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Saturday, February 6, 2021
Phone Number: +1-425-436-6360 — Access Code: 561566#
For international dial-in numbers, see this page
In the US and Canada, ignore the + in this phone number. It tells people in other countries to add the numbers their country uses to make an international call, if there is no local number for their country.
Dial *6 to mute or unmute your phone
Please mute if you use a speakerphone or call from a noisy location
Phone Help for the Telesummit
Your Best Option: a Landline Phone or a Cell Phone with a Strong Signal
If you’re in the U.S., there’s a good chance you have a calling plan that lets you call area code 425 (in the state of Washington) for free. Yay! Use it.
Note: AT&T has been threatening not to put through calls to the service we use. At this time, there is still no problem calling in using them or the other companies, like T-Mobile and Consumer Cellular, that rely on them. But please keep reading if you cannot get through on the 6th.
Another Good Option: Skype
Skype is a free app from Microsoft for your smart phone and a program you can install on your computer to make calls using your high-speed internet access or your smart phone’s data plan.
If you have no daily or monthly data limits — this means you if you have cable internet or fiber optic internet or an unlimited cellular data plan — Skype is the best alternative to a good telephone connection.
The app or program is free, as are calls to other Skype users around the world, but you’ll need to pay Skype for connecting you to the regular phone system somewhere in Washington to complete the call.
US$10 of Skype Credit, purchased in advance, should be plenty for the entire Telesummit from most countries. Their rates vary depending on whether you’re calling a landline or cell phone. You’ll be calling a landline number, the less expensive sort.
Google Voice, a similar service available only in the U.S., will not connect you to our telesummit. Don’t use it.
Using Skype will let you listen through your computer’s speakers or a headset. But please note that when your speakers are on, your microphone must be muted. If you want to be heard by our workshop presenters when they invite questions or comments, use a headset or earbuds to listen. And if your microphone is built into your headset or earbuds, please make sure it’s not rustling against your clothing.
Your Just-in-Case Option: The freeconferencecall.com app
This works just like Skype, but only for calling into our Telesummit and other conference calls they host. This one is free. And a little less reliable, but not bad.
Just like Skype, you’ll be using your internet connection, so if there are daily or monthly limits on how much data you can use, go buy a long distance calling card and use your phone.
To download the app to a smartphone, iPad®, or computer, go to https://www.freeconferencecall.com/wall/telesummit/ and click on the big, green Join Online Meeting button during or just before the Telesummit.
When the app launches, choose the Computer Audio button. The Telesummit is audio only. If your video comes on automatically, you can turn it off, as you will not be able to see any of the Telesummit speakers.
If You’re New to Teleconferencing
If you use a phone, dial 1-425-436-6360 or the phone number for your country.
Once the recorded message answers your call, dial our access code, 561566, and end by dialing # (called the pound or hash key).
If you’re using Skype or a smart phone, you may need to open the dial pad to dial this. The button for opening it looks like 10 buttons (1-9 and 0) on a telephone dial pad.
Whichever method you choose for calling, if this is your first time trying it, you can call in anytime before the telesummit to test it. Once you’re connected, you’ll hear dreadful music, unless someone else happens to be testing at the same time. But the music will be your sign that you did everything just right, and you’re ready for the telesummit.
What to Do If No One’s on the Call During the Telesummit Hours
Every once in a while, someone’s call will get sent to some terrible dead end somewhere. If there’s no one else on the call, and you’re listening to the dreadful music, and our schedule says we should be up and running, hang up and call back in.
If there’s still no one else on the call, it’s possible we’ve had some huge problem with the call and our Master of Ceremonies has asked everyone to switch to our backup number, so reload this page or the Telesummit Home Page to find it. We will post it in very large type.
If there’s still no one else on the call, please check the date and time. Then send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to help.
What to Do If You Get Cut Off from the Telesummit
Just call back in.
And just in case you’re connected but not listening at the time, we’ll disconnect everyone and ask them to call back in at 3:30 pm Eastern3:25 pm Eastern time (use the link for other time zones), to comply with a teleconference service rule.
Please Mute Your Phone Before…
- Speaking to anyone else in the room with you
- Putting the call on speaker
- Running water
- Typing on your keyboard
- Turning on your microwave oven
- Entering a noisy location
If your phone has no Mute button, dial *6. You can unmute yourself by dialing *6 again.
If we need to mute you from our end, you’ll hear a notice that we’re doing it. You can unmute when your connection is quiet again by dialing *6.
(Did you notice the 6 button on your phone is also the M — for Mute — button?)