I have dyslexia.
Does that mean I won't read my email, won't read ebooks, etc?
I am on the phone for about 8-10 hours a day... mostly on skype.
Does that mean I can't go to the bathroom without excusing myself? Does that mean that I grow a big behind... because of my "job"?
Many of my clients ask how I resolve these seemingly unrelated problems... because I sometimes talk to them on skype and they hear me going up or down stairs, without disconnecting: what equipment do I use so that I can sound good and stay mobile around my computer.
Well, it's taken me a ton of research, trial and error, but I have settled on some tools that seem to do the job well and reliably.
Tool #1: I use chat-cord to be able to connect and use a regular telephone on my computer.
This low cost gadget uses your computer's sound card and usb port to mediate between the telephone receiver's sounds, your speaking and your partner's speaking and the computer... i.e. you can talk and be able to record your voice or be heard on skype, and hear computer sounds, computer audio, and your skype partner's voice on your phone. (click on the image above for a bigger picture)
Tool #2: I use a Plantronics CT12 telephone with my chat-cord.
This phone can be bought on Amazon or on ebay for about 50-80 bucks. The battery is good for about 5 hours continuous speaking... amazing. I have 3 of these, and I can hot-swap them if I have a long day with no breaks between calls. If I have as short as 10-15 minutes between calls, the battery lasts for an entire day.
A problem with this phone is that your speaking is not loud enough, if you are softspoken like myself. Another problem is that a standard phone headset doesn't work well with this phone... why? I don't know.
I got lucky and I bought a headset designed for call-centers (all day use). It's a chameleon headset, over the head, binaural from Earshot Innovations, LLC. I bought it on ebay, and it's been a great buy, in spite of its price tag (I paid about 80 dollars, but it has a 2-year guarantee... ).
The above parts are how I listen and talk on the computer. In an upcoming article I will show how I record my calls, both on my computer and my phone... while I am walking in the house, or even go outside to take care of stuff.
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