My readers in other countries may not be aware that the United States weather service is forecasting a blizzard of historic proportions for the US Northeast. From New York to Maine, forecasts for overnight and into tomorrow call for severe and rapid snowfall and accumulation.
I just received a courtesy notice related to the storm from one of my audio conferencing providers, ConferTel. Their warnings and suggestions are good advice for anyone planning to use telephone conferencing as part of a webinar or webcast tomorrow morning. Unfortunately that includes me! :)
Dear Valued Customer,
Based on past experience with snow storms like the one expected tomorrow in the northeast, we anticipate that there may be intermittent phone network overloads as people try and connect with colleagues that they would normally speak with in person during the morning hours from 9 - 11:30 am ET. If you encounter a trunk busy signal, this means that there is an overload somewhere in the network between your location and the conferencing platform. This type of issue is not due to our conferencing platform, but due to the overloaded telephone network. We suggest you first try using the toll number associated with your conferencing ID instead of the toll free number. In extreme circumstances, it may be necessary to reschedule your conference call.
Good luck, and stay safe and warm up there!