Some conference calls can seem like they drag on endlessly. To silence the chatterboxes and get things moving, avoid scheduling calls during slow, wide open time periods in the day.
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Just like with any other meeting, if you schedule your conference call to take an hour, the participants will probably find a way to fill that hour. You can help this by keeping the time slot shorter and inviting fewer people, but John Boitnott at Inc. suggests you schedule the call right before other events. If everyone goes to lunch at noon, don't schedule the meeting for 11. Schedule it for 11:30 or 11:45. Everybody wants to get to lunch, so everyone is more aware of the time, and they feel a little pressure to cover everything more efficiently. Meetings don't have to be a waste of time if you plan them out right.