Even though we are well into the 21st century, there are many parts of the world that suffer from poor mobile coverage. These countries and cities aren't always the ones that you would expect as well.
According to The Australian, in 2012 Brisbane had the nation's worst mobile phone reception with complaints up 800 per cent across south-west Queensland. As outages and issues can crop up anywhere, it is important to remember some handy tips if you are trying to conduct a teleconference via a mobile phone.
1) Have enough battery charge
Although it might seem like a simple tip, running out of battery charge is a common problem for people conducting business on the move. If you are operating on an iPhone or an Android smartphone, then the battery decreases much faster than other types of phones.
It's a good idea to charge up your phone every night so at the beginning of each day you have full charge ready for any conferences. As well as this, close down any apps you aren't using as they can drain battery life and use up data volumes slowing the quality of the call.
2) Find a quiet location
When you are travelling or working remotely, finding a quiet location for your teleconference is not always the easiest task. Train stations, airports and footpaths are notoriously busy and loud which could affect the quality of the teleconference.
You could find a quiet corner of the departure lounge or even a bench in a park that is calm enough for you to hear and contribute to the conference call. If you are having trouble hearing the conference, chances are the background noise is also entering the conference call and disturbing other participants. You should put yourself on mute in that case. When the call is complete you should ask for a recording of it so you can review any comments you may have missed.
3) Read the documents
Although you are moving between countries or are based in a remote location, it is vital to understand the nature and topic of the teleconference before hand. An agenda should be sent through to you which will contain the run down of the conference and help you prepare any questions or commentary you may have.
To make sure you have fully understood the conclusion, the minutes and recording should be available to you soon after the conference.