Before You Begin
Skype takes advantage of peer-to-peer technology to support their network. Thismeans that every user with Skype up and running - whether actually in a call ornot - is providing some processing power to the network. This also means thequality of any Skype call will be impacted by the quality of your connection,processing resources available from each participating caller and how busy theentire Skype network is at the time of your call. Being aware of these issues letsyou plan ahead for any potential problems.If your participants are spread out geographically, you'll need to time your callso all participants will be available. Posted or emailed schedules should make itclear what time the meeting will begin based on a speciﬁc time zone - and don'tforget Daylight Savings Time can be a factor too. If you have participants fromother countries, you might use Greenwich mean time (GMT) for your timestandard.For calls with more than 2 or 3 participants, having a call moderator is veryhelpful. Initially, this may be the person with the most tech experience but asmembers become comfortable using Skype this job could best be supported bythe society's secretary. As you'll soon see, this function is mostly procedural.Because there is extra processing overhead generated in managing a conferencecall, the call initiator should have signiﬁcant processing power available on his/ her computer. Netbooks and tablets can be used to attend, but are not suitablefor presenting or managing the call. Ideally, this would be the call moderator butit could easily be someone else. For best performance all participants should turnoff any unnecessary applications during the call.
Moultrie Creek Gazette