It’s Monday morning, and you are running late to work. You have a standing scrum meeting at 9:00 am every morning, and you will not be able to get to the office in time. Luckily there is a conference line number to call in to the meeting. How do you juggle your laptop, lunch box, coffee, car keys AND manage to call in to your daily meeting on time?!

Can you relate to this scenario?

If so, there is a neat trick that I recently learned in which you can program pauses followed the conference passcode into a phone number and save it as a contact on your cell phone. It is really simple to do, and it will save you time and stress when trying to call in to a reoccurring meeting.

Follow these easy steps:

  1. Create a New Contact on your cellphone
  2. Give the Contact a name that represents the meeting you are attending. You may also want to add additional details like the Company. I used the following:
    First: Scrum
    Last: Meeting
    Company: eimagine
  3. Enter in the conference line number. Make sure to start with the country code. It should look similar to this:
    1 (555) 555-5555
  4. Now you will need to add a pause ( to allow time for the phone to ring and the conference automated voice to answer). The iPhone keypad toggles to display a button called ‘pause’, which places a comma on the phone number line. If you don’t have an iPhone just look for a button with a comma on it. Your phone number should now look similar to this:
    1 (555) 555-5555,,
    Note: depending on your conference service (we use WebEx) you may need multiple pauses. I entered two pauses for my conference line.
  5. Now you are ready to type in the access code to your meeting. It should now look something like this:
    1 (555) 555-5555,,555555555
  6. Save your new contact.
  7. Test your work. Try calling the conference line by clicking on the phone number or using voice commands (I use Siri on my iPhone).
    Note: If you are testing outside of the meeting time, you may get a message telling you that your code is invalid or the meeting hasn’t started yet.

I hope this will help reduce your already stressful day by allowing you to call in to a meeting with the click of a button on your cell phone!




Disclaimer: This blog is not meant to advocate using your cellphone while operating a vehicle, which is strongly discouraged.

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