Thursday, June 26, 2008

Setting a time to chat

Anyone who chats across time zones for business communication knows that coordinating international time zones in a group meeting can be tricky. How do you decide when to meet if one member is in New York, another is in Mexico at Aztec ruins, and another is in Australia? One way is to agree to set your Skype meeting time to one time zone so that there is never any confusion about when to meet if what you are doing is internationally based.
To set your time zone in Skype, choose File➪Edit My Profile. Select the Show My Time check box and choose a time from the drop-down menu. Of course, if you agree on a time zone that is different from your local zone, you’ll have to do a little calculating to figure out how to set your watch, but Skype will be right on time, and you will have eliminated miscommunication and, possibly, missed meetings. It’s worth the effort.

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