FREE TRAINING CLASSES FOR NEW & PROSPECTIVE HOSTS: Monday July 25th (11am EST / 8am PST); + other dates/times - Click for details - Register Now to Claim a Spot

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements, Chat Announcements, Events, Host Lounge News, Podcasting News, Support, TalkShoe Tips, What's New Print This Post

SIGN UP NOW to attend the FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Pre-registration is required even though it’s free - just send an email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. The training program consists of one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Tuesday July 12th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time (4pm - 6pm Pacific Time)
Sunday July 17th at 10am to noon Eastern Time (7am - 9am Pacific Time)
Friday July 22nd at 7am to 9am Eastern Time (4am - 6am Pacific Time)
Monday July 25th at 11am to 1pm Eastern Time (8am - 10m Pacific Time)
Thursday July 28th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time (4pm - 6pm Pacific Time)
Sunday July 31th at 2pm to 4pm Eastern Time 11am - 1pm Pacific Time)

ALSO: Personalized One-on-One TroubleShooting/Training Sessions are available. See further explanation below.

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. Please also include the Date and Time of the session you are requesting to attend. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

NOTE: Personalized One-on-One TroubleShooting/Training Sessions - are sessions where a member of the TalkShoe User Support Team works with you directly over the phone to answer specific questions and/or to troubleshoot specific problems. One-on-One sessions are available at the rate of $4.95 for each 15 minutes. If you are interested in purchasing a One-on-One session, please send your request to training@talkshoe.com

Note: Advanced Premium Training (which covers more advanced topics) is also available - click this link for more details: http://tinyurl.com/22qrp86

FREE TRAINING CLASSES FOR NEW & PROSPECTIVE HOSTS: Tuesday April 26st (9am EST / 6am PST); + other dates/times - Click for details - Sign-up Now to Reserve a Spot

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements, Chat Announcements, Events, Host Lounge News, Support, What's New Print This Post

SIGN UP NOW to attend the FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Pre-registration is required even though it’s free - just send an email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. Now the program consists of one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Tuesday April 5th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time (4pm - 6pm Pacific Time)
Sunday April 10th at 10am to noon Eastern Time (7am - 9am Pacific Time)
Tuesday April 12th at 9am to 11am Eastern Time (6-8am Pacific Time)
Friday April 15th at 10am to noon Eastern Time (7am - 9am Pacific Time)
Tuesday April 19th at 9am to 11am Eastern Time (6-8am Pacific Time)
Thursday April21st at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time (4pm - 6pm Pacific Time)
Saturday April 23rd at noon to 2pm Eastern Time (9am - 11am Pacific Time)
Tuesday April 26th at 9am to 11am Eastern Time (6-8am Pacific Time)

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. Please also include the Date and Time of the session you are requesting to attend. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

Note: Advanced Premium Training (which covers more advanced topics) is also available - The next two hour session is Tuesday February 22nd. click this link for more details: http://tinyurl.com/22qrp86

FREE TRAINING CLASSES FOR NEW & PROSPECTIVE HOSTS: Tuesday April 5th (7pm EST / 4pm PST); + other dates/times - Click for details - Sign-up Now to Reserve a Spot

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements, Chat Announcements, Host Lounge News, Support, What's New Print This Post

SIGN UP NOW to attend the FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Pre-registration is required even though it’s free - just send an email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. Now the program consists of one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Tuesday April 5th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time (4pm - 6pm Pacific Time)
Sunday April 10th at 10am to noon Eastern Time (7am - 9am Pacific Time)
Tuesday April 12th at 9am to 11am Eastern Time (6-8am Pacific Time)
Friday April 15th at 10am to noon Eastern Time (7am - 9am Pacific Time)
Tuesday April 19th at 9am to 11am Eastern Time (6-8am Pacific Time)
Thursday April21st at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time (4pm - 6pm Pacific Time)
Saturday April 23rd at noon to 2pm Eastern Time (9am - 11am Pacific Time)
Tuesday April 26th at 9am to 11am Eastern Time (6-8am Pacific Time)

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. Please also include the Date and Time of the session you are requesting to attend. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

Note: Advanced Premium Training (which covers more advanced topics) is also available - The next two hour session is Tuesday February 22nd. click this link for more details: http://tinyurl.com/22qrp86

FREE TRAINING CLASSES FOR NEW & PROSPECTIVE HOSTS: 7 February Sessions to Choose From - Click for details - Sign-up Now to Reserve a Spot

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements, Chat Announcements, Host Lounge News, Podcasting News, TalkShoe Tips, What's New Print This Post

SIGN UP NOW to attend the FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Pre-registration is required even though it’s free - just send an email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. Now the program consists of a new format - one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Tuesday February 8th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time
Friday February 11th at 9am to 11am Eastern Time
Tuesday February 15th at Midnight Eastern Time (9pm PST)
Saturday February 19th at 11am to 1pm Eastern Time
Tuesday February 22nd at 11:30pm Eastern Time (8:30pm PST)
Thursday February 24th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time
Sunday February 27th 10am to Noon Eastern Time
Tuesday March 8th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time
Thursday March 24th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. Please also include the Date and Time of the session you are requesting to attend. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

Note: Advanced Premium Training (which covers more advanced topics) is also available - The next two hour session is Tuesday February 22nd. click this link for more details: http://tinyurl.com/22qrp86

FREE TRAINING CLASSES FOR NEW & PROSPECTIVE HOSTS: Jan 11th(7pm EST); 12th(9am); 15th(11am) + other dates/times - Click for details - Sign-up Now to Reserve a Spot

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements, Chat Announcements, Emails, Host Lounge News, In The News, Press Releases, Support, TalkShoe Tips, What's New Print This Post

Have you ever considered Hosting your own Show on TalkShoe? NOW is the time to start!

SIGN UP NOW to attend the FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Pre-registration is required even though it’s free - just send an email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. Now the program consists of a new format - one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Tuesday January 11th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time
Wednesday January 12th at 9 to 11am Eastern Time
Saturday January 15th at 11am to 1pm Eastern Time
Friday January 21st at 10am to Noon Eastern Time
Thursday January 27th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

Note: Advanced Premium Training (which covers more advanced topics) is also available - The next two hour session is Thursday December 9th. click this link for more details: http://tinyurl.com/22qrp86

FREE TRAINING CLASSES FOR NEW & PROSPECTIVE HOSTS - Dec 22nd(Wed) & 28th(Tues) at 10am EST + Jan 2nd(Sun) at 11am EST + other dates/times - Click for details - Sign-up Now to Reserve a Spot

| Author: TalkShoe Support | In Announcements, Events, Host Lounge News, Support, What's New Print This Post

Have you ever considered Hosting your own Show on TalkShoe? NOW is the time to start!

SIGN UP NOW to attend the FREE training program “TalkShoe Basic Training for New & Prospective Hosts”! (Pre-registration is required even though it’s free - just send an email to training@talkshoe.com)

This free training program is conducted by the leading experts on the TalkShoe User Support Team. Now the program consists of a new format - one session lasting 2 hours. This program is offered on the following dates:

Wednesday December 22nd at 10-11:30am Eastern Time
Tuesday December 28th at 10-11:30am Eastern Time
Sunday January 2nd at 11am-12:20pm Eastern Time
Tuesday January 11th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time
Thursday January 27th at 7 to 9pm Eastern Time

This session will consist of prepared material covering key topics of interest to New and Prospective TalkShoe Hosts. Periodically throughout the session the participants will be given an opportunity to ask questions. The material covered is basic and appropriate for individuals who are interested in becoming Show Hosts. Our philosophy is that no question is too simple!

Topics covered include:
” Using TalkShoe as a listener
” Setting up your Hosting Account
” Scheduling your First Episode
” Controlling your Show/Call from your Phone
” How to End/Terminate your Show/Call
” How to Handle Disturbances and Disruptive Participants
” Broadcast Techniques - How to Conduct a Show in a Professional Manner
” Interview Techniques
” Best Practice Do’s and Don’ts
” Where to Go for More Help - Hosting Resources
” Availability of Advanced Premium Training

Individuals interested in attending must register by sending an email indicating their interest to: training@talkshoe.com Include an indication of your level of experience. You will receive additional information regarding the training, including how to connect to the sessions.

This training was created in response to user requests.

SIGN UP TODAY - THERE IS A LIMIT TO THE NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS IN EACH SESSION!

Come join the FUN - Become a Host Today!!!

Note: Advanced Premium Training (which covers more advanced topics) is also available - The next two hour session is Thursday December 9th. click this link for more details: http://tinyurl.com/22qrp86

TalkShoe System - Enhanced Performance

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Announcements, Support, What's New Print This Post

During the past few weeks, the TalkShoe team has implemented a variety of improvements to increase our system performance and reliability including:

Doubled number of chat servers - The TalkShoe chat infrastructure which powers the TalkShoe Live and TalkShoe Live Pro clients was powered by 16 chat servers. That number was increased in two stages, first to 22 chat servers and then 32 total chat servers.

Enhanced Jabber protocol - The open source chat protocol used by TalkShoe, meebo, and other leading companies contains at least one significant bug. The TalkShoe technical team recently identified, isolated, and repaired that bug. TalkShoe put the modified code into production during the past two weeks and is seeing a dramatic reduction in TalkShoe Live Web client issues. Still, for hosts who want the very best performance, we recommend using TalkShoe Live Pro (still free) which does not utilize Jabber. Download and install TalkShoe Live Pro here: TSL Pro.

More reliable voice over IP (VoIP) - Working closely with our audio conferencing bridge vendor, we identified two significant bugs in our VoIP technology that could cause the system to crash under certain types of attacks or other atypical situations. We developed and deployed fixes and have seen flawless performance so far this month.

Protected audio streaming - Again working closely with our audio conferencing bridge vendor, we implemented protection for outbound audio streaming to the TalkShoe Live and TalkShoe Live Pro chat clients. Previously, outbound audio streaming could be disrupted by an overload of inbound VoIP call or by an intentional attack. The live audio streaming system is now protected during such events.

In combination, these major upgrades and numerous smaller enhancements greatly improve TalkShoe service performance. Keep the suggestions for further system improvements coming. We use your reports and recommendations to guide TalkShoe’s system evolution.

WANTED: Two People to Become Famous Friends!

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Announcements, Host Lounge News, What's New Print This Post

OK, I admit that this idea is a little bit wacky and definitely not for everybody. But it’s amazing what becomes wildly popular in this crazy Facebook-YouTube-Twitter-TalkShoe world, so here goes…

If you have a good friend that you talk with constantly on the phone, we’ll help make both of you famous. How? Just hold every phone call as a public TalkShoe call and we’ll promote it to the world! You need only do what you already do; just talk to each other using TalkShoe. Here’s how:

1) Apply by emailing me at daven@talkshoe.com. Tell me about yourself, about your soon-to-be-famous friend, and about your typical conversations (tip: I like Twitter — keep it short). If you’re chosen, we’ll set up everything for you. Up to 5 pairs of friends will be selected (totally separate and independent). No larger groups will be considered at this time.

2) Pick “stage names” and practice using them (yes, it can be tricky when you’re relaxed). While the world will eavesdrop on your conversations, we won’t reveal your actual identities.

3) From now on, whenever you and your friend want to talk, call into TalkShoe to do it while the world listens along, live and recorded. Yes, your calls will even be available in iTunes! Is that scary or exciting? Don’t apply if it’s the former.

Think about it: if it’s REAL talk, it will be ‘real’ INTERESTING! We all want to learn more about ourselves by learning more about others. And there are so few ways to get true insight into other people these days… other than this one. For those of you born after 1950 (and who wasn’t), there once was something called a party line — not for actual parties but for affordable shared telephone service in rural areas… and great for eavesdropping on your neighbors. Alas, since your grandparents’ time, that’s been lost to the world. Until now; until you!

4) There will be no voice interaction with others; just one-to-one talk as you always do.

5) We’ll help make you famous. Tens of thousands will listen; or maybe millions. Just keep it real… and honest… and you! It will be surprisingly interesting.

Last point: You can be two guys, two gals, or one of each. It can be rated G, or PG, or R, but not more than that. We’ll broadcast you to the world and it won’t scandalize your grandparents. Or maybe it will but just a little…

NEW “On-Demand” Talkcasting

| Author: Dave Nelsen | In Announcements, Host Lounge News, TalkShoe Tips, What's New Print This Post

With the New Year, TalkShoe has launched On Demand Talkcasting®, an enhanced version of the Instant Talkcasting capability released just last month. Thanks to your feedback, now it’s even more like Twittering® with your voice (and optionally, up to 300 friends’ voices too). Grab your cell phone, call into TalkShoe, run your live On Demand Talkcast and — zoom — it’s available to the world. How cool is that?

As before, you can do a movie review as you leave the theater, inform your audience about a breaking news story, or tell your friends about a hot new restaurant while the taste is still on your tongue, and now it’s even easier!

You’ll need a TalkShoe account and an existing Call Series to get started. To configure it for “On Demand” operation, go to the Call Series page (where your recordings are shown):

1) Click the “Update” tab.

2) Check the box labeled “Create Episode on Demand”.

3) Optionally, check the “Automatic” recording choice to have recording start when you connect (and end automatically when you disconnect).

4) Save your changes.

Then you’re set. Just call into TalkShoe normally. Your call will go live automatically each and every time. By the way, you can also control a variety of Talkcasting functions from your phone:

… *2*1 – Starts the recording (if not set for automatic mode)
… 50# - Mute All (except the host)
… 51# - Unmute All
… *6 – Self mute/unmute (works for host and for individual participants)
… *2*1 – Ends recording
… Hang-up – ends audio streaming

Two final tips: a) If you set your PIN to match your cell phone number, you’ll be logged in automatically after entering just your Call ID, and b) If you have your audience opt for text alerts, they’ll receive a text message immediately when you start every On Demand call (have them click the TXT ALRTS - SMASH button on your call page).

Thanks. Keep the great ideas and suggestions coming and we’ll keep improving TalkShoe!








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