Skype and the Modern Organization
Since the founding of Skype in 2003, this free communication tool has proven to be practical and useful in many areas of our society. Skype is regularly used for education in schools across the world—from kindergarten to postsecondary—and is a common way for friends and family to connect, regardless of the physical distance between them. Over the years, Skype has also found its place in the business sector.
How Businesses Use Skype
Skype is especially helpful in situations where face-to-face communication is preferable to email or talking on the phone, but in-person meetings are not feasible due to a lack of time or available funds. If you’re managing a large project or event, for a small fee, Skype allows you to meet with several clients or co-workers simultaneously. Plus, you can send others your documents—including photos, videos and many other types of files—using Skype. You can even present your work by sharing your screen with the person or people with whom you’re talking.
Many people use Skype not only to meet with current clients, but also to talk with prospective clients and discuss what skills and services they can provide. With Skype, there’s no need to limit yourself to finding clients within your geographic region. Similarly, some employers use Skype to recruit and interview potential employees from all over the world, while others use Skype to check in with employees who are working from home or on vacation. (In case you are ever asked to do an interview over Skype, here are some helpful interviewing hints.)
Try It Yourself
With Skype becoming a common business tool, it might be worth your time to become familiar with it. You can download Skype for free to try it out with your Argosy University peers. Use it to share and discuss your work with your fellow students or faculty members. Our faculty is now on Skype, and students can also add their Skype user names to Connections.
Learn More about Skype
Learn more about Skype at http://www.skype.com/en/what-is-skype/ and http://online.argosy.edu/blog/post/Skype-and-Education-Exploring-the-Benefits.aspx.
To read more on how businesses use Skype, check out http://blogs.skype.com/category/workspace-blog/#fbid=UzNZGqR7mUA.