It makes it possible to communicate with everyone provided with an Internet-connection almost everywhere in the world in a very convenient, easy and pleasant way. In real-time. At almost no cost. With a webcam, if needed or desired. Just awesome, right?
Yes. And yet, communication via Skype can also be a thorn in one's side.
Let's imagine a pretty mundane scenario: you are online, logged in on Skype, you are maybe working or reading an article or listening to a wonderful playlist or doing something else and at the same time you are chatting with someone, and then...
The conversation slows down. The other person needs more and more time to get back to you, the answers become shorter and maybe sloppier and then... the person just stops to reply. At all. Let's say... for hours.
How would you react?
Emergencies happen, as well. And for sure each of us has a bad day, once in a while, right?
What if the other person does it without even noticing it?
Would you keep talking to the person, if you are free to decide for yourself about this matter? (while meaning that the person is not a colleague, or even worse your boss or your landlord or your teacher)
This means that, while talking on Skype, I will be nice and polite. I will pay attention to my language and above all to what the other person is saying/writing. I will say/write the name of the person properly.
I will inform the person if I am going to be away from keyboard from longer than 15 minutes and for sure I will say that I am leaving when I am going to leave.
At the end, I will thank my interlocutor for his/her time or saying that I enjoyed the conversation, if this is the case. I will appreciate the good tips I got or think about the suggestions induced by the conversation and will let the person know about this in a second time.
I don't consider it rocket science.
I consider it part of a respectful human interaction between people happy to talk each other and aware of the fact that someones time is a wonderful gift and that a good conversation is priceless. Something to be thankful for.
I like to treat people how I want to be treated on my part.
I like to make people feel good while talking to me.
I like to enjoy the time together and to make the best out of it, it doesn't matter if the conversation is about work or it is a private one.
It doesn't matter if it is in person, or via Skype or via another channel.
The secret of a respectful conversation? To me it is very easy.
While communicating, one should never forget that each time, for each conversation, there is another human being on the other side of the table or of the computer screen or of the phone or of the "Skype line". With needs, expectations and dreams. With feelings and fears.
What about you?
How strict are you about Skype netiquette?
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