8 tools to sharpen your Skype, Hangout and videoconferencing skills

Speaking with far-flung colleagues and clients has never been easier thanks to today’s technology. Here’s how to polish your skills.

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And let’s face it: Most of us do our “public speaking” in these kinds of meetings. To keep your skills sharp, I’ve collected these tools and resources:

1. Start with the most important call tool: you, the speaker. This roundup of 6 ways to work the phone will boost your effectiveness on phone calls of all kinds. I recommend you focus on the tips on pausing and tonality. People will notice the results.

2. What guides your videoconferences? Don’t just enter the room and hope for the best. This 7-step guide to a videoconferencing policy will help you think through and establish everything from how you look to how you and the group will handle transitions and pauses to let participants reply.

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