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An audio conference is like a large conference call, but in a more controlled, program-like environment. The entire "conference" is conducted via the telephone, and a speakerphone is the only equipment needed to participate in the conference as a listener.
An organization interested in participating in a specific conference needs to register for it using one of our 4 easy ordering methods. Registration includes:
- access to a 90-minute interactive call for as many people as can fit in a room with a speakerphone
- downloadable presentation handouts-which are made available 48 hours prior to the call
- an opportunity to participate in a live Q&A session following the presentation
Each Thompson Interactive audio conference runs for approximately 90 minutes. The expert speaker usually uses the first 60 minutes to share "how-to" tips and real world insights on a particular topic. During this speaker presentation portion of the conference, registrants are in a "listen-only" mode. After the presentation portion is concluded, the phones are "opened up" for a live interactive Q&A session, with conference attendees queuing up to ask questions of the presenters. This part of the conference usually lasts for 20-30 minutes.
Is it possible to obtain a complete listing of the upcoming audio conferences being offered by Thompson Interactive?
If you're interested in information specific to a certain topic area, please visit us at thompsoninteractive.com and click on the appropriate area listed on the left menu bar.
How do I register for an audio conference?
There are four easy ways to register. You can order online at thompsoninteractive.com. You can download the registration form and fax it to
us at 800-999-5661. You can call us toll-free at 800-677-3789, or you can mail in your completed registration to Thompson Subscription Center P.O. Box 41868 Austin, Texas 78704.
How long does an audio conference usually run?
Thompson Interactive audio conferences typically run for 90 minutes: 60 minutes for the "presentation" of how-to tips and real world insights by our expert speaker and 30 minutes a live interactive question and answer session that conference attendees participate in. Most audio conferences are scheduled for 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time.
What do I do if I've registered for an audio conference but cannot find the document that includes the call-in instructions?
At any time before the audio conference begins, you can call 800-677-3789 and our Customer Service team will assist you in joining the call.
What is Thompson Interactive's cancellation, substitution and refund policy?
If you are not able to attend for any reason, please notify us as soon as possible. Conference cancellations received 24 hours prior to the start time of the audio conference are fully refundable. After that, cancellations are subject to a $25 processing fee. If you prefer, you may substitute an upcoming audio conference for the one you originally registered for and avoid the $25 processing fee. All refunds resulting from conference cancellations will be issued within 72 hours.
Can I submit an idea for a future audio conference?
Yes, we would love to hear from you. If you have suggestions for audio conferences please call 240-235-0276 and let us know your audio conference topic suggestion.
I'm interested in becoming one of your expert speakers, or I would like to recommend a speaker for an upcoming audio conference. Who should I contact?
Please feel free to contact our Producer at 240-235-0276 about making recommendations for new speakers or becoming part of our expert speaker network.
What are cookies and how does Thompson Interactive use them?
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The purpose of a cookie is to help Thompson Interactive analyze our web traffic overall and to identify when you visit a particular section of our site. By gathering and remembering information about your preferences, we can tailor our website to better meet your needs, likes and dislikes in the future.
In most cases, not only does the storage of personal information into a cookie go unnoticed, so does access to it. Web servers automatically gain access to relevant cookies whenever the user establishes a connection to them, usually in the form of Web requests.
Accepting a cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any personal information about you, other than the data you chose to share. We strictly monitor and enforce this practice.
Additionally, you may set your web browser to notify you of cookie placement requests or decline cookies completely. You can delete the files that contain cookies. The files are stored as part of your internet browser.
Additional Terms and Conditions.
Audio conferences are sponsored by Thompson Interactive, 4340 East-West Highway, Suite 300, Bethesda, MD 20814. Thompson Interactive reserves the right to substitute speakers and reschedule or cancel audio conferences due to unforeseen circumstances. Thompson Interactive is not responsible for any problems stemming from registrants' organization's hardware or telecommunications services. Recording of audio conferences is prohibited.
Does Thompson Interactive offer continuing education credits as part of its audio conference program?
Recognizing the importance of continuing education, we are currently working with the appropriate accrediting bodies to obtain permission to offer this important service to our conference participants. For additional details on the status of our HRCI, CLE and CPE applications, please visit our continuing education center.
How can I obtain an official document confirming that I have attended an audio conference in my field of expertise?
In order to obtain an official document confirming that you have attended an audio conference/webinar, you must complete the Thompson Interactive survey. After the audio conference/webinar, you will receive an email from the registrar with a link to the survey. Upon completing the entire survey, you can download a "Certificate of Completion". This certificate can be used for HRCI Credits and proof of attendance. Please note, HRCI Credit will only be given towards Human-Resource Related Audio Conferences/Webinars.
How can I obtain the handouts associated with my upcoming audio conference?
The handouts for each audio conference are typically available for downloading from our website 48 hours prior to the actual event. When the handouts become available, you will receive an e-mail from the registrar that includes a REGISTRATION CODE specific to your audio conference. To access your handouts, simply go to thompsoninteractive.com. Once there, key your registration code in the box located right under the "Get Your Handouts" title located in the upper right corner of the page. After downloading your handouts, you may make as many photocopies as necessary for all of the listeners at your registered site(s).
By participating by the webinar portion, will I receive different handout materials than if I participated in the audio conference only?
Participating by webinar or audio conference will provide the same handout materials. The webinar allows participants to view the materials as the slides are advanced by the speaker as well as ask questions via the "chat" functionality. All participants can ask questions verbally during the Question and Answer session at the conclusion of the speaker's presentation. Additionally, all participants may wish to download the materials in advance to utilize for note taking.
Do I need to download any java-based plug-in to set up my computer for webinars?
No, you do not need to download any plug-in software to set up your computer for a Thompson Interactive webinar.
When will I receive the Webinar information?
The conference registrar will email you the information you need 48 hours prior to the start of the conference. The email will contain dial-in information for the audio component of the conference as well as the URL address and Conference ID number for connecting to the webinar portion.