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Today’s vital tool, Skype,  is to be talked of and yes it is needed by all! Not only is it free to download and use but it has revolutionised the way we do business too. The family life is not the same since it has arrived on the market…

This tool vital to our business is rather interesting read on wikipedia :

Skype

is a proprietary voice over Internet Protocol service and software application created byNiklas Zennström and Janus Friis, and owned by Microsoft since 2011.  The service allows users to communicate with peers by voice, video, and instant messaging over the Internet. Skype services are free of charge, and has also become popular for its additional features, including file transfer, and videoconferencing. Skype has 663 million registered users as of September 2011.[3]  Unlike other VoIP services, Skype is a peer-to-peer system rather than a client–server system, and makes use of background processing on computers running Skype software; the original name proposed – Sky peer-to-peer – reflects this.

A vital tool needed by all – FREE – Skype.

So it’s an interphase that looks like this and when you call people their face comes up on the video, should you so want it to. For business purposes I prefer not to have the video option and concentrate on listening rather than seeing. It also has the advantage that you may not want to be seen either!  You can “call” just about anywhere in the world providing the internet connection is up to it and for your business it is very helpful as most people have acces to a ‘cyber café’ and hense skype.

Group chats

These are the nerve of the mindset of a group/team. When our mentors put one up I couldn’t really see the difference with normal one on one with my mentor, you could type in your question and when he could he would answer it.  By that I mean that my mentor was in Australia and so could not always be ‘live’ so questions typed in skype message box was fine.Skype leaves a number on the tool bar at the bottom of your computer screne to show you if you have messages or not (here 1 message). So you instantly know if your mentor or team has left you a message.  The group chats are out of this world as they go 24hrs when you are sleeping some other part of the globe is not so can answer any queries, it also uses the competances of every group member, and is a great way to stay pluged in, motivated and up to date. I would recommend these to all businesses whatever type.

A vital tool needed by all – FREE – Skype

This can change the family life too. When one of the parents is away on business for a while it is really a different scope when the view and sound of the person is there!  T was away a lot last year and so for christmas this year I figured instead of paying 300€ on phone bills why don’t I invest in a small laptop. We had our first skype session last week and it has made all the difference in the world, not only to the children who see Dad larking about in his hotel room it also brings it home to them that it is just that work and hotel rooms !!! Today I helped a collegue’s of T’s wife set it up and their daughters just 4 and 6 who have not really been without Dad for so long can speak to him and see him tonight and that makes my cockles warm. I wrote a thankyou comment to skype and now this article and also a video you can see here  http://youtu.be/CTKh5UYg7G4 .  I was in quite a rush to get the dog out and I do love to walk!

If you too would like to get on our skype group chat just skype me first name payencat