We've all been on a long conference call that veers off topic. Try using the # key on your phone to signal it's time to get back on track.
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Keeping the conference call focused helps the call end quickly. Entrepreneur has a handy tip to keep on topic:
Establish a ground rule that anyone on the call should hit the # sign when they think the discussion has veered off topic or has gone on too long. This works wonderfully, because no one knows who hit the # sign, but it serves as a great way to reign in the conversation and avoid rambling discussion.
Don't try the # during a call without verifying your conference system's functionality, since some keys trigger special commands during a call. Be sure to use one that doesn't serve another function.
Hit the link for other tips to make conference calls more productive.
How to Make Your Conference Calls Run Flawlessly [Entrepreneur]