Skype

by Ann Premazon

skypeSkype has created a world of instant communication whether you are on the road or working from a remote office. From being able to send typed messages back and forth using IM or having a face to face conference call, Skype has near unlimited capabilities. In their eight years of being, Skype continues to add more features as well as improve communication quality. Skype continues to reach out to different types of people by making their product work for the consumer.

One of it’s most popular uses is the video chat option, which allows a face-to-face conversation. In business, this is an important feature especially when making big decisions. Being able to sit and see the face of the person you’re dealing with sometimes makes all the difference. The importance of this feature is how it connects people all over the world. A person does not have to leave their office or even their state to connect with another client. In order to make the best of Skype’s video chat, here are 10 tips to making a better connection.

  1. Using headsets improve audio conversation
  2. Customize your profile with pictures and status updates to make it easier for clients to find you.
  3. By updating your contact list, you won’t have to search through your email for contact information
  4. Let your clients know when you are available or not by updating your mood status
  5. Allows for questions to be answered faster than email by using it’s IM function
  6. FREE Skype to Skype Video Chats (Save on the phone bill)
  7. Instant Connection to all clients
  8. Online Number Option gives clients instant access by phone when they are on the road
  9. Skype has voicemail and forwarding capability when you have to be away from the computer.
  10. Text without the typos with Skype

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Skype’s not all business. My Technical Manager has used it to keep in touch with family across the country and uses the video chat to “virtually attend” family events and see new babies and other important additions to the family (cat’s and dogs).
Do you have Other Options?

oovooAbsolutly – ooVoo and Google + Hangouts are other tools that will allow you to video chat with one or multiple people. I’ve used ooVoo many times and really like it, however many of the people I work with are already on Skype, so I keep coming back to it. It’s also has many tightly integrated tools for phones and websites already commonly used. Such as, when you have Skype installed and logged in, you can plug it in to Firefox and numbers will automatically be highlighted and you can dial right through Skype by clicking on them.

google plusI’ll be going more in depth with Google + in another post so stay tuned, but you can set up video hang outs with one or a group of people. I’ve actually done this as well and used my phone to video chat with a group of friends I hadn’t seen in a while.

I’d like to hear what you’re Skype use has been like and if you have tried any of these alternatives. Let me know in the comments below.

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Bernie Landry January 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm

Some great tips Ann. The headset is so important because making sure you have good audio quality makes the experience so much better. Thanks for sharing

Ron January 31, 2012 at 2:53 pm

I lecture new publishers using SKYPE. Talked for two hours to a recent class. I’m in Loveland, CO and the students were in Montgomery AL. It is a great way to save travel expenses. I use the new Logitec 9000 pro and it gives a great picture. Sometimes SKYPE is a little slow (or maybe it’s my computer) to shift from video to screen share for PowerPoint presentations. I also SKYPE with friends in Africa and family in USA.

Danielle Parsons January 31, 2012 at 4:33 pm

Great post Ann! Skype has helped me stay in touch with my large network of members from Europe and Russia and other parts of the world. It is a good service.

Web conferencing is much more affordable now for everyone. I decided to get a 500 seat conference room and be able to present my clients powerpoint slides, videos, share my browser and my desktop. A basic conference room costs less than $20 for a year. Of course people can upgrade to more seats as they need them.

S.A.Alagarsamy January 31, 2012 at 5:03 pm

Respected Ann PreMazon

I thank you and I read your blog well…
Many thanks
alagarsamy with best regards
and admiration from Chennai
s.a.alagarsamy
Chennai
Renewable Energy Promoter
India

Ilene Dillon January 31, 2012 at 7:01 pm

Certainly, I’ve used Skype to connect with clients all over the world, which is a real boon.

While traveling in Australia (away from home for 2 months), my husband and I were able to see how the grandchildren were growing and keep in touch with the family. We could show them some of the sights, in fact!

Now, our youngest is working for Pachamama in the rain forest jungle of Ecuador, bringing maternal and family health to jungle villages. We spoke with her last night, keeping up with all the exciting and powerful things she is doing and even meeting her friends! The best part is that it didn’t cost us a penny. It’s a blessing.

Ilene Dillon January 31, 2012 at 7:06 pm

I also utilize my Logitech headset to air my weekly radio program, Full Power Living, which has been “transforming our world through the power and mastery of human emotions” since 2004. This week I’m talking with Michael Chase, founder of The Kindness Center about the power of kindness and compassion in our world. 9 am PT Feb 2nd.

Julia January 31, 2012 at 7:29 pm

Skype’s been generally good, but there’s no-one to shout at when it breaks. That’s the problem with free apps! Thinking of trying other programs for tutorials … I’d love to know what others think

Ann Premazon January 31, 2012 at 11:09 pm

Ilene – Both my technical manager and I use it to keep in touch with our families as well. What your youngest seems to be doing sounds amazing. Wishing you and her the best!

Ann Premazon January 31, 2012 at 11:10 pm

Julia – Well, you could be like me and just yell at the ceiling! ha ha. Pretty sure the office next to me thinks we’re crazy. Try a Google + hangout. I had good luck testing that and I was on my phone.

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