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The modern world has changed so much in the past couple of years that there are now quite a few different situations where you might be away from home for a prolonged period of time. For instance, you might get sent to away for work to attend international meetings and conferences. Or your kids might be away on a school vacation for a week or two.
Sometimes, we might be split from our family and home life for some very upsetting reasons - for example, some people suffer from health conditions that require them to stay in hospital for a few weeks at a time.
Whenever you end up in one of these situations where you are away from home for a while, there will be just one thing on your mind - how do I get back in touch with my family? Gone are the days of sending a telegram and writing a letter - it even looks like the traditional phone call is on its way out.
Now that we live in the 21st century, more and more people are switching to the following modern communication methods.
Connect On Skype
Thankfully, the quality of Skype video calls have greatly improved over the years and if you are on a high-speed broadband connection, you will find that the video makes it feel like your friend or relative is in the very same room as you!
Instant Messaging Apps
Not got time to sit down for a Skype call? Don’t panic - there is a quicker and much more efficient way to contact home. Instant messaging! We don’t always have time for an hour’s Skype call, and might just want to ask everyone back home a really quick message. In these cases, you should utilize mobile apps such as Whatsapp and Viber.
These instant messaging apps can send a message from your mobile device to the receiver’s in a matter of seconds. It does this by connecting to your WiFi or mobile data. Instant messaging has vastly improved over the past decade or so, and now there is also a great number or messaging apps and software that are used in a professional capacity. Just take a look at Slack. This platform is used widely by entrepreneurs and helps them keep in touch with their team and fire off questions and requests at the click of a mouse!
Keeping In Touch On The Road
Heading out on a long road trip? If so, you might be cautious about using your cellphone while driving, and so you should! After all, it is highly dangerous and against the law. Thankfully, there are some safer and more legal options. One popular solution is used by people who regularly use their car for work, such as taxi and truck drivers - CBA radio! This is the special radio device that professional drivers use to keep in touch with their HQ.
If you read this Galaxy DX 959 review, you will be able to see all the numerous benefits that come with this cool tech. It’ll just be like talking to your employees using a walkie talkie! But don’t worry if you can’t face replacing your smartphone with this piece of kit. As long as you have a Bluetooth connection in your car, you will be able to use your phone’s handsfree function while you are driving. The Bluetooth will connect to your car’s speakers so that you can hear whoever is on the other end of the phone.
Think your watch is just for telling the time? Think again! It’s now time you swap your regular timepiece for a snazzy smartwatch. These little watches have most of the same technology that you will find in your smartphones. But they make messaging and chatting to your nearest and dearest a lot easier, especially when you are out and about and not in a suitable location to speak on the phone.
You can quickly type or use the voice recognition system to send messages via email or Whatsapp. If you have an Apple smartwatch, you will even be able to Facetime on it. But the best thing about these watches is that they make it easy to spontaneously send messages. You won’t need to rummage your around in your bag to find your smartphone - you can simply dictate to your wrist instead!
If you have seen the Harry Potter films or read the series of books, you will know how Mrs. Weasley keeps in touch with all her family. She has a magic clock that shows her the exact whereabouts of all her family. Wouldn’t it be great if you had such a clock when you were away from home!
That way, you can always know where everyone is and quickly check up on them whenever you need to. Well, thankfully, you can use something similar. Life360 is a cool new app that can keep track of all your family. So, you can instantly check the map to see where a specific family member is. You can then decide whether they are in the right place to give them a quick call or not. What’s more, this app can also flag up any nearby hospitals and other useful locations if you are in a completely new city. Plus, it can also give you an idea of recent crime rates. You’ll find that this awesome app helps you stay in touch and safe at the same time!
Communication should never pose a problem for your and your company - hopefully, all of these tips can help you figure out how to improve yours!
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