How to choose VoIP service without losing your shirt

Written by Jason Stewart


Just mentioningrepparttar word to yourself either brings up images of walking in a new city whererepparttar 139146 grass is greener, or it brings up fear ofrepparttar 139147 unknown. Some will tread carefully aroundrepparttar 139148 subject, waiting to hear others opinions about a specific service and some may charge fearlessly into a service that they know little about. Which way isrepparttar 139149 right way to choose a VoIP service? I say neither.

Is there a safe way to choose a VoIP service? You bet there is, but it does take some work and careful research to make sure that you don't get stuck with something you cannot use or worse yet, be forced into a scenario in which your telephone communications is impaired.

There are 3 general steps to choosing Broadband Phone service. They are: 1.Qualify Yourself 2.Qualify a specific Provider, and 3.Researchrepparttar 139150 provider.

1.Qualify Yourself – Ask yourself “why do I want voip?” Is it because you want to save money? are you attracted to voip by all ofrepparttar 139151 features that it offers? Maybe you're sick of your local telephone company. Whateverrepparttar 139152 reason, make sure thatrepparttar 139153 benefits are better than what you're already getting now. For instance, you might want to save money on long distance with a voip provider but don't want to give up your old phone number. In this case you would have to ask yourself whether it would be acceptable to lose your old phone number to save a few extra dollars. These days, most providers (but not all) will allow you to keep your old phone number. Do you have a secondary means of communication such as a cell phone?

When your internet connection goes down, so does your voip line. That means that if a large storm knocks out power to your house, then your internet connection will also most likely be down. Another thing to consider when qualifying yourself for voip service is that 911 service is not as robust as a land line service would be. You may have to giverepparttar 139154 dispatcher your name and address. The good news is thatrepparttar 139155 larger providers are working withrepparttar 139156 dispatchers to provide 911 service that is just as robust as 911 on a land line.

Effective Communication is a 50-50 Deal.

Written by Michael Harrison

When chatting with friends I was recently reminded how important it is to be sure that we remember to be effective in our efforts to communicate. It is so easy to assume that others know what you know and spout off thinking they are onrepparttar same wavelength.

This happens allrepparttar 138544 time and sadly very few are prepared to reveal their ignorance and get clarification. You will have come across this at seminars.

I remember discussing an IT issue with a former colleague and after two hours wondering why we could not progress. The penny suddenly dropped when I realised that his understanding of a key definition was at variance with mine and if we had understood and resolvedrepparttar 138545 variance earlier we would have saved two valuable hours.

It is so important to be clear on what you are trying to communicate and ‘listening’…

Hearing and listening are two very different things. Master listening and you will perceive more.

Listening is part ofrepparttar 138546 skill used in communication that we often take for granted. We are not taught to listen but we can easily fall intorepparttar 138547 trap of failing to concentrate, drawing our own conclusions too soon, hearing what we want to hear by filteringrepparttar 138548 message through our own experiences and prejudices.

We need to maintain interest with an open mind and respond to what we hear in a meaningful manner. We need to be constructive with our responses, seek clarification and contribute positively.

As we only take in 30% of what we hear so it’s important to be attentive. I find I am able to listen very well onrepparttar 138549 telephone because I am less likely to interject (being an enthusiastic listener!!!) so I think carefully about what is being said before I make a response.

Questions are important to create understanding. Leading questions can be destructive, such as “don’t you think it would be better if….?” This can haverepparttar 138550 effect of leadingrepparttar 138551 conversation where you want it to go. Strong expressions of opinion don’t help in creating trust and understanding.

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