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What Happens if You Have Open Hours to Talk to Your Site Visitors?

On the 24th of December, I wrote a post "Happy holidays. Let's have a Skype chat."

It's something I'd thought about doing for a while. Hey, why don't I take open hours to chat with people, and offer my take on anything a person is interested in. I've had a few other bloggers and website runners express curiosity with how it went, hence, this post -

The Good -

I connected with a lot of interesting people. In the guidelines to that post, I wrote "I blocked out 20 minutes for each call, so it might be a good idea to pick one or two things you’re working on or curious about before we get on the phone, because it could go fast" - most people did, in fact, have a couple items when they called, and we wound up covering a lot of interesting ground.

I wasn't sure how 20 minutes would work, but it worked surprisingly well. There was minimal chit-chat and how-are-ya's at the start, which is cool. I've never been a fan of smalltalk, and have always made an effort to move past it into interesting things as quickly as possible in real life.

Just Say No to Online Calendars...

...if you're traveling internationally.

It's convenient, but it almost guarantees you'll get appointments screwed up if you're moving countries regularly.

There's so many quirks to timezones - a particular city, state, or province will often operate slightly differently than the ones around it. For instance, in the USA, Arizona doesn't do daylight savings time. So it's an hour off from the rest of its timezone half the year.

I find the best way to handle appointments when traveling around a lot is to mark down when they're going to happen in the timezone of the person I'm talking to or meeting. Then, I don't convert until the week the appointment is happening.

This avoids the problem of trying to remember when you marked China time or Japan time for an appointment if you're traveling between the two countries.

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