Skype Communication Tips

Skype Communication Tips

Communication tips

Now that you know how to make voice and video calls on Skype, learn how to avoid common communication problems like poor audio quality, webcam mishaps, and other technical issues. Just follow these tips, and keep them in mind every time you use Skype.

Finding the right spot

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Before you sit down to make a call, think about your surroundings. Is there a lot of background noise? Are there people nearby who might overhear you? This is especially important if you like to use Skype from your laptop or mobile device. Here's some advice to help you find the right location.

Making the call

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Have you ever been on a call in which the other person sounded far away? How about a video call where the webcam appeared to be shaking? These are common problems that usually come down to user error, not a technical issue. To make sure the other person can see and hear you clearly, follow these tips:

Playing it safe

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When you make calls on Skype, it's important to also keep safety and courtesy in mind. Even though you're most likely talking to people you trust, you can expose yourself—and others—in unexpected ways. For example, how would you feel if you were dancing in your living room, then realized your coworker was watching you on Skype? To avoid mishaps, always keep these safety tips in mind.

Solving technical issues

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When you experience a technical problem on Skype, the best place to go for help is its website—and specifically the Support homepage. There, you can choose a topic or conduct a search related to your problem (for example, strange sound, or why do I hear an echo). Topics from the support site that you may find useful include: