As a marketing consultant, I have two arms of my business. One is teaching seminars on marketing topics and the other is one-to-one client consultations. The seminars are very fun to do, as I love public speaking and interacting with new people. I began teaching at the City Business Library three years ago, and have been featured at many other libraries and learning centers across Greater London as well. When I started investigating venues for holding my own workshops, I found one big barrier…. COST. London venues run the gamut from high tech and polished, to grotty and basic. Yet, they all seem to have a large fee attached, and deposits that are taken away in full if you need to cancel at short notice.
Enter Skilio. I discovered this online platform when I was at the University of East London Centre of Excellence for Women Entrepreneurs conference in October. Skilio, founded by Rebecca Garrett, is a wonderful tool that has been the answer to my venue problems.
How can I describe Skilio to you? It has the combined tools of many of the social media platforms that are already out there. It has a user friendly layout that is similar to Facebook. It has an online conference option that is similar to Skype. It has the ability to share documents as you would on Dropbox. And it has the networking connection facility similar to LinkedIn.
How have I used it? Skilio has been my system of choice for holding online seminars. “Sessions” are easy to set up, and can hold up to 200 people at one time. Once, I had 14 people on a session, all using video and not a single technological glitch!
How can you use it? You start by setting up your profile, which takes about 4 minutes. It’s quick and easy! Then you browse around for skills that are listed. You may find that someone has a skill that you wish to learn more about, so you can send them a message to arrange a session. Sometimes sessions are free, sometimes they are charged. I’ve seen free sessions on everything from confidence to social media. I’ve seen charged sessions from £5 to £25 on a variety of subjects from tarot reading to Google analytics.
How much does it cost? Skilio is free to join. If you take a free session, it’s free. If you offer a free session, it’s free. When you decide to take a paid for session, it is charged at the rate displayed, and is paid for via a paypal account. (so you need to have one of those!) If you decide to offer a paid for session, you will be charged 3% commission from Skilio. (again, all done via paypal)
How many sessions are you allowed? As many as you want. There is no limit with Skilio.
If you haven’t had a chance, check out this fantastic tool www.skilio.com and see if you can get something out of it. You may find it a great place to learn a new skill, or you may find it a great tool for your business!