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How to Switch to and from Lecture Mode in a Global Teleconference
Holding a global teleconference with multiple attendees from around the world often requires switching to and from “lecture” mode. For example, you may want to start the teleconference with a short welcome message, open up the lines for key participants to introduce themselves, switch back to lecture mode where you present your main topic, and then open up the lines for discussion or questions and answers. Fortunately, our global teleconferencing service allows you to quickly and easily change modes using a simple keypad command (*5).
Why Use Lecture Mode?
The keypad command is easy enough to use, but some teleconference moderators don’t take advantage of it, relying instead on participants to mute and unmute their phones as needed. This isn’t normally an issue in a small conference call, but miscellaneous sounds can become a distraction — especially with a larger group. As the moderator of the group, you do have the option to go in and mute individual lines yourself, but that requires you to momentarily step out of the moment to find and eliminate the noise source. Being in lecture-only mode avoids this problem completely.
With lecture mode activated, only your line is open to the group. All of your participants can hear you just fine, but their lines are muted en masse.
Switching to Lecture Mode
To switch into lecture mode, press *5 on your phone’s keypad. You can now begin speaking to the group without interruptions. Since you will not be able to hear attendees while in lecture mode, and they may not realize that they cannot be heard, let them know that you will open up the call for questions toward the end of your audio presentation.
If your topic is long or complex, you may want to pause periodically to take questions throughout the presentation rather than waiting until the end of the call. This can increase engagement and ensure that you don’t move to the next topic before the group fully understands the current one.
Opening Up the Teleconference Lines
Either way, opening the lines for questions is just as easy, press *5 once again. This keypad command acts as a toggle, turning lecture mode on and off.
That said, you may need to remind your participants to unmute their own lines by pressing *6 in order to ask a question.
For example, as you wrap up a topic, you might say, “Let’s pause for questions. You may need to press *6 to unmute your line…” and then you’ll press *5 to switch out of lecture only mode. Pause long enough to field any questions and then switch back into lecture mode by pressing *5 once again to resume your presentation.
Using lecture only mode is useful when you, the moderator, intend to do the most speaking. For example, if your international conference call is a global press conference, you may want to start in lecture only mode to present the newsworthy item and then open up the lines afterward to take questions from members of the press.