A teleclass is a live, sometimes interactive class (also referred to as a teleseminar) conducted over the telephone using a special tele-conferencing system and/or "webcast" system which can receive and support many callers at the same time from all around the world.
(Yes, very cool!)
How much does it cost?
The call content is usually free (unless you have paid the presenter to be on it), but you will need to pay the call charges to get you on to the call if you're using your phone which will depend on what country you are calling from and where you are calling to.
The webcast option is totally free, assuming you have access to a computer with internet connection. You simply log on to the Event Page given by the organiser and you can hear the call streamed live through your computer!
Regarding calling in by PHONE, I typically use US bridge lines as they are better and many of my callers are US-based, so below you will find information that will help you get the best deal when dialling overseas:
From the UK to the US: It's around £1.80 for an hour* when you subscribe to any of the following... As a first port of call I recommend you sign up with BT's International plan (very affordale and useful) or use a third party call provider such as OneTel.net. Although there are ways to call over the internet (Skype etc.) I don't recommend them as they can cause line problems, either for yourself or for the entire call if the call is not muted out. For this reason it's best to use one of the above providers or buy an "International Calling Card" which you can purchase from some newsagents and Post Offices.
Having said this, if the call is not interactive (and most of my free calls are not in the interest of time), using the webcast is often the best and cheapest option as it's completely free!
From Australia to the US: It's around $1.60 for an hour* if you use a pre-paid phone card. It is commonly recommended in Australia that you use Card Call for the cheapest rate around - available from most 7-11 stores).
* Please check the rate before dialling, these figures are subject to change and may not be relevant to the provider you choose to use.
What's great about a teleclass...
- You can call into the class from the comfort of your own home, office, car or wherever is convenient.
- Teleclasses offer an ideal learning climate because they are easy and convenient to attend - no travelling, queues, babysitters to organise, hotels, meals, traffic or parking hassles! You can even be wearing your pyjamas and no-one will ever know!
- If you were to attend the event in person you'd have all the extra expenses (as above) as well as getting to and from the venue - this way you can live LITERALLY anywhere in the world, be connected with many others just like you and not miss a single thing!
- Assuming the content of the call is free then you have access to high-quality information at NO CHARGE (other than the regular calling charges which can't be avoided!).
- It's super-easy to record the calls so you usually will get a recording emailed to you afterwards so you can listen to the content over and over again. This is a great bomus if you got a lot of value from the call and wished you had taken better notes!
- If you can't make the call the recording is a handy alternative (although never quite as good as being live on the call)
- You can invite friends, family, colleagues - anyone you like by forwarding on the call topic information (not the thank you email!) and that way they can get on the listening list too!
To find out your time zone when calling from outside the country, we recommend www.worldtimeserver.com. Always double check before you call, as one hour out makes all the difference!