Best Practices for Skype for Business Meetings - dummies

Best Practices for Skype for Business Meetings

By Rosemarie Withee, Ken Withee, Jennifer Reed

Using Skype for Business to conduct meetings, especially for participants who are dispersed globally, can result in great savings for your organization. It reduces carbon footprint (Yaay! for the environment) and gives everyone flexibility.

Technology, however, can only do so much. Skype for Business alone is not enough to ensure a successful meeting. Here are some best practices we’ve compiled from experience that you may want to consider:

  • Wired networks provide for a better meeting experience than wireless connections. Audio quality is not optimal in wireless connections, so if you are speaking a lot, plan to be hard wired. Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections also affect audio quality negatively.
  • Mute your audio unless you are speaking. Hearing a participant typing or a dog barking in the background is not cool.
  • Have alternative means for connection in case you get disconnected. Have the dial-in number handy in case you get dropped from the conference.
  • If you have multiple people in the same room, try to have only one computer logged in to the meeting to prevent audio feedback.
  • If you are a presenter, load content prior to the meeting. Sometimes loading content can take time and you won’t want to waste your participants’ time by having them wait while the content is loaded.
  • In the interest of respecting the participants’ time, set up and test your audio devices before others arrive.