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How Voice RoundTables Work
Examples: Daily and Weekly Voice RoundTables
Advantages Over Conference Calls and Group Email
Life-Saving Potential: Medical Support Groups
Project Evolution in Health Care
Free Instructions for Creating Voice RoundTables
Welcome to an introduction to
The Voice RoundTable ™
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A Voice RoundTable is a new way of conducting any kind of group meeting or group discussion. Quick to set up and easy to conduct, it takes the best features of:
Telephone conference calls,
and rolls them into a single group-communications tool of great power and flexibility. Yet the only technology you need to conduct a "grass-roots" version of a Voice RoundTable is a special kind voice mailbox—one that you can easily rent
You use this special voice mailbox—called a “stand-alone” voice mailbox—as a forum for a group dialogue. By using this single voice mailbox as a "voice bulletin board" for your group, and by organizing the discussion into scheduled rounds of interaction, you can create a highly effective group dialogue―one accessible from any traditional or cellular phone. A free set of Quick-Start Instructions, available on this web site, tells you how.
Voice Roundtables can also be conducted on a more sophisticated level through advanced voice systems. Please contact me for information.
History and uses
I developed the concepts for Voice RoundTables with the help of research faculty at:
New York University
Although I created Voice RoundTables for the specific purpose of conducting medical support groups―and they serve this purpose very well―they can also be used for virtually any kind of group discussion:
Voice RoundTables have many advantages over other ways of conducting electronic group discussions. For example:
▪ Universal accessibility: Voice RoundTables are telephone-accessed. No PCs are ever involved. So even your group members who are not online can participate: anyone with access to a telephone can get involved.
▪ Cell-phone mobility: You can’t access an email discussion while roaming around with a cell phone. But if you are involved in a Voice RoundTable—and you also have a cell phone—you can tap into the group dialogue from anywhere you go.
▪ The emotional expressiveness of the human voice: Voice RoundTables deliver the full sound and intonation of the human voice. This important emotional expressiveness is lost in email discussions.
"VRTs" have many other advantages as well. (See: Advantages Over Conference Calls and Group Email.)
A major new trend
The significance of Voice RoundTables becomes clear when you consider that today, online, there are at least four ways of conducting a group discussion:
Group instant-messaging: private discussions
But until now there has only been one way of conducting a group discussion over the telephone: the telephone conference call. Why?
Voice RoundTables provide an alternative—a new way of creating a group dialogue over the telephone.
It will become clear as you learn more about VRTs that they are not a gimmick, not a passing phenomenon. Rather, they are part of a new wave of voice-communication tools about to sweep quickly— and permanently—into widespread use.
From "guerrilla communications" to grass-roots organizing
For-profit enterprises can use Voice RoundTables as a powerful new tool for “guerrilla communications.” Non-profits can use them as a dynamic new approach to grass-roots organizing. No matter who you are, Voice RoundTables can make the group meetings you are involved with less stressful―and more successful.
Free Quick-Start Instructions―downloadable now
This site provides you with a free set of Quick-Start Instructions that tells you how you can set up and begin conducting a Voice RoundTable today—for any group you're involved with—in less than an hour.
Click here to find out How Voice RoundTables work.