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Skype group call

31 May 2015
@ 09:37 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Hi guys, I have been thinking just lately, that it would be nice to offer skype group calls (if I can get my head around it all). I could record the calls with mp3 software, then post the chat up here or on the blog or whatever.

Would be like having ongoing seminars.

Possibly a Sunday morning NZ time which would be Saturday afternoon in the lower states of the U.S or late Saturday morning in Oregon or Canada etc.

Just thinking out loud at this stage and will most likely delete this post after a bit. The thing is, I have such a heavy work load at the moment that I sometimes can't keep up with mail etc. So I am thinking that a group call may give us all more quality time together.

Yeah? Nah?

Yeah nah yeah?

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31 May 2015
@ 10:53 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Skype group call
My internet at home wouldn't be fast enough to support Skype, but it sounds like a great Idea Nathan, but the questions would come thick and fast!

My main concern would be with you covering your time ($), having seen firsthand the amount of hours you already spend helping people all over the world and mostly out of kindness.
The seminar Idea could get up as you could do them at your own pace and structure them to complement your book series instructions. Many of my apprentices find visual/hands on instruction easier to follow. The written part is then easier to take in.

Anyway, there just some of my random thoughts……….
01 Jun 2015
@ 12:25 pm (GMT)

Mike Neeson

Re: Skype group call
Martin, you can turn off the video and use only voice with Skype and it requires very little band width. I have used a similar system about 15 years ago using dial up and it still worked... so don't count yourself out just yet.

Nathan, maybe you could have people post in questions and you could video yourself answering them (with the required hand waving) and post to YouTube or something similar? I'm just thinking that having a bunch of blokes all on the same line might be hard to keep under control?

A bloke in the 'States does something along these lines. search 8541 Tactical. Followers send questions and he answers them on episode. Just another idea. I guess the only way to find out is to give it a crack. Keen to see what you come up with.
01 Jun 2015
@ 08:30 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Skype group call
Thanks for the feedback guys, very interesting.

I think I would feel like a prick talking to myself Mike- will have to think about this though as I can see where you are coming from. As for group calls, I was thinking only 4-6 guys online at a time. Thought that might work- don't know.

Yes, that's very true Marty, especially lately. Have also had a few folk calling through the weekends, even sat and sun night, then calls at 1-2am when we are asleep- twice in the last couple of weeks. Its quite invasive sometimes. Having the business premises at home is optimal for security but not so good when folk don't think before they call.
01 Jun 2015
@ 11:21 pm (GMT)

Alvaro Piqueras Alonso-Lamberti

Re: Skype group call
Hi guys

+1 with Mike... I think you will find easier to post youtube seminars/demos/etc.

You can record them when you have time... don´t have to schedule calls with 6 guys!

And people can see them again and again, no matter where they are or "when" they are. You can also give links as answers to the mails you receive.

I think this will be easier and more productive.
01 Jun 2015
@ 11:55 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Skype group call
Thanks Mike, l will keep the Skype idea alive then.

Nathan I notice your lack of comments etc. on the forums and like some others know this is due to your lack of time and more likely support from us!
We live in a me, me, me world at the moment and selfish is the call of the day. The resource that you and Steph provide is second to none and something l have never seen anywhere else.
l want more readers to realise this, "Ahh it's only one quick question" or paragraph, followed by another then another to confirm and all of a sudden there goes an hour or more of Nathans time........... what do you get paid for an hour of your time????

l do remember my floundering skills and inaccurate rifles before Nathan began helping me with his “black magic”.

Anyway, there is that over passionate ranting again hey!

Off topic I know.
02 Jun 2015
@ 12:46 am (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Skype group call
OK, so I need an armchair and a Persian cat, then I can read out my emails and answer them in front of the camera.

Will take me a bit to get my head around this.



02 Jun 2015
@ 02:30 am (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Skype group call
And a "mini me" oh and an eye patch, eye patches are pretty cool..... moh haa moh hahaahaa!
02 Jun 2015
@ 03:51 am (GMT)

Bob Mavin

Re: Skype group call
And a litre of RUM !!!! Ok Aye
02 Jun 2015
@ 07:35 am (GMT)

Thomas Kitchen

Re: Skype group call
im sure what ever you and steph come up with will be good nathan, not sure about the persian cat and mini me thou sharks with fricken lazer beam might raise some eyebrows with acc also.

im not sure if it would be possible to record some of your skype calls with clients permission and edit them for a video blog.

if there is a charge for a series of video seminars ill be more then happy to pay your books are the best value i have seen doubt a seminar would be any different.
any way look forwards to hearing more about it.
02 Jun 2015
@ 07:54 am (GMT)

jason

Re: Skype group call
Honestly.... yeah, nah.
The amount of info or detail you go into needs to be able to be re- viewed over a few times to sink in.
I would of thought this would make you even more busy. And often someone's question has been asked in a similar way before in a previous thread. And usually its dis- missed as it's not a concern to us at that very time.
people need to search old threads.

I guess you could do the videos from the lazy boy. But I would guess they would be much like the forum as very accurate answers to a certain question. Which only suits the member/readers when they come across that problem. So you would be doing a heap of videos to create a database that you would be repeating/continuing or adding to the forum in video form.(still really pleasing one person at a time)
So now you have two different places to continue. (I'm guessing ud want to keep the website going as well.)

I think people like the direct answer from the man himself. But obviously takes a lot of time. And cant always be expected. But Maybe go like other forums, a-point a moderator or trusted person or two to answer on your behalf. You could skim over to see if your happy with the answer. If so leave it be. And help on the more challenging questions. The moderator may contact you to help. But at least he/she is taking some load off.

The difference between this forum and others is. This is personal. All questions are directed to you. And your answer is waited on. Where as others everyone puts there ten cents in. And are not so trusted.
But here your the man and are trusted. But what a work load huh.
I can only imagine it would be hard letting someone take a rain on your behalf tho.

I don't know just an idea. Something for you to think about.

make a tv series out of it call it the apprentice, haha. Online test, answers to be submitted to you to see who wins a position on the team. 0 figure salary and no car!

(What a marathon reply to do on a phone!)

02 Jun 2015
@ 01:48 pm (GMT)

Joshua Mayfield

Re: Skype group call
Good Morning,
My selfish answer to the question would be "Yes! Can you start today?"
But as has been pointed out that may not be in the best interest of the Fosters.

One thing that I have always found really helpful and I wish it would be done more often at seminars and conferences I have to attend is the round table / panel discussion format of instruction. Nathan, you have guys who are active on this forum who have legit experience and expertise. Then there are also guys like me who are just trying to learn from you experts and are very grateful for the chance. Bringing someone like me in on a group discussion might not prove helpful. But a recording of a round table conversation, of sorts, between some of you who've really been there and done that would be something I'd carve out time to watch, and re-watch, and re-watch, and take notes on.

That idea is still pretty self serving, now that I read it. Anyway, I feel very fortunate to have access to what is on your website right now. Anything you may add in the future will be exciting.
03 Jun 2015
@ 10:34 am (GMT)

Andrew Simmers

Re: Skype group call
Good morning.
Just my tuppence worth. Before I found ballistic studies one of the better sites on you tube belongs in my opinion to Thomas Haugland of THLR. His short films I have found most informative and helpful. In addition he has been involved in a DVD on long range shooting.
Would it not be worth consideration of creating your own series of films or dvd (In order to generate some revenue for your hard earned knowledge and time in addition to your books) for viewers to gain a better understanding? As has previously been mentioned these can be viewed several times to glean all the info put forward.
In my particular case I am neither competition shooter nor an experienced hunter, just a humble farmer who shoots the odd vermin and target on his own ground. But who has an insatiable desire to gain as much info as possible to develop his rifle and shooting skills to allow me to be comfortable in taking a (humane if at an animal) shot at increasing ranges. I would feel I was too inexperienced or skilled to ask pertinent questions on Skype or similar but would devour any video/dvd for information first before wanting to ask questions directly. But that's just me.

Take care
Andrew
03 Jun 2015
@ 08:14 pm (GMT)

Nathan Foster

Re: Skype group call
Hi Andrew, there has been a U.S documentary made, featuring what we do. This is still in production and will screen in the U.S when it is finished.

Once the final book in the series is finished, I will be able to look more towards other media. having said that, I need to finish my research uploads to the KB as a commitment to readers. I simply wondered if a skype chat (think radio talk) would be a simple vehicle.

You mentioned that you would feel the discussions would be more advanced and possibly out of your depth. This would not be the angle for any skype group call. It has to be something everyone can utilize and feel free to ask what they may believe to be a dumb question.

Thanks for all of your thoughts guys. Steph and I are very grateful for your kind comments.
03 Jun 2015
@ 10:21 pm (GMT)

Martin Taylor

Re: Skype group call
When I look back at my ongoing journey into developing accurate rifles, reloading & shooting techniques many of the questions l have asked (many of Nathan or his books) have been what some would call "dumb", but these simple steps are needed in any learning so feel free to throw them in the ring Andrew. I have made some fundamental eras along the way that could have been easily dodged if l had of asked.

And as l have said we all learn in different ways & speeds, some can read something and away they go, others need visual and/or verbal references and others a combination. I love the video Idea or whatever you want to call them, just finding the one that suits.
04 Jun 2015
@ 05:00 pm (GMT)

Andrew Simmers

Re: Skype group call
Cheers Nathan and Martin for your replies.

Totally agree with you that we all learn in different ways and at different speeds. I feel more reassured that my questions may not be considered "dumb" - now it's whether you guys can understand my Scots dialect on Skype!

Looking forward to the documentary.

Must add a big thank you Nathan for providing such a fantastic reservoir of info, knowledge and know how with your books and website. Much appreciated, thank you.

Take care
Andrew
 

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