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Skype: How to Join to a Skypecast

I don't quite use Skype and certainly sometimes I feel afraid to use it, because I don't feel so much familiar with the protocols. I am frequently connected via GTalk (tonnetisalove ID). So, I thought it will be great to share with you Wesley Fryer's post, step-by-step, on how to host and join a skypecast.

Tonight is being held (as all Wednesdays) the next skypecast for a Storychaser Brainstorming Sesion. In a previous post, Fryer list four steps to join a skypecast:

"1. Set up Skype: If you have not already, download and install Skype. Be sure you have a RECENT version. Currently version 3.2 is required for Windows users to join Skypecasts, as far as I know version 2.7 for Mac users. (It is free but you’ll need administrative rights to install new software on the computer you are using.) Log in with your userid and password to Skype. Make sure your microphone is plugged in and working.

2. Website log in: Log in to the main Skype website. You’ll need to be logged in to join the Skypecast when it begins.

3. At the start of the Skypecast (7 pm US Central time tonight) click on this link to visit the Skypecast page. Click the link “Join this Skypecast” which will appear once the Skypecast start time has passed. On a Windows computer you should be presented with a dialog window which asks for your permission to launch an external application (Skype) and you’ll need to click yes to authorize that. Then you should be in the Skypecast. We’ll do introductions for at least the first ten minutes, so if you join late that is fine.

4. Be ready to participate! Depending on the number of participants we have, we may have everyone’s mic on or mics may be muted to minimize background noise. If mics are muted, you’ll want to click the button in the skypecast window which shows the names of all the people online to virtually “raise your hand” and ask to speak. In Skype 3.2 for Windows, this is a button in the Skype window which says “Ask for the mic.” As the skypecast moderator, I’ll unmute participant mics individually so you can speak and have the floor! We should also have a skype chat window available which can be used as a backchannel to ask questions, share ideas, and further challenge everyone’s multi-tasking abilities! I’ll do my best to keep up with the backchannel, but it certainly can be challenging to both read text chat and talk about an idea at the same time."

Check out preparatories before skypecast begins, here.

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  1. mm.. Interesting. Will try this one tonight!

  2. I haven't taken part in a Skype cast but how did it go. I use skype for personal use and interoute for my business voip needs. I could make use of skype casts for my online music community