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Voice Consultation

[Modified: 8.5.103.10, 8.5.109.16]

The Voice Consult functionality enables you to consult with an internal target or a contact about the current voice interaction.

During the consultation, you can transfer to the target or start a conference with the target. The target can choose not to accept your consultation, transfer, or conference request, and can choose to end the consultation. Voice consultations that are started from an active interaction enable the internal target to view case data, contact information, and history.

Starting a Voice Consultation

The Voice Interaction view enables you to start a consultation with an internal target or a contact about your current voice call.

Click the Start a Consultation button (IW Consultation Icon 850.png).

Use the Team Communicator to find an internal target or a contact.

In the Action menu, click:

  • Start Voice Consultation—Start a voice consultation with an internal target or a contact.
After the consultation request is initiated, the contact or internal target is put on hold, and the consultation request call is presented to the consultation target. The Call Status indicators that are next to the name of the party show whether the contact or internal is on hold, and indicates when the consultation request changes from Establishing to Connected.
Or,
  • Start Voice Consultation (Transfer)—Initiate a voice interaction to talk to the transfer target prior to transferring the call to the internal target or another contact.
  • Start Voice Consultation (Conference)—Initiate a voice interaction to talk to the consultation target prior to conferencing the call to the internal target or another contact.

Notes:

  • You can also choose to start an Instant Message Consultation from the Action menu. Click Start Instant Message Consultation to display the Instant Message view in the current interaction window. Send a message to send an invitation to the consultation target.
  • Depending on how your system is configured, when you end the call with the consultation target you might automatically be reconnected with the contact who was on hold or you might have to manually reconnect the call by clicking Resume (IW Hold Call Button 850.png). The manual reconnect feature enables you to make another consultation call without being reconnected and having to put the contact on hold again. [Added: 8.5.103.10]

Transferring a Voice Interaction

To talk to the transfer target prior to transferring the call to the internal target or another contact, click the consultation button in the toolbar, and from the Team Communicator Action menu select the following option:

Start Voice Consultation (or, Start Voice Consultation (Transfer), depending on the type of environment that you have).

After the consultation request is initiated, the contact or internal target is put on hold, and the call is presented to the consultation target. Look at the Call Status indicators next to the name of the party to determine whether the contact or internal target is on hold and to determine when the consultation request changes from Establishing to Connected.

After your target accepts the consultation, you are connected and you and the transfer target can speak to each other. The contact remains on hold.

Completing the Transfer

To complete the transfer, click the Instant Transfer button (IW Instant Voice Transfer Icon 850.png) from the main voice interaction, select the consultation target from the Team Communicator, and click Instant Call Transfer. The contact or internal target is connected to the transfer target, and the voice-call status changes to Ended in the Voice Interaction view.

You can perform any of the following functions by using the Voice Consult toolbar:

  • Alternate (toggle) between the contact or internal target and the transfer target by clicking Resume Call (IW Retrieve Call Button 850.png). The other party is put on hold until you toggle back or complete the transfer.
  • End the call to the consultation target and resume the call with the Contact or internal target (IW End Call Button 850.png).
  • Send dual tone multi frequency (DTMF) to the transfer target by using the DTMF keypad (IW Open DTMF Keypad Button 850.png).
  • For VoIP-/SIP-enabled agents, the following additional call actions are available: record the call, mute and unmute the call, and adjust the microphone and speaker volumes. Refer to Voice Interactions for a list of additional actions and limitations.

Once the transfer is completed, close the Voice Interaction window by clicking Mark Done (IW Mark Done Button 850.png). You might be configured to specify a disposition code before you can click Mark Done.

Note: You choose to change the transfer to a conference by clicking the Instant Conference button (IW Instant Voice Conference Icon 850.png), selecting the consultation target from the Team Communicator, and clicking Instant Voice Conference. Refer to Completing the Conference.

Starting a Voice Conference

To talk to the conference target prior to conferencing the call to the internal target or another contact, click the consultation button in the toolbar, and from the Team Communicator Action menu select the following option:

Start Voice Consultation (or Start Voice Consultation (Conference), depending on the type of configuration that you have).

After the consultation request is initiated, the contact or internal target is put on hold, and the call is presented to the consultation target. Look at the Call Status indicators next to the name of the party to determine whether the contact or internal is on hold and to determine when the consultation request changes from Establishing to Connected.

Completing the Conference

After your target accepts the consultation, to complete the Conference, click the Instant Conference button (IW Instant Voice Conference Icon 850.png), select the consultation target from the Team Communicator, and click Instant Call Conference. The contact or internal target is connected to the transfer target to conference the call to the target. The contact or internal target is connected to the conference target.

You can perform any of the following functions by using the Voice Consult toolbar:

  • Alternate (toggle) between the contact or internal target and the conference target by clicking Resume Call (IW Retrieve Call Button 850.png). The other party is put on hold until you toggle back or complete the conference.
  • End the call to the conference target and resume the call with the Contact or internal target (IW End Call Button 850.png).
  • Send dual tone multi frequency (DTMF) to the conference target by using the DTMF keypad (IW Open DTMF Keypad Button 850.png).
  • For VoIP-/SIP-enabled agents, the following additional call actions are available: record the call, mute and unmute the call, and adjust the microphone and speaker volumes. Refer to Voice Interactions for a list of additional actions and limitations.

Note: You can choose to change the conference to a transfer by clicking the Instant Transfer button (IW Instant Voice Transfer Icon 850.png), selecting the consultation target from the Team Communicator, and clicking Instant Voice Transfer. See transfer for more information.

After the conference is established, you can perform the following actions:

Suspend and Reinstate Listening

[Modified: 8.5.109.16] You might be configured to suspend and reinstate listening by parties in a conference. Click the Party Action menu on the Voice Interaction view and select Suspend From Conference to suspend that party from the conference. The party cannot hear what the other parties say, nor talk in the conference until he or she is reinstated to the conference.

When a party is suspended from a conference, the word Suspended is displayed next to his or her name in the Party Action menu and the Call Conference icon (IW 851 Call Conference Icon.png) changes to the Call Conference Suspended icon (IW 851 Call Conference Suspended Icon.png).

To reinstate the suspended part to the conference, click the Party Action menu on the Voice Interaction view and select Reinstate To Conference to allow the party to hear what the other parties are saying and talk to both parties.

Removing a Party from the Conference

You might be configured to remove a party from a conference. Click the Party Action menu on the Voice Interaction view and select Delete From Conference to remove that party from the conference. You can still talk to the party who was not removed from the conference.

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