Working in an international environment means participating in conference calls. Instead to travel, meet and discuss face-to-face, it means dialing into a phone conference ‘bridge’. This can be augmented with ‘Netmeeting’ or other means of sharing files or desktop content.
While the biggest argument for conference calls are cost savings (no need to travel), in my experience such conference calls are much less effective than real meetings. The following fun video is about what conference calls would be like if they took place in an actual office meeting. If you have ever participated in a conference call, then the problems these people face will be very familiar to you :-).
Happy Conferencing 🙂