Skype is a good tool for organizing conference calls. This holds true for individuals and businesses alike. The most interesting part of this is that it is free. Let’s see how to organize a conference call using Skype.
You can have up to 25 participants on a voice conference call, that is you and 24 others. These others need to be in your contact list, so make sure you have them added to it before you initiate the call. Also make sure you have the necessary requirements.
To start the call, select the contacts you want to include in the conference. You will have to make multiple selections here, so each time you click on a contact, press Ctrl on your keyboard along with the click, just like you would select multiple non-contiguous files on Windows Explorer. Once you select more than one contact, the frame on the right hand side of the interface changes with some different buttons, among which a button labeled “Call Group”, besides a green handset shape. Click that button to start your call.
As the contacts accept your call, they will be allowed in the conference. When this is so, the color of their icon will change to bright green, as is always the case during calls. When someone is talking in your conference, you will see their name and icon being animated with a halo light around.
You can of course add more people to your conference once it is started. You can do so by clicking on the “Add” button on the top right of the interface. Some people might leave and others join in, as long as the total number of participants does not go beyond 25. You can also reconnect someone whose call has been dropped during a call.
Skype conference calls don’t only allow you to communicate with your group, but also to share files with them.
Holding video conference calls has roughly the same procedure but the requirements are different.