/weight/style of play, you can continue to make your search more specifc. When looking at shoes, zero in on the attributes. Some features will be more important you than others. And not everyone places equal value on the same attribute.
The main attributes to look at are
1) Traction – Do you make a lot of swift cuts/lateral moves? You will require a shoe with good traction to keep you from sliding. Do you play quite a bit of outdoor basketball? Then you need to get a shoe with an extra durable outer sole.
2) Cushion – Each shoe places more cushion in distinct areas. Some place more in the heel, others put more cushion in the forefoot. Where do you require the most cushion?
3) Material – Some material makes shoes significantly more flexible, while other materials makes shoes significantly more rigid and stable. Do you require flexibility or stability?
4) Fit – Do you want a snug fit, or do you favor a looser fit?
5) Support – Again, this ties in with the type of player you are. How much support do you require?
6) Price – Don’t pay for features you don’t need to have. That will help keep the price down. But the price tag is always very important to look at to make sure you get the most bang for you buck.
Again, these are just a few of the main things one should consider when purchasing the proper footwear for basketball. Hopefully, after reading this article, you are now well equipped to choose the best basketball shoes for you. 

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– Jutin R.

Conference Room Table Selections

There are a number of shapes and sizes and types of conference table. Conference table come in round, square, rectangular, boat shape, oval, multi-purpose, and expandable. We will give you some information on the different choices available and additional pieces available to finish off your conference room.

Conference room furniture comes in Laminate, and Veneer. Laminate is a scratch, stain, and mar- resistance material. Many of the new laminates are high quality and will give a conference room an upscale look. Veneer in made of real work, and is more inclined to scratch, and stain. Veneer has a much higher quality look for the upscale conference room.

Many tables offer wire channels or grommet opening. These enable you to run computer, telephone, and electric wires under the table, and thru the top. The other option is wire management installed in the table. These are inserts that are installed in the top of the table, they are wired direct to your buildings phone and electric lines, and enable you to plug electric, phone, and computers directly to the top of the table.

The shape of the table you purchase will depend on your preference, size of the room, and what types of use you have for the room. Round and square table are normally used in smaller areas. There are number base styles available. Some of the most popular are metal, or wood. Metal come in a number of finishes and shapes. Some of the options of wood bases are “X” shape, drum, panel end, and “T” shape. Standard round and square table are offered in sizes from 30” to 72” diameter. Larger areas normally will use rectangular, boat shape, or oval table. These tables come in lengths of 5’ and longer, and will vary in width. Most tables larger than 10’ come with tops consisting of two or more pieces. There are a number of base styles and shapes available for the larger tables.

Expandable Tables offer the ability to make a table any length you wish. These consist of sections of table that are connected to give you one large table. As your business grows and you need more conference room space, you can add sections of table. These tables come in inexpensive laminate, to high quality veneer, to meet your needs.

Multi-purpose tables give you the ability to arrange the tables in a configuration that best meets your needs at a given time. This consists of individual tables that can be connected together to offer one large table, or they can be separated and moved to give a number of table. These are normally used in a room that needs to be used for multi purposes. These can be setup for one large meeting, smaller meetings, or a training room.

You can purchase credenzas, podiums, conference marker boards with doors, to mention a few of the matching pieces of furniture available for conference rooms. It is recommended that you look at some of the many options available in conference room furniture before you purchase.

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How to setup conference room?

Setting up a conference room can be simple or complicated, depending on what you plan to use it for. Conference rooms are used for many things; predominately meetings, seminars, workshops and conferences. Conference rooms need to be comfortable and convenient. There are various room settings for your conference room.

The style of room setup depends on the purpose of the meeting. Meetings designed to encourage group interaction would be arranged differently to a traditional seminar where participants are listening to a specific speaker, or speakers. 
If your company is having a conference, the first step is to decide whether or not you will be getting outside help to plan and execute it. Conference organisers can put together a winning conference that will no doubt leave all those in attendance very impressed. On th other hand you may want to be saving money in which case planing it yourself or getting someone in the office to plan it is the only option. Seating arrangements are a critical part of any successful public speaking engagement and are especially important for humorous speeches. As a professional public speaker you must consider not only interaction, but safety and comfort parameters as well. When making arrangements for a business meeting, remember to take care of any technical requirements. You may need a microphone for the speaker so audience questions can be asked. A LCD Projector is generally used for PowerPoint presentations and many meeting room will also have inbuilt or free standing projector screens. A podium may be required by the speaker and a lectern is handy for the speakers notes. Setting up the room well is important. This should ideally be done the day before to avoid any last minute jobs. If there are training aids being used such as projectors or powerpoint presentations then the chairs will need to face the front. If there is any training in small groups being given, then chairs facing each other will be appropriate chairs arranged in a circle. Thinking about the order of events of the day will make arranging the chairs easier.

Uncomfortable people will not listen to you. The unwritten rule is that meeting rooms are always too hot or too cold so you’ll have to do your best. When setting air conditioning levels, the room should be cooler than you think it should be. The body heat of the audience will bring the room to the comfort level. Make sure it does, and be ready to make adjustments as you go. If you can’t get the right temperature, make sure you acknowledge the audience’s discomfort and encourage them to make the best of it. Your care for them will automatically make things a little better.