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Ashley Speagle

Ashley Speagle is a Florida-born, Georgia-raised communications specialist, couch movie critic, dream interpreter, acrophobic adventure seeker, outdoors enthusiast, and easy-going introvert.

6 Collaboration Trends Shaping the Future of IT

future of IT

Collaboration-centric strategies are now at the heart of modern IT departments, breaking down formerly rigidly defined siloes and creating responsive, communicative teams through methodologies like agile development. Instead of reacting slowly to change, IT now plans for it far in advance, remaining flexible enough to respond in real time rather than being purely reactive. Instead of waiting for lengthy analysis and approvals, …

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Sales Presentations: How to Lose Your Audience in 10 Ways

boring presentations

Want your sales presentation to bore at new extremes? Here are 10 of the most unattractive presentation ideas and off-putting ways to pitch your prospects. Sales Presentations: How to Lose Your Audience in 10 Ways from PGi Put everything you’ll say on your slides. Use small font so it all fits. Read every slide. Write your data out in bullets. Show …

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Why No One Cares About Your Presentation: 5 Don’ts

sleeping

Presentations are scary business. For some, it’s the public speaking part that makes them buckle at the knees. For others, it’s the fear of putting everyone to sleep that makes them worry about every detail. But killer presentations aren’t a “pie in the sky.” You simply need to throw out all your old ideas about presentations and subscribe to a …

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Making Customers the Hero at MarketingProfs B2B 2015 Forum

Are your marketing efforts focusing more on your story than the customer’s? Do your marketing campaigns feel a little less than, well, human? This year’s MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum on Oct. 21-23 was all about the three C’s: creating customer connections! Across all 54 sessions, the message echoed again and again is to put the customer at the center, as recapped by …

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Waking the Dead: A Guide to a Killer Presentation

killer presentation

You’re making a presentation, and suddenly, you hear “squeeeeak..clonk, clonk, clonk.” A monster’s on the way! What do you do? How do you wake the dead? How do you keep beasties and ghouls from ruining your pitch? Here’s your guide to a killer presentation. How to Slay a Zombie Silent and unresponsive, zombies have limited function in their brains, and …

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10 Tech Tools of Terror

10 Tech Tools of Terror

The average American adult now checks their phone 150 times per day. There will be 26 billion autonomous Internet-connected devices by 2020. Technology is now so intertwined with our daily lives and so ubiquitous in our society, it’s hard to believe that just eight years ago the first iPhone was released or that just 18 years ago the first social …

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Conjure up Some Collaboration Magic With PGi at MarketingProfs

Marketing Magic

Want to put a spell on your webinar participants? Searching for better ways to bewitch your digital audience? Wish you had a magic marketing touch? This year’s MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum will include 54 sessions from the top players in the industry so you can “Make Marketing Magic.” During Oct. 21-23, join PGi as MarketingProfs works its magic in Boston. …

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5 Signs You Need to Chuck Your “Starter Software”

online meeting software

Once upon a time, you started a business. You acquired shiny, new tools to help you collaborate and communicate your business dream to the world. By now, though, you’ve probably grown customers, expanded operations and added employees to the point where your online meeting software now feels more like hand-me-down technology. That’s a problem, not only holding back productivity and collaboration …

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Why Silence Is Critical to Good Business Collaboration

silence and collaboration

Business collaboration is now considered the path to innovation, and as a result, companies do everything they can to ensure communication is constant, teams are always connected and doors remain open to every idea. Work follows employees everywhere through mobile, cloud-based technology, and the office itself is designed to increase opportunities for collaboration to happen. In an effort to maximize …

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10 Quotes on the Future of Business Collaboration

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Business collaboration will look very different behind the doors of booming businesses in the future, according to experts at the 2015 Collabosphere collaboration conference. The most successful companies of tomorrow will be the ones that reevaluate, rethink and reimagine the way they approach everything, from reshaping cultures to restructuring entire businesses to improve collaboration. Glimpse the future of business collaboration with …

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Tossing out the Playbook at the 2015 Collabosphere Conference

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Tapping your keyboard, popping gum and drumming your fingers in anticipation of what the top collaboration experts have to say on the future of work? In case you missed the live event (or live webcast), here’s a roundup of the social conversation at the 2015 Collabosphere collaboration conference. Let’s do this. #Collabosphere pic.twitter.com/HZeYIE7xBN — Central Desktop (@centraldesktop) September 27, 2015   …

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By the Numbers: 10 Reasons to Follow #Collabosphere

#Collabosphere

Even if you didn’t book your ticket to Texas, the 2015 collaboration conference Collabosphere is one social media conversation you don’t want to miss Sept. 27-30. Here are 10 reasons Collabosphere is the only collaboration conference you’ll want to follow this year on Twitter. 1.5 million bats will be flying nearby because this year, Collabosphere will take place in the weird city …

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5 Future of Work Trends and Challenges Businesses Must Conquer

Work Trends

Businesses are already more mobile, flexible, digital and agile than ever before. What’s next for the future of work? 5 Future of Work Trends and Challenges from PGi Here are five ways work is quickly changing and the challenges that lie ahead: Asynchronous Collaboration: Near-time collaboration is increasingly important to connect virtual teams, build digital workplaces and increase agility. However, businesses …

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Gifographic: How Does Your Commute Compare to the World?

Global Commuting Gifographic

Honk, honk! Beep, beep! Ah, the soothing sounds of commuting—there’s no better way to start or end the workday. Who are we kidding? Commuting is the worst! And according to the second annual PGi Global Telework Survey Report, most workers commute more than 30 minutes every day. How long is your commute: 15 minutes, 45 minutes, over an hour? See how your …

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5 Creative Ways to Get Your Team on Time to Meetings

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You’ve eliminated downloads, dial-in numbers and passcodes. You’ve sent free/busy polls to find the best time to meet. You’ve given your team mobile meeting apps with calendar alerts and push notifications. Still, your team arrives late to online meetings, and you’ve heard all the worst late-for-meeting excuses. Once you have all the right technology in place, and workers are still …

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10 Best Apps for Virtual Team Building

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Do you know what your teammates’ watched on TV last night? Do you know who prefers to talk on the phone and who prefers instant messaging? Do you know who the early risers and night owls are? If you answered no, it’s time to get to know your remote co-workers a little better. Here are 10 of the most fun …

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6 Predictions on the Future of IT From PGi at Gartner Catalyst

The Future of IT

Collaboration has been a powerful force behind the evolution of IT. What was once a siloed, rigid organization, is now an interdependent, responsive team thanks to collaboration-centric strategies like agility and scrum processes. Instead of reacting slowly to change, IT now plans room for it far in advance and remains flexible enough to respond in real time. Instead of waiting for lengthy analysis and …

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Join the Collaboration Revolution With PGi at Cloud Partners

Cloud Partners

PGi invites partners to join our collaboration revolution at the annual Cloud Partners event in Boston, Sept. 16-18, from Channel Partners. Today, cloud-based collaboration solutions are driving industry trends and shaping customer expectations. If you’re ready to break into the cloud collaboration space or to take your cloud business to the next level, join PGi at this event to solve …

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5 Reasons You’re Meeting at the Worst Time

Worst Times to Meet

Between workers on the go and virtual teams miles apart, finding time to meet is harder than ever. Here are five reasons your in-office and online meetings have the worst timing. 5 Reasons You’re Meeting at the Worst Time from PGi You’re meeting at the beginning or end of the day. 9 a.m. meetings are just asking for latecomers, and at 4 p.m. workers …

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8 Levels of Awkwardness on Disastrous Conference Calls

awkward conference calls

Once again, your conference call starts late, runs long and is full of pauses and disruptions, but maybe no one noticed, right? Wrong! Behind the scenes, your meeting participants are wincing, yawning, multitasking and boiling with anger. Drink a cold glass of reality and see the faces behind your disastrous conference calls. Here are eight levels of awkwardness on conference …

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