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This tutorial is about Skype Basics for those who have not explored the possibilities of Skype for personal and business use.

Open up a new world of communication. Hundreds of thousands people use Skype to connect to family and friends. I created this tutorial for those who have not discovered the many benefits of using Skype and may have not set up an account. The video feature of Skype does not always have to be in use. There are so many other useful features which you can use, especially for business purposes. If you already use Skype, you may find some new tips to help you with your business connections. I use Skype for personal use and I use it a lot for business.

Skype has many business uses such as text chatting, being able to exchange business information, resources, creating groups, and transferring files to mention a few. It is a great tool for quick communication and takes less time than sending emails when you need to do a quick connect or a private conversation.

What is Skype?

Skype is a service that allows user to communicate  with others by voice using a microphone, video by using a webcam, and instant messaging over the internet.

In this tutorial I will discuss Skype basics and tips you need to know to get started.

You do not always have to be on video to use skype. It is a great way to visually connect with family and friends for personal use, but you can use it for texting or chatting one on one or in groups, and as you will see, It has a lot of uses for business.

What do you need to get started?

1) An internet connection

2) A webcam so you can let people see you

3) A computer or mobile device with a microphone and speakers or a headset

attached.

Skype is best known for its ability to make calls from your computer to a landline phone– a paid service – but you can also make computer-to-computer calls for free.

Before you begin, login to the internet.

1) Creating your Skype Account

Login to your computer. Go to http://skype.com and click on the join button.Skype basics

Fill out the information to set up your account.

Make sure that you use a valid email address, as you will need this if you forget your password. It is also used to send you important messages about Skype and any products you’ve purchased.

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Enter a Skype Name. This is the name people will use to contact you on Skype.

Once created, you cannot change it.

Your Skype Name (Skype ID) must be between 6 and 32 characters. It must start with a letter and can contain only letters, numbers, and the following punctuation letter and one number.

Allowed Marks:


full stop (.)
comma (,)
dash (-)
underscore (_)

Enter a password. You will use this to sign in to Skype. Your password is case sensitive, must be between 6 and 20 characters, and must contain at least one letter and one number.
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Read the Skype Terms of Use and the Skype Privacy Policy and then click I agree– Continue.
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Your Skype account is created, and you are signed in to it. You can use your Skype Name and password to sign in to Skype on your computer, mobile phone, TV or any device you use Skype on.

In your account, you can buy Skype Credit and subscriptions, and manage other Skype features such as Online Numbers, Skype To Go™ numbers, voicemail and sending SMS messages.

Depending upon your operating system, you may have to download Skype as an application if you don’t already have it loaded on your computer.

1)  There is a download button on skype.com. Click download and a window with the Skype icon will appear. (If it does not, locate the Skype file that was downloaded and double-click it.) Drag the Skype icon to your Application folder or a folder you created on your desktop.

2) Open your Applications folder and drag the Skype icon into the Dock (the row of icons at the bottom of your computer screen) for easy access. You can throw away any remaining files that were downloaded in the process of installing Skype.

2) Main Skype Window Tour-Your Skype Dashboard

This is home. Be sure to fill out your profile and business information. You can also post links and messages for your friends to see on their end. Fill out as much of your profile as possible.

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Adding Contacts

First start adding contacts-You can search for a Name, Skype Name, or email address. Type in your search words and click the Search button. When you find someone you want to add, send them a request.

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When they receive your request, they will either accept or ignore it. As you acquire more friends and contacts, their avatars will be located on the left side of your dashboard.

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Your Status

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You can set your status by clicking on the Skype Bubble next to you Skype Id. You can set your bubble to any status you desire. If you do not want to be interrupted, invisible allows you to stay online and others do not know.

Text Messaging or Chatting

The most useful feature of Skype for business is instant messaging. If you want to text someone, click on their name located on the left side of your account, assuming you have added them, or accepted them as a contact.

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For business, text chat is a place you can network, develop JV relationships, make deals, and handle business. You can copy and paste information directly and instantly to another person or to a group. You can also transfer files to any of your contacts or groups. Skype is great for personal and business chat.

These are you call command icons.

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Click the plus sign for more features.

Four cool things you can do on Skype. Highlight the one you want.

  • Send Files-Transfer files
  • Send Contacts
  • Share Screens-You can share your screen with others and visa versa.
  • Add People-For adding people to groups.

Calling Other Skype Users – Audio and Video

1.Open Skype and see if the person you wish to talk to is currently online.

2.Double-click the userʼs name to initiate a voice chat. Once the recipient accepts your request, a window will appear indicating that your chat is in progress.

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3.To add video to your conversation, simply click on the video camera icon on the lowerleft corner of the window.

4.Now the other user can see you. They will have to click the same icon on their computer to allow you to see them.

5.To end the call, click the red icon of a phone.

Talk to anybody in the world free including all business contacts

Groups

Groups in Skype are great places to do business and network. To create a group:

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Emoticons and Hidden Emoticons

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Emoticons are as the name implies, icons with emotion. They are a great feature of Skype. You can use Skype regular or hidden emoticons during text messaging, and they make a difference in the tone of the messages. Each emoticon is coded. For example,  (sun) a sun. In Skype chat, click on the smily face to open the available icons. If you are using just the codes, don’t use spaces or capitals. (sun) is not ( sun ).

If you are posting, and want to include emoticons, be sure to put a space before and after after the code. For example (sun)  How is your business going today (sun) ? If you want to see the code for a specific emoticon, right click and copy into notepad, it will show in text code.

Here is a complete list of emoticons and their codes for reference. This list includes regular and hidden.

http://en.chat4o.com/skype-emoticons/

Skype has many advanced features such as video conferencing. This tutorial should get you started with Skype Basics.

Once you familiarize yourself with Skype, it can be a valuable tool you can use to communicate with your friends, family, and colleagues. Feel free to explore on your own by using the menu bar located at the top of your dashboard. Each item opens up to advanced features.

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Finally, don’t forget you can also download a Skype App to stay connected all the time.

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Happy Skyping!

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Sue Price
Twitter:
July 9, 2013 at 8:27 am

Hi Raena

What an awesome, awesome tutorial.

When I read the title I was surprised but then I know there are Americans that do not use Skype. I have had Skype since it very first started and I do not have an Australian friend who does not use it. Well my Mom’s age group maybe but there rest of us use it. It is the only online service I actually got my own name as my user :-)

Our telephone calls are quite expensive in Australia and overseas calls are even worse. If we did not use Skype or another internet service we would spend a fortune on telephone to have conference calls etc .

I have a paid monthly account and make landline calls to most places in the world for free on that service. It also means people anywhere in Australia can call me for a local call cost.

As I said Raena you have done a very good tutorial here.

Sue

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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 2:28 am

Hi Sue,

Thank you for your wonderful comments! Skype is a real money saver. I remember it was free when it first came out, but it had limited features. It has evolved into such a great tool for everyone across the globe! Currently, more features are free and it has most of the essentials the “average” person needs to be able to communicate by video, audio, and chat.

I’m sure it is very popular with many other countries because of it’s international capabilities. I plan to check some of the worldwide statistics on Skype use. You brought up a very intriguing point! Thanks for your loyalty and friendship!

Raena Lynn

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marquita herald
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July 9, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Great tutorial Raena! I have never used Skype and while I can understand what a terrific resource this must be for some people, not everyone enjoys endlessly chatting on the phone. But then I don’t get those phone who walk around with their cell phones plugged into their ear either. Still, I’m glad I took the time to review your post because I have a business call coming up next week and I’m thinking that maybe it’s time to test the waters with Skype. Thanks!
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 2:33 am

Hi Marquita,

Give Skype a try with a business call. After a few of them, you will appreciate it’s features. Start connecting with your business clients by exchanging your contact information. With a little practice, you will be a pro! Thanks for stopping by!

Raena Lynn

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Rachel Lavern July 11, 2013 at 2:32 am

I have Skype installed on my laptop; however, I really only use my laptop when I am giving PowerPoint presentations. Thanks to your tutorial, I can play around with it and perhaps find it of value (especially in my business).

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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 4:12 am

Hi Rachael,

Give it a try. Skype is great for business. Once you start using it, you will appreciate it’s power. A good way to start is to set up a client meeting using Skype. Exchange ID’s and get going! Keep me posted!

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Donna Merrill July 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm

Well Done Raena!

I hardly use Skype and carry that guilt around because I know how important it is. When I do, So many people try to talk to me and I always forget to push that button not to be disturbed lol!

Skype is such an important part of our business and I thank you for giving me a big kick int the you know what to use it more frequently.

What got me is the App! Now that I am using mobile more frequently and am on a huge learning curve as I write, this app will come in handy. Since I read the stats of how mobile users are growing like wildfire, I spent this entire week learning how to use it to the best of my ability.

This is why the app got me so excited.

I’ve also learned that I need to put on those emotions…people really respond to them. That was something I thought was unimportant until I just realized it now.

You have done such a great job with this Raena and I thank you!

-Donna
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 2:44 am

Hi Donna,

It seems that all of us are using mobile more frequently these days. I didn’t place a lot of emphasis on the app in this tutorial, but I mentioned it at the end just in case someone didn’t know there was an app…but hey…”There’s an app for that.” If you have the app on your phone, you are connected all the time…which can be a good thing…or a not so good thing…LOL

Don’t feel guilty. Start exchanging contact ID’s and build your contact list. After awhile, you will discover the benefits of using Skype for business. This tutorial was primarily created for beginners, but I know there are many people who use Skype strictly for personal use. It is fantastic for connecting with friends and family, but I love what it does for business. I have to say something about the emoticons. People do respond to them and they are great for building relationships. They are fun too! Sometimes when I’m on Facebook, and I want to clap or laugh…I’m at a loss. I’m so used to Skype, I forget how limited Facebook emoticons are in comparison.

I showed only the basic Skype emoticons in the tutorial. There are also many hidden ones too which are hilarious! Thanks for your comments. Skype On!

Raena Lynn

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Sarah Arrow
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July 12, 2013 at 5:22 pm

What a great tutorial Raena, love how you walk the newbie through each step of the process and explain the features. If it’s okay with you I’ll add this post to my autoresponder to my subscribers that need Skype tuition find you.
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 2:47 am

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your comment. It’s totally okay for you to use this tutorial any way you want. I know there are a lot of people just coming online and may be hesitant about using Skype because there is a learning curve. Believe me, it’s very short and Skype is a powerful tool for business. I’m glad you liked it and I appreciate your visit.

Raena Lynn

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Silviu July 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hello Raena,

A detailed tutorial, indeed. I have done about everything you say here. It works. However, there are two things I want to ask you:

1. Does screen-sharing works in the free version, too?
It seems it doesn’t work. At least I wasn’t able to do it.

2. How can you record a one on one video conversation on skype? Do you know a reliable software that can do this? I mean without taking all the space available on my hard disk.

Have a nice day
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 4:35 am

Hi Silviu,

Your question about screen sharing is a good one. I have the free version and I am able to screen-share most of the time both ways. However, there has been situations when it doesn’t work and I’m not sure if it is because of the version being used. I’ll see if I can find out more.

As to your question about recording a one on one video conversation, I’m assuming you don’t have Jing. It is an awesome tool I use daily for image screenshots and recording short videos. It has the capability of recording a 5 minute video. If you need it to be longer, Snagit is the next level of Jing and it is a paid upgrade, but the cost is very reasonable. Snagit has more features, but the free version, Jing, is usually enough for simple screenshots and recordings. Both are from the same company, TechSmith. Go to http://www.techsmith.com for the information. The website will show you everything you need to know. Download Jing, even if you need longer video time. It is a great tool. I hope I answered your questions and thanks for your comments!

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Silviu August 16, 2013 at 12:10 pm

Hi Raena,

Thank you for the reply and the ideas. I use Jing for taking screenshots. It is excellent. As a video tool I don’t like it. I don’t want my videos hosted on their site and I think the videos they make are too big in terms of disk space.
Now, what I really want is a tool that will record skype sessions. Let me detail: not only one on one sessions. More important, I want to record video conferences on skype with screen sharing, video playing, notes etc. At this moment I am trying Pamela but I am not convinced it can do all these.

Have a nice day
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Raena Lynn
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August 20, 2013 at 1:50 pm

Hi Silviu,

I agree that Jing is great for screenshots, but not as a video tool tool. However, if I need a quick 5 minute tutorial, I’ll use it and share the file. As to finding the best Skype video conferencing tool, I don’t think I can help you on that. Let me know how Pamela performs. It would be good information to pass along to others who are trying to achieve the same results. Thanks Silviu.

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Gregory Bowen
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July 13, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Hello Raena….Thank you for this post…..I have been a user of Skype for a year and still learned some things I didn’t know….like the emoticon coding ….I just learned yesterday of the chat bubble so a person can chat at the same time as talking!…I new you could do that just didn’t know how….Thanks again…Smokey
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 2:52 am

Hi Smokey,

I’m glad you learned something new! The chat bubble is very useful. I use it a lot. If I’m coaching, it’s great to keep track of what was talked about during the call or transferring files and links. The screen share is also a very handy tool. Of course the emoticons are one of my favorite features of Skype. Thank you for your visit and I appreciate your comment!

Raena Lynn

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Ryan Biddulph
Twitter:
July 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

Outstanding tutorial Raena!

I enjoyed the clear and simple breakdown here.

Skype can take your business to the next level if you use the tool effectively.

After reading your in depth steps any person can hop on the Skype train to speak to people anywhere in the world.

I use it like crazy, with all my world travels.

Thanks for sharing Raena!

Ryan
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 2:08 am

Hi Ryan,

Skype has taken my business to the next level and I hope by sharing this tutorial that it will introduce others to the possibilities of using Skype for business. I would guess that you are a loyal user of Skype because of your traveling and I know you travel all over the globe! Skype sure comes in handy when you think about it on a global scale. It’s original purpose was video chat, but through time it has become a dynamic, full featured communication platform. The business possibilities are endless. Of course it is wonderful for family and friends too! I really appreciate your comment and visit. Thank you!

Raena Lynn
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Cherrie Bautista
Twitter:
July 20, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Very informative tutorial, Raena Lynn! It used to be that sharing your desktop was also free in skype, but now you have to pay for it. Goongle+ Hangout now allows you to video chat with multiple people although I haven’t tried it yet. I wonder how it compares with skype’s paid version.
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Raena Lynn
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August 20, 2013 at 2:40 pm

Hi Cherri,

Thanks for stopping by. I think I missed your comment somehow, but I would still like to replay. I use Skype for family and business. I prefer Google+ Hangouts for video conferencing. It is mentioned in the tutorial for those who may be interested in an alternative conference platform or may not like other programs, including Google+ Hangouts. I think the fact that Google+ hangouts are free and are becoming so popular, I’m not sure what impact it has on Skype’s conference paid version. Interesting thought…I’m curious to find out. Thanks Cherrie

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Nile
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July 21, 2013 at 3:46 pm

This is a very in-depth post on Skype… nice! I like to use Skype sometimes. I usually only have it on when it is needed for calls with clients and they have to be scheduled. My only wish is that it was not so bulky, but as a developer, I understand all the features they have into it and it has actually saved me quite a bit on international calls.
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 2:02 am

Hi Nile,

Skype is great for appointments. It has the versatility to use the video, audio, or only text. I like the option of not having to use video if I’m still in my PJ’s. If I’m coaching, Skype is great for taking notes, because anything posted is there forever. I’ve posted links, files, instructions etc. and sometimes it’s so convenient to go to Skype and grab them when needed quickly instead of going to folders to retrieve them. It’s current and it’s real time and l love that about it too. It is a bulky program for sure and I have to “Quit Skype” sometimes such as running a Google Hangout at the same time.

A big plus, as you mentioned, is international calls. Thanks for your comments and I appreciate your visit! Rock on!…couldn’t resist…thought of that pink guitar.
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Arleen July 25, 2013 at 12:23 am

Very detailed tutorial. Years ago I was going to get Skype but you had to pay for it and so I really didn’t go any further. It is interesting that I found your detailed blog as several of people that I have connected with on Linkedin have asked me if they could connect through Skype. I can see where it is a plus for international contact.

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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 1:50 am

Hi Arleen,

I remember those days. I didn’t want to pay either, but now the free version is sufficient for most people. International connection is a huge plus. I talk to friends from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, South Africa etc. It’s win/win for everyone. Real time text chat is worth connecting for business purposes. Thanks for your comment. I appreciate your visit.

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Justin Rash
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July 25, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Thorough coverage of Skype. I love this service. I frequently use Skype for business and communicating with my friends in Thailand. As a matter of fact, the major political opponent to the King of Thailand, still oversees his businesses and political interests while living abroad as an exile by using Skype. If I am not mistaken, his sister is the current Prime Minister. The screen shots will be really valuable for a first-timer.
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 1:46 am

Hi Justin,

Wow that is so interesting! If the King of Thailand uses Skype for business, I think that is a pretty good hint that we may want to pay attention. It makes me wonder about the statistics of Skype use. I may look into that. Skype is definitely a global tool.

I remember when Skype launched for the first time. It seemed strange to think you could video chat with someone, but the idea was great. There was technology with video and cams, but the quality was terrible and the images were tiny and static. Now, we are getting spoiled. What a wonderful time to experience technology as it changes before us every day. Skype is known for video chat, but it has so many other cool features that I showed in the tutorial. I appreciate your visit and comment. Thanks!

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Viola Tam
Twitter:
July 27, 2013 at 5:04 am

Hi Raena,

Wow, what an outstanding tutorial! You must have put in a lot of efforts and thoughts into producing this!

I use Skype only occasionally. I only realize the profile and business information bit after a little while. I do not even know how to do a group call. Your instruction is clear. I shall try out a group call some time next month when I am not that busy!

Skype is an amazing tool for business. I trust that your tutorial can help many others.
Thanks, Raena!
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 1:30 am

Hi Viola,

I’m glad to hear that you found the tutorial to be helpful. I really like Skype for business and the screen share feature is very useful. The group call is a paid service, but you can have up to 10 people. Google Hangouts compete for free and is the most popular format for groups. Google beats Skype in that category, but Skype stands alone with some very impressive features no other platform can touch. If you do a group call, let me know how it goes!

You must have had some experience with screenshot tutorials! They take awhile to produce but they are so useful and actually have advantages over video for teaching. It’s so much easier to go right to a shot rather than trying to find a particular part on a video. Video is great, but I think still shots are more convenient. Thanks for your comments. I really appreciate it.

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Holly
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July 27, 2013 at 8:37 pm

Great tutorial! If I need to teach someone how to use Skype I will send them here!! I have used Skype and for a few of the things that you have mentioned.. although I haven’t used all that is available! I stumbled upon much of the things that you have taught here… Thanks for a great lesson!
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 1:19 am

Hi Holly,

I learned Skype by stumbling too. I thought it would be nice to have a basic tutorial to help new people coming in who want to learn how to use it. There is a lot of business activity going on in Skype and I think it is becoming more popular among marketers and entrepreneurs. It’s great for friends and family, and I especially love it for it’s business uses. Thanks for stopping by!

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David Merrill 101 July 28, 2013 at 5:02 am

Great tutorial, Raena.

I love the graphic support you give.

Skype is a wonderful tool to use both to get business and to build relationships with those in your organization. I highly recommend that bloggers, internet marketers and other online entrepreneurs read this article carefully, and start unleashing the full power of Skype.
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

Hi David,

I agree with you. Skype has great power. I’ve established some of my best business relationships on Skype. It’s real time chat and there is a lot of flexibility as to using audio, video, or just text chat. Screen share is also a very nice feature for business. I love the versatility of Skype and creating mini groups of 2 or many people is very useful for collaboration. Thanks David! I always appreciate you comments of wisdom.

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Patricia Gozlan July 28, 2013 at 4:05 pm

Great tutorial Raena,
I love Skype it is easy and follows me everywhere I go.
The only question I have is if the group conference option we can use with the premium package works well for more than 3 people as far as sound and image is concerned.
Thanks for doing this amazing work for us and hep us understand how it works.

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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 12:55 am

Hi Patricia,

I love Skype too. The only thing I will say with group conference is sometimes it’s great, and sometimes it’s not. It’s about the same as Google Hangouts. I’ve participated in some which were perfect, and some with audio or technical problems. I think it all depends upon the connections. I appreciate you stopping by. I love our videos and podcasts! You do great work!

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Sarupa Shah
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July 28, 2013 at 4:15 pm

This is a great post Raena…a great explanation and I wish when my mum and dad started Skype this had been published – it would have saved me a lot of phone calls of panic from them ;-)
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 12:46 am

Hi Sarupa,

Thank you for the compliment. I’ll bet your parents are pros now because you spent the time to teach them. It isn’t difficult to learn, but anything seems hard if you don’t know. It seemed complicated to me at first and I avoided it because I thought it was “another platform to learn” but believe me, overall it is quite simple. I hope that the tutorial will help other people overcome any fears or hesitation because they perceive it to be difficult. It is such an incredible tool and it is a shame for people to miss the benefits of using it. I appreciate your comments :)

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Christi Johnson July 28, 2013 at 9:11 pm

I LOVE Skype so much!! It kept me sane while my husband was deployed for a year. We got to talk every, single day…sometimes, multiple times per day. I haven’t yet been able to use it for business – outside of business conversations…but I have heard that Skype can be a great marketing tool. I wish I could figure out THAT side of it!!

Thanks for this article, lady! LOoking forward to more…
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 12:42 am

Hi Christi,

Skype is an incredible tool to have during these times. Think of all the families, including yourself, who have been able to connect with their loved ones while on duty. Awesome! My daughters live far away now, and I love Skype-ing whenever we can. I miss them terribly, but it sure helps to be able to see them. It’s fun too, because they can share views of their apartment, or their cat. Good times!

I also love Skype for business use and one of the reasons I created the tutorial was I know there are many marketers who have not discovered how useful it can be used as a business tool. It’s instant…real time discussion. I have to admit, I love the emoticons. Skype is different than emailing, but there is a little learning curve involved. It isn’t difficult and once you get hooked, it’s easy to depend on it. Thanks for commenting. I really appreciate it.

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Yorinda
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July 29, 2013 at 8:16 pm

Hi Raena,
you really covered a lot in this great tutorial introduction.

One thing I found annoying with Skype is the popups of notifications, which to some degree I have been able to turn off.
I haven’t tried group calls on skype, you say you have to pay for them. Does that apply even for audio calls?
How do you find skype compares to Google Hangouts?

Thank you for this great information!
I will share it so more people can benefit from it!
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Raena Lynn
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July 30, 2013 at 12:33 am

Hi Yorinda,

I agree with the notifications. There is a setting to turn them off under the conversations tab. Sometimes it defaults back, so I think that is what you mean by “which some degree I have been able to turn off.” The only other option is turn down your volume.

Group calls cost additional fees. Audio calls don’t. I’ve also discovered that some of the features are different depending upon what version you have, so you need to check.

I love Skype for text chatting and exchanging information such as links and files. I prefer Google Hangouts better because it is free and you can have many people involved. Google Hangouts have some issues (technical) but it is an incredible platform to hangout and do business. Thanks for stopping by!

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Yorinda
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August 6, 2013 at 5:36 am

Thank you for your reply, Raena!
Yes, the defaulting back is what I meant.
Even with the sound off, I still find the pop- ups distracting.
So my skype is only turned on when I have and appointment.
Thank you for letting me know your preference, even though there are still technical issues.

To smooth communications!
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Raena Lynn
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August 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Hi Yorinda,

Maybe there is a ninja method to fix the annoying pop-ups. I probably should know how to do that, but now I want to find out. If I do, I’ll let you know. Thanks!

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Pearly Quah August 2, 2013 at 10:26 am

Hey Raena,

Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I believe many people do have Skype accounts but don’t realise how important it is to be used for business purpose. Although we know that people created Skype account for connecting with family and friends but your tutorial make it obvious that it can be used for business too.

Excellent article.

Cheers
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Raena Lynn
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August 4, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Hi Pearly,

It’s great to see you! I created this tutorial as a basic start up guide, but I also wanted to share its business applications. Google Hangouts has become very popular for networking, but Skype can be added as another tool and has different features for business that is very useful. Thanks Pearly!

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marytlou August 6, 2013 at 10:15 am

Indeed an informative post for those who are new to this software/ app and I wish there was something like this when we started using Skype. We learned of it only through practice. Thanks for the share.

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Raena Lynn
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August 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Hi Marytlou,

You are welcome!

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Dan August 14, 2013 at 12:06 pm

Skype is a great tool that everybody uses these days in order to communicate with each other or with other business partners. Furthermore, you made such a great article for people that are using it for the first time. Keep up the good work. This was cool !

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Raena Lynn
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August 20, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Hi Dan,

Thank you for your comments. I think the post is a good start for people who are not familiar with Skype, but my hope is that seasoned Skype users will see the opportunity for using it in business. I appreciate your kind comment!

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