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Create a Skype Community

To build, maintain, educate and inform your subscribers and business partners, I strongly urge you to create a Skype Community.

This is the first of a 3-part series I’ll be doing to familiarize you just a bit with what Skype can do for your personal branding and leadership. I’m also working on some business builder webinars for my own subscribers who have indicated an interest in learning more about Skype.

Here’s a brief introduction to the topic.

Please share this in your social media and bookmarking sites if you have found it helpful.

If you’d like to connect with me, click here to join my own Skype Community.

I’d love for you to leave your questions and comments below. I’d especially like to hear if you’ve had a chance to create a Skype Community of your own.

David Merrill 101
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19 Responses to Create a Skype Community

  1. Kathryn Booth December 10, 2011 at 2:09 am #

    Skype enables me to work with clients in Europe and Latin America and contacts in Asia. One of the things I like is being able to do quick conference calls, to record interviews for podcasts with guests and touch and go messages on the chat because our timelines are so different.
    What a great free tool!
    I don’t widely publicize my Skype or use it for general contact because it can be disruptive when I’m in high focus mode. Kindof a circle of trust thing.
    Looking forward to the follow up posts – squeeze page strategies are not my strong suit and open to learning from a specialist.
    Kathryn Booth´s last blog post ..Social Media – Always Learning More

    • David Merrill 101 December 13, 2011 at 1:11 am #

      Thanks for the interesting contribution, Kathryn.

      I agree that Skype is certainly a great tool, and as you point out, creating a “Skype Community” is somewhat a trusted insider venture, not an all-out public invite.

      Let me know if you ever need some squeeze page help, Kathryn, you can also pick up my free video tutorial on “how to” (SqueezePageCoach dot com).

  2. Rosemary O'Shaughnessy December 10, 2011 at 11:55 am #

    Hi David,

    I use skype all the time for business and it is such a great tool to get things done . Later today I will be speaking to a colleague in America about a mutual project and I am in Ireland. The only catch is time zones can be awkward from time to time. Take care Rosemary
    Rosemary O’Shaughnessy´s last blog post ..An Android App I Cannot Do Without for Typing !!!

    • David Merrill 101 December 13, 2011 at 1:12 am #

      Thanks Rosemary, always nice to hear from Ireland!

      Skype is really essential for international communities. I’d be lost without it! (as, it appears, you would be).

  3. marquita herald December 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm #

    Very nice presentation David. With all of the hassles associated with travel these days, Skype is a wonderful tool for so many reasons! Look forward to the rest of your series.
    marquita herald´s last blog post ..What Do ‘Successful’ People Do Differently Than the Rest of Us?

    • David Merrill 101 December 13, 2011 at 1:13 am #

      I don’t know what you say about Skype that is negative, except some of the spammers can be a bit much.

      But you can say that about spammers anywhere, eh Marty?

  4. Patricia Gozlan December 10, 2011 at 6:09 pm #

    Hi David,
    very interesting video! I am a skype fan;)

    I have beeing using skype for my sessions one on one, and yes I have a question for you, I have tried to use skype for conference calls and the sound and images were not good, I had registered and paid for what they professioanal account,do ou have any tips on this?

    I live in Italy and using american bridge lines is not the best for Europeans clients because there is always a cost involved.

    • David Merrill 101 December 13, 2011 at 1:17 am #

      The only problem I’ve encountered with Skype is that not everybody has the same resolution and sound quality.

      It can be a problem if you don’t use a headset and mike.

      I’ve also seen it be a much bigger problem with macs that PC.

      As for the cost involved, most of the time you can position it as a free tool, but when cost is involved, I think it’s as cheap as you can get.

      Thanks for pointing out some of the difficulties, though, Patricia.

  5. Steve-Personal Success Factors December 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm #

    David, thanks much for sharing this overview of Skype. I just recently used Skype to receive coaching for my blog and business, but it was through the Skype app on my iPhone. I still haven’t set up a camera on my computer, but I can see that I need to in the near future! I look forward to your next couple posts!
    Steve-Personal Success Factors´s last blog post ..The Secret Of STANDING OUT With Your Personal Brand

  6. Kyle December 12, 2011 at 10:58 pm #

    Hey David,
    I have a skype account and love using it! I am looking forward to the rest of the series on how to leverage skype better. I don’t know all the ends and outs of it and love to learn more!
    Talk soon,
    Kyle´s last blog post ..Why Goal Setting Is So Important To Turn Dreams Into Reality

  7. Kimberly Castleberry December 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm #

    Skype is a really cool tool. I don’t necessarily consider it a community as it’s more of a contact book though. However, Skype Group masterminds are in some cases replacing forums today and can create very interesting communities for sure. Regardless though, Skype is a very valuable tool in the toolbox of marketers. Its important to leverage it smartly however since it can quickly lead to mass-distraction and lead to getting nothing actually accomplished. The “off” button is something most would do well to use a little more regularly. For me I regularly use “invisible” as well to keep distractions to a minimum except for when I have time to “take walk ins” lol! Everyone has to find a balance!
    Kimberly Castleberry´s last blog post ..WordPress 3.3 – What You Need To Know Before Upgrading

    • David Merrill 101 December 13, 2011 at 7:34 pm #

      What you really show us here, Kimberly, is that leadership is the bottom line to success.

      A leader can manage a thriving “skype community” as long as they remain a “leader”. Leaders do not allow themselves to be imposed upon or sucked dry of their time, energy and expertise.

      They know when to put up the “walk-ins welcome” shingle, and when to replace it with “by appointment only”. Through your leadership skills, I’m sure you have mastered the balance, Kim. Others, who may be trying to learn these skills, may find themselves being taken advantage of, and incapable of managing a skype or any other “community” of followers and peers. They will need to learn, or move on to something else. I really think Skype is a leadership tool more than most of the competing social media.

  8. Sadie-Michaela Harris December 13, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Hello David,

    Smashing post! I’m a member of several Skype online groups, some are open lines of chat and others a groups which meet once monthly. I haven’t actually set up any of these Skype groups myself I have been asked to participate in those started by others. One is also a paid group membership of which the Skype group is a perk. Look forward to the nest part, thank you 🙂
    Sadie-Michaela Harris´s last blog post ..By: Sadie-Michaela Harris

    • David Merrill 101 December 13, 2011 at 7:36 pm #

      Thanks for pitching in here, Sadie-Michaela.

      Always good to hear from people whose point of view is expressed as an “insider”.. . in this case, as an active Skype participant, not a casual observer.

  9. Lynda Cromar December 13, 2011 at 4:57 pm #

    I have Skype and I do small groups, but I have not seen that it lets you do big groups on video. I have a webinar platform and then share my screen as I teach how to do things online. I do like doing 3-ways on skype and I do have several community groups, I connect with my team and build rapport with them.
    Lynda Cromar´s last blog post ..In Your MLM Journey – How To Step out of the Dark!

    • David Merrill 101 December 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm #

      Sounds like you’ve got lots of irons in the fire, Lynda.

      Good job! I’m glad to see Skype is one of your key tools.

  10. Nile December 14, 2011 at 2:15 am #

    I do have Skype and use it for chatting (im, video, and even voice), but I never. Most of the people on it are clients and some of the hosts from WordCamp conferences that I talk to from time to time.

    I like Skype, but I wish it was a little better on the load…. or maybe it is my computer…lol.

    I’ve been contemplating doing some video interviews over Skype in the near future… some people prefer that over typing responses out.
    Nile´s last blog post ..How To Determine What Your Site Visitors Are Looking For

  11. Richard December 14, 2011 at 7:15 pm #

    Looks like I should have watched your video first so that I could have added your information to the blog I just posted. Thanks for this video on Skype. I also use Skype and find it great to connect with those across the world as well. I look forward to your next two videos on creating a group.
    Richard´s last blog post ..Squeeze Pages part 2 Learn How to Build One for FREE

    • David Merrill 101 December 15, 2011 at 12:13 am #

      Thanks for visiting Richard.

      There’s no better way that I know of to keep in touch with international clients and jv partners.

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