A generation ago the teleconference was a luxury, convened only by those with status and something to say.

That s a triumph for telecommunications, but a downer for those who have lost untold hours to unnecessary or unproductive calls.

But with a few behavioral tweaks and attitude adjustments, your company can clean up its teleconference etiquette and turn these marvels of remote collaboration back into the brisk, informative sessions they were meant to be.

Get on your feet.Software developers, a notoriously meetings-averse bunch, gave us the gift of the standup meeting, which is exactly what it sounds like: a meeting conducted on one s feet.

Hosts introduced participants, managed connections and disconnections, and even moderated questions, while keeping time when necessary.

Office admins often make effective hosts.

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