The telephone town hall concept has been around awhile now and has gained popularity with political leaders and organizations steadily, but now it is finding a wider audience.…
A recent story in USA Today recently noted that 73,000 people tuned in to a TeleForum™ call discussion featuring an Obama administration official, a mother and an environmentalist. The topic was childhood asthma and the administration’s smog reduction efforts. That event was sponsored by the American Lung Association.
This is just one example of how TeleForum™ events can be employed by advocacy groups, organizations, business and political leaders to expand their outreach and communication programs.
Public participation in many programs has been dwindling in recent years. People have a variety of options when it comes to using their time. Sometimes, its inconvenient to drive somewhere to attend a meeting. Scheduling these meetings by using a telephone is one way to keep people involved and keep the lines of communication open.
The primary benefit of telephone town halls is that they involve the participants. Those on the call can ask questions. Presenters can conduct polls. Participants can also be invited to leave comments or questions on voice mail at the conclusion of the event.
Quality public discourse is one of the essential elements of a free and democratic society. The telephone town hall uses of the phone, one of our simplest and most prevalent communications technologies, to foster broader connections and spur serious discussion of issues and challenges of importance.
The technology can also be used just to bring groups of like mind together, for example sports fans and their professional team groups, business managers and their field agents, or college alumni and the new president.
The technology can be applied in a variety of ways and it can be used for groups of any size.
If you would like to learn more about telephone town halls and how you or your organization can use them, contact us.