In part one of this two-part blog series, we began looking into the important area of proper usage for any satellite push-to-talk (PTT) product you may be utilizing, namely in the area of preparation before speaking. These products are highly useful if they’re approached in the right ways, and this just requires some simple knowledge of things like terminology and basic use formats.
At International Satellite Services, we’re happy to offer use recommendations for any of our satellite PTT products, which include the MSATe, the MSAT-G2 and a number of others. In today’s part two of our series, we’ll go over some further best practices on utilizing push-to-talk devices during the actual conversation itself.
ID Yourself and Your Recipient
Anytime you’re starting a new conversation over a satellite PTT device, it’s important that you properly identify yourself as well as your intended recipient. This will help to avoid any confusion and mix-ups that could occur, particularly if more than one conversation is happening at the same time.
When you first start speaking, make sure to state your name or any other identifier that will let the other person know who you are. You should also ask them to do the same so that you can be sure that you’re talking to the right person.
Keep It Short and Sweet
Since satellite PTT devices work by sending radio waves through space, it’s important to keep your conversations as short as possible. The longer your conversation, the more likely it is that the signal will degrade and become unclear.
If you have a lot to say, consider breaking up your conversation into smaller chunks so that each part is easier to understand. You can also try to talk slower than usual so that your words don’t run together.
Know Your Time Limit
While speaking, it’s also important to be aware of any time limits that may be in place. If you’re using a shared satellite PTT device, others may be waiting to use it after you’re finished.
To avoid taking up more time than necessary, try to keep your conversation as brief as possible. If you need to talk for a longer period of time, you can always schedule a time to use the device again later.
Pause Before Speaking
Because there’s sometimes a short delay between when you press the talk button and when your voice is transmitted, it’s important to pause for a second before speaking. This will help to ensure that your words are transmitted clearly and without any cut-offs.
If you find that you’re having trouble pausing long enough, you can try counting to three in your head before starting to speak. This will help to ensure that you don’t accidentally talk over yourself.
Be Mindful of Noise
When you’re talking over a satellite PTT device, it’s important to be aware of any background noise that may be present. Things like loud music or machinery can make it difficult for the person on the other end to hear what you’re saying.
If possible, try to find a quiet place to talk or wait until the noise has died down before starting your conversation. You can also try to speak a little louder than usual so that your voice can be heard over the noise.
For more on how to properly utilize satellite PTT products optimally, or to learn about any of our satellite PTT or satellite internet and phone products, speak to the team at International Satellite Services today.