Someone took the time to dramatize a sadly-all-too-typical conference call:
So here’s the deal: it shouldn’t be this way! Make sure you’re not the guy on mute who doesn’t check in. Make sure, if you’re the meeting organizer, you have a good agenda and that you’re moderating the meeting well enough that people can participate well without talking over one another. And don’t use a conference call if you can accomplish the needed decision via email or a short face to face later. We can do better at this!
As a bonus, here’s a BINGO card for that really annoying conference call you can’t get out of. Make sure you’re not the host.