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  • 1. Skype - Professional Digital Communication DIGITAL LITERACY & PROFESSIONALISM
  • 2. Please take a few moments to fill out the pre-workshop survey. Photo by Margaret Almon via Creative Commons License:
  • 3. Digital Literacy & Professionalism This workshop is one of a series made by possible by a Digital Literacy & Professionalism grant from the Washington State Library.
  • 4. Skype - Workshop overview • What is Skype? • Using Skype Professionally • Setting the Stage • Mannerisms & Speech • Getting Started • Create an Account • Practice Skyping!
  • 5. What is Skype? ● Online video, audio, and messaging tool that uses the internet and/or phone lines to connect people who use a variety of devices. ● Users are listed by “Skype Name” in the “Skype Directory” ● Features: ○ Instant messaging ○ Voice chat ○ Video chat ○ Screen sharing ○ Group chat ○ Video conferences
  • 6. Using Skype Professionally ● More day-to-day business meetings, workshops, and job interviews are being conducted online. ● Knowing how to effectively use communication technologies at work is important in this increasingly digital world. Photo by elycefiliz via flickr Creative Commons License.
  • 7. Setting the Stage - a few tips It is important to thoughtfully set the stage for your professional Skype interaction. • Prepare and test your devices and technology ahead of time • Consider what will be seen and heard during your Skype call • Try to anticipate and prevent distractions • Make sure you have plenty of light • Dress professionally • Post notes for yourself “off-stage” • Have all documents you might need handy • Keep your phone nearby in case of technology failure (but turn off the ringer)
  • 8. Mannerisms & Speech - a few tips Be mindful of nonverbal and verbal communication. ● Have good posture ● Avoid distracting gestures or movements ● Beware of using too many filler words, like “um” and “so” and “you know” ● Position the camera in a flattering angel ● Look into the camera rather than your at your screen in order to “make eye contact” ● Pay attention to body language- yours and theirs Photo by Adam Foster via Creative Commons License
  • 9. Getting Started - what will you need?
  • 10. Getting Started - Create your free account • • Click the “Sign In” link • Choose “Create an account” • Choose a name appropriate for a job interview or meeting • Fill out your account and Profile information • Record your Skype Name on your checklist sheet
  • 11. Pair & Prepare to Practice • Find a partner • Choose an ipad, laptop, or computer with webcam, grab a set of headphones • iPad users need to locate the Skype app • Computer & laptop users will need to download Skype...
  • 12. Download Skype (computers & laptops) • Go to • Click the “Downloads” link • Choose the appropriate device icon. • Click on the “Get Skype for…” • When the “Opening SkypeSetupFull.exe” window comes up, choose “Save File”
  • 13. Connect! • • Choose “Sign In” • Enter your Skype Name & Password • Click on “Sign me in”
  • 14. Practice ● Look up your partner in the directory ● Call your partner ● Use your checklist sheet to practice Practice Session by Dan Mills via flickr Creative Commons license:
  • 15. Where to get more information and help? •Skype support link: •Contact the library: •Contact eLearning: Photo by Steev Hise via Creative Commons License
  • 16. Questions?
  • 17. Please complete the post-workshop survey before you go. Photo by David Feng via Creative Commons License