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6 Phrases to Avoid During a Conference Call

Phrases to avoid during conference calls

Regardless of whether you think the conference call is still relevant in 2015, they remain a staple of our business day. Whether you’re meeting with coworkers or external vendors or clients, the need to talk quickly and easily with groups isn’t going away anytime soon. However, the audio-only nature of conference calls can lead to some awkward, inefficient moments if …

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Is the Conference Call Still Relevant in 2015?

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When an employee needs to collaborate across a distance, today they can communicate with video or even make a polished presentation using webcasting and webinars. With more engaging, interactive options available than ever, is the conference call still relevant in 2015? Are Conference Calls Still Relevant? Conference calls have a spotty reputation among workers. They are notorious for being unproductive, …

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Master Unruly Audio with the Conference Call Flowchart

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In PGi’s most recent eBook, “The Modern Worker’s Etiquette Handbook,” we explore several modern business etiquette tips for email, social media, telecommuting and more. Online meetings and conference calls are one of the most common examples of where etiquette can fail modern workers. For conference calls, noisy surroundings, barking dogs, screaming children or simply bad, scratchy audio connections can ruin …

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3 Things You Should Never Say on a Conference Call

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Love ‘em or hate ‘em, conference calls are an inevitable part of your workday. They’re so commonplace that Tripp and Tyler’s video mocking them has, as of this writing, over 8 and a half million views on YouTube. That’s a lot of mockery: The question, of course, is this: if they’re such a common part of our workday, why are …

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5 Things to Avoid When Making a Conference Call

Many people struggle when meeting in conference calls. These individuals suffer from lack of experience and simply have no idea how to conduct a productive and collaborative meeting. Don’t be the one who doesn’t have a clue of how to perform a beneficial conference call. Here are 5 things that should always be avoided when carrying out a conference call: …

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PGi’s Latest White Paper is Your Definitive Guide to Modern Audio Conferencing

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Nothing is more important to collaboration than consistent, high-quality audio conferencing connections that you can always rely on. We have a saying around here at PGi: the spoken word is the foundation of collaboration. In spite of all of the advances in modern collaboration tools – features like white-boarding, screen sharing, video meetings and more – audio is still ultimately …

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How to Make the Most of Your Conference Call Solution

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Gone are the days when everyone you needed to talk to was just down the hall. Now, teams and clients may be located all over the country. Conference calls act as great tools for collaborating with others, no matter their location. Conference calls should be just as effective as an in-person meeting. They should start and end on time, be …

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What Conference Calls Looked Like in the Past

Effective communication is imperative to the success of any business. The tools and methods used to communicate have significantly evolved over the years. From the pony express of the 1800s to today’s innovative voice and video communications, businesses have used their available resources to effectively communicate with others. Conference calls have been a very popular communications option. Party lines, one …

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Business Etiquette for Conference Calls

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Meetings happen every day in the business world. In fact, it is estimated that professionals attend 61 meetings per month. That’s a lot of conference calls, face-to-face meetings and web conferences. To ensure you make the best impression in your conference calls, try these 11 business etiquette tips. 1.       No secret attendees Include your attendee’s name in the body of …

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5 Things to Avoid When Making a Conference Call

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Conference calls have become very popular in the business world. Due to the global demands of today’s marketplace, companies have employees spread all over the world. These remote teams use conference calls and virtual meetings to help maintain effective communication and collaboration. In order to achieve a productive conference call, here are five things you should avoid.  1.       Arriving late …

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The 7 Worst People You Meet on Conference Calls

There’s something about the comfortable visual anonymity of the conference call that brings out the worst in people. It’s like they think “Well, no one can see what I’m doing, so let’s see how disruptive I can be!” Here are the 7 absolute worst people you meet on conference calls on a daily basis. Any of these sound familiar? 1) …

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Your New Conference Phone: Audio Conferencing in the Age of the Tablet

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Walk by any conference room in your organization and odds are there’s a conference phone in the middle of the table. They’ve become symbols of workplace collaboration and communication. But as the proliferation of mobile devices continues to rise, they’ve also come to symbolize the old-school methods of audio conferencing; today, in the age of the tablet, it’s not uncommon …

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Audio + Lync Come Together at Lync Conference 2014

Last month, PGi was a Bronze Sponsor at the Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas. Approximately 1,600 Lync administrators and users from all over the world gathered at this conference to share, connect and learn more about Lync. To help conference goers better understand the multiple offerings that Lync Online (Skype for Business) can provide for their businesses, time was …

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How to Choose a Conferencing Provider

An important part of any IT professional’s job is selecting effective service providers for his or her company. The selection process can sometimes be a stressful one. It may involve extensive research, assessing staff needs and comparing advantages and disadvantages of the different providers. When it comes to audio and web conferencing, IT professionals often must decide between a large …

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PGi Acquires Powwownow

PGi Acquires Powwownow

I am excited to share that PGi has acquired UK-based Powwownow, one of Europe’s fastest growing conferencing and collaboration providers focused on small and midsize businesses. For more information, please read the press release. By joining forces, PGi is now positioned as the second largest independent conferencing and collaboration provider in Europe. Powwownow’s dominance in the SMB space in the …

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7 Hidden Ways You’re Sabotaging your Audio Calls

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When you’re on an audio conference call, all you have to communicate about yourself is your voice. While reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I became acutely aware of how people—particularly women—tend to consistently undermine themselves in everyday communications with small, yet significant, choices. The impact of these choices are cumulative and can erode professional reputation, self-confidence and long-term career …

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The Benefits and Challenges of Producing Cloud Software

One of the reasons that PGi has been in business for over twenty years is our adaptability. We pioneer technological innovation and bring those technologies to bear to provide industry-leading collaboration solutions to our customers all over the globe. Today, PGi has shifted its collaboration infrastructure into the cloud, providing GlobalMeet®, iMeet® and GlobalMeet Audio through web-based cloud software applications. …

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GlobalMeet for Android Brings Effortless Conferencing to Your Favorite Smartphone

Earlier this year, Google hosted Google I/O, its annual developer conference where it typically debuts new versions of its various products. On display this year were new versions of Google Maps, conversational search capabilities and a completely revamped Google+ experience. However, also of note were the numbers: Google confirmed that there have been 900 million Android™ activations to date. By …

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The Past, Present and Future of Audio Conferencing: Collaborative Conversations with Joe Yang

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I’ve written before about the strength of PGi’s audio conferencing and how innovations in audio technology are shaping the future of this mission-critical component of modern business. In this edition of Collaborative Conversations, I get an expert’s take: a 13 year veteran of the conferencing industry, Joe Yang. Tell us about your background and your current role at PGi. I …

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Busting the Top 4 Myths About Web Conferencing

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As 20 year veterans of the meetings and collaboration industry, PGi has access to a wealth of surveys and research data on user usage habits and overall perceptions of mission-critical business technologies like audio conferencing and web conferencing. We’ve found that, as with any technology, the ever-advancing nature of web conferencing tools has given rise to lot of myths and …

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