5 essential tips for business travellers stranded by volcanic ash
Even though Eyjafjallajokull seems to have stopped emitting ash for the time being, many of you will be stuck away from the office, possibly many timezones away. Here are five top tips to help you make the most of the current disruptions to air travel:
1. Find a comfortable, quiet space to work
Don’t underestimate the value of a quiet hotel room, free from distractions. Hang up the do-not-disturb sign, turn down the air conditioning to minimise noise and adjust the desk chair to make sure you’re Skype Access removes that hassle – simply pay-per-minute for the time you need, and pay with your Skype Credit.
What’s more, between 1200 GMT today and 2359 GMT on Friday, we’re offering Skype Access free at any supported hotspot worldwide.
3. Use a headset
A great headset gives vastly improved sound quality with Skype, and makes long calls much more comfortable. It also lets you type at the same time if they get too boring. Just don’t tell the boss.
4. Use the Business Control Panel to distribute Skype Credit to your stranded employees
This one’s for IT managers – the Business Control Panel lets you allocate Skype Credit to your employees from a central pool, and automatically top up their accounts when they’re running low.
5. Use screen sharing to present remotely
Skype for Windows, Mac and Linux all let you share your screen with other people on Skype. It’s as easy as making a video call. Just make sure you’ve got the most recent version of Skype, and you’ll be good to go.
Got any other great tips for business travellers? Let us know in the comments below, or on Twitter @skype4business.