To borrow from Bell Telephone’s ad slogan, "It’s the next best thing to being there." Skype video calling is very much like being there. I use Skype frequently for face-to-face communication with contractors, clients and prospects. Skype also offers multi-party video conferencing and screen sharing for a fee. Or, if you have GoToMeeting, you can offer video conferencing with greater screen sharing capabilities.Alan Blume is an author and founder and CEO of StartUpSelling Inc. For more information, go to www.StartUpSelling.com.