Friday, May 07, 2010

Public Speaking: Look What You Can Do for Free with Skype

Did you know you can deliver a public speaking teleseminar over the Internet at little or no cost? You can also demonstrate your products, give instructions to a client and transfer files. This is all made possible with Skype, a software application that allows users to make video and voice calls over the Internet. With Skype, you can talk to people over the Internet just as if you were on the phone. Using a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), Skype allows you to do much more than make phone calls.

Why you might want to use Skype for your business.
Skype can be a very economical and useful public speaking business tool. It is free to download, free to register and free to use between other Skype users. Here are some of the functions you can perform using Skype.

* Make free phone calls.
Calls to other Skype users are free. If you want to make calls to traditional landline telephones and mobile phones, the fee is very low.

* Send text messages and instant messaging.

* Conduct video conferencing.
There are video cameras that you can connect to Skype. With this feature, you can tape your video conference as you deliver it and create a new public speaking product.

* Forward your Skype calls to your cell phone.

* Obtain an online 1-800 Skype number for your business.

* Have video chats.

* Share computer screens with your clients.
Access your clients’ desktops to give instructions through a screen sharing feature. With the screen sharing option activated, you can show your client how to perform a new skill or solve a problem.

* Demonstrate a product.
Using the screen sharing feature described above, you can demonstrate your product. The client can see you and you can see the client, as well. You can also watch as the client tries your product and then make suggestions to make it easier.

* Transfer files.
If you combine screen sharing and file sharing, you can send files at the end of teleseminar to give your audience extra value. The files could be a free e-book, tips or a video on the topic. This can be another way for public speakers to gain credibility.

* Give a teleseminar for clients who are also Skype users.
You will need a microphone and a webcam to conduct a class on Skype, as well as a headset. A microphone and headset combination allows your hands to be free. Though some computers have a microphone built in, their sound quality is not as a good as external microphones.

While some people are hesitant to use Skype because they think it sounds too technical, the service has many advantages and is worth the small effort it takes to learn it. Best of all, it’s free. Try it out.

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