One staff member required on all calls
- A leader is required for a Skype meeting to begin. A leader can be you or another meeting organizer from your organization.
- You can join the call as a leader by doing one of the following:
- Joining via Skype (from your desktop or mobile app)
- Calling in from a phone number connected to your Skype account
- Calling into the conference line and entering your PIN to be designated as a meeting leader.
- If no one on the call has joined as a leader from your organization, your call will not start and everyone will be stuck in the lobby.
- If you can’t make it to the call, make sure someone else from your organization hops on the call as a leader.
Screen sharing with external participants
IF you need to share your screen / you need participants to share their screen:
- It’s better to use a third-party client, such as Go To Webinar, unless you know for sure that participants are able to install Skype or use the web app.
- Due to varying security policies at other organizations, some participants maybe simply not be allowed to install Skype or use the web app.
BUT if you must, you should definitely do a test run with the presenter ahead of time OR have the presenter send you files they are presenting, just in case you need to present for them.
Here are the steps you can take to turn a participant into a presenter:
- Click on the Participants Icon as shown in the screenshot above.
- Right-click on the participant you want to turn into a presenter.
- Click on the option, "Make a Presenter."
All attendees using the Skype interface who try to present their Desktop or Programs will see this message when they click on the Share Icon:
Once you turn an attendee into a presenter, that person will then have these options when they click the Share Icon:
Choosing a conference line
IF your call is audio-only / you want to record a webinar to send out later:
Use Skype for Business (you’ll often get better audio quality when using Skype)
- Use your organization’s conference line call-in info for larger meeting invites (more than 5 people).
- Use your individual Skype call-in info for smaller meeting invites (less than 5 people).