If you do not have Skype and would like one way to do online Writing Coaching no matter where you are in the world, here is one way to do it. Here are the easy instructions for Skype:
1) You can use your computer’s speakers and microphone, but you may want to get a headset for you computer and learn how to plug it in (pink is for microphone and pale green for headphones). They can cost about $20 for a decent one. Headsets may stop echo when you are actually talking to someone.
2) Go to Skype and download your free program for your computer – yes they have for Macs and Linux too. This link is for Windows, but you can find for Macs easy enough: http://www.skype.com/intl/en-us/get-skype/on-your-computer/windows/
3) You will be asked if you want to Run the file, choose Run
4) When finished installing, set up your Skype account using their instructions. Choose a name for your account – usually they will give you choices of availability.
5) Be sure to use their Echo/Sound Test Service by clicking on it and pressing Call. This tests that your audio speakers and microphone or headset are functioning properly. Use their test system before trying a call.
6) Try a call with a friend. You can find friends by doing a search using their email. NOTE you have to request that someone will accept you as a contact so once you find a friend, Skype will lead you to do that so they can accept your request. Do give the person a head’s up that you will be calling first or use the Skype instant messaging system and type in a message arranging a video call time.
7) If there are any glitches at first you can instant message on the screen provided to say things like… “I can see you, but I can’t hear you. Is your microphone turned on?”
8) You do not have to use your camera, many computers have it built in, but if you don’t want to have your image looked at while you talk, just don’t use it or disconnect it using the buttons provided.
It is really easy. You’ll wonder why you spent all that money on long distance charges, etc.
There are alternative methods that are even easier that many of our coaches use but this one is FREE, so they may charge you more if using other platforms.