Blakely Thomas-Aguilar

Blakely is a work-life juggler with three little monsters, Sci-Fi/Fantasy Book-a-holic, Atlanta transplant and PR/social/content strategist (and presentations nerd) for PGi.

5 Fun Presentation Ideas | 5-Minute Webinar, Sponsored by iMeet

Looking for 5 fun presentations ideas you can master in just five minutes? Welcome to the inaugural “Webinar Wednesday” on the PGi blog! Play the YouTube video below to hear my top five presentation ideas in this pre-recorded webinar, sponsored by (and filmed in) iMeet, PGi’s best-in-class online meeting software. Get our new eBook, “Presentations Playbook,” free HERE.

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Professional Development | The Importance of Being Brave in Your Career

“Nothing is black and white, nothing’s ‘us or them.’ But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, it gives you hope.” — Dave Matthews There are twice as many “actively disengaged” workers in the world as there are “engaged” workers, according to a Gallup report. …

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Valentines Day Dinner with MasterChef Finalist Terry Lyons: 3 Courses in 30 minutes!

Need a little Valentines Day dinner inspiration? Our Facebook Seasons Eatings contest was a huge hit last winter, and we had the amazing pleasure of hosting our first-ever iMeet virtual cooking lesson, hosted by Terry Lyons, former Master Chef Ireland finalist from his kitchen in Clonakilty, Ireland. The result? A delectable three-course meal, perfect for a romantic Valentines Day dinner …

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Snowpocalypse 2.0: Atlanta Workers Get Smarter, Work Smarter the Second Time Around

Atlanta learned from the first round of “Snowpocalypse,” the weather phenomenon that baffled the southeastern US in January and struck again this week. Instead of fleeing from offices, businesses and workers opted to stay home, using technology like Wifi, mobile devices, VPNs and virtual meetings to keep business going.Like so many of you, our Atlanta workers had to find new …

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Are You Ready for the Future of Social Selling? Here’s Your Survival Guide

Sales pros: Are you trying to figure out how to embrace the future of social selling? Trying to get an edge in our increasingly competitive B2B and B2C landscape? Old-school sales techniques no longer giving you the edge? Need new ways to grow your business through customer expansion, business development and sales prospecting? Sales leaders from PGi, Hubspot, LinkedIn, Top …

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Productivity at Work | 2014 Anti-Trend List for Modern Workers

2014 is a pivotal year for modern workers and productivity at work. Companies are just starting to get on board with worker demands: flexible work, benefits and technology choices. Workers are starting to use technology to work smarter and improve their productivity at work: mobile devices, productivity apps and intuitive collaboration software. To move forward, however, we must STOP habits …

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5 Productivity Tips and Fixes for Your Email

I finished nothing at work today. Oh, I did a whole lot. I just never finished anything. Here’s my half-finished list: Opened but didn’t send a calendar invitation for Thursday. The odds are, I’ll completely forget to send it before I leave today and then struggle to find open times on six people’s calendars on Wednesday afternoon. Tried to finish …

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25 Leadership Quotes from the World’s Greatest Leaders

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Whether you need a little leadership inspiration today or want to inspire your team and/or social networks, here are my top 25 leadership quotes from the world’s greatest leaders—past and present. [slideshare id=34084385&doc=25leadershipquotesfromtheworldsgreatestleaders-140429101051-phpapp01] 1. “The nation will find it very hard to look up to the leaders who are keeping their ears to the ground.” —Sir Winston Churchill, former Prime …

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5 Steps to Overcome the Back-to-Work Vacation Hangover

If you’re getting back to work from a long, glorious vacation, you might be sitting in front of your laptop like me: staring woefully at an overwhelming pile of emails and looming deadlines. Where do you even begin to start? And how do you overcome the intense urge to just make a run for it?! Have heart, oh workers of …

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On the Ninth Day of Telework Scrooge Gave to Me, a Very Cranky Colleague – Bah, Humbug!

Over the past few days, we’ve regaled you with telework stories that hopefully made you laugh. Today, we’ll help you overcome the story that makes you want to cry: the Office Scrooge. For those of you who don’t know who Scrooge is (gasp!), let me enlighten you: “A Christmas Carol” is Charles Dickens’ Victorian novella about a cranky, bitter old …

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On the Fourth Day of Telework, My Jetta Gave to Me a Break from the Traffic Crazy

Today marks the fourth day of PGi’s telework series, and if you’re like me, winter’s bad weather traffic is stressing you out—and it’s only December.  The answer to saving the stress (and keeping money in your wallet) is to skip the commute and opt for flexible work and/or telework. To make a business case for telecommuting at your company, download …

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Seasons Eatings Contest: Your “Delish Dish” Could Win a Cooking Lesson with a MasterChef Finalist

It’s that time of year, again: delicious meals, scrumptious recipes, office potlucks and sweet treats. This year, though, your “delish dish” could win you a cooking lesson with a MasterChef finalist. MasterChef Ireland finalist Terry Lyons will give five lucky winners a gourmet cooking lesson in January, where they will be inspired by Terry’s unique fusion of global flavors and …

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Collaborative Conversation with Leaders of the Disruptive Revenue Marketing Movement, Debbie Qaqish and Liz McClellan

On Friday, I had the opportunity to speak with Chief Strategy Officer Debbie Qaqish about her new book, Rise of the Revenue Marketer. Liz McClellan, PGi VP of Field Marketing and contributor to the book, joined us to discuss the evolution of marketing strategy, the tools needed for modern sales enablement and the game-changing strategies and results of revenue marketing. …

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Top 5 SlideShare Fun Presentation Ideas Slide Decks

We all love to hate a horrendous presentation, but SlideShare’s amazingly talented crowd has some amazingly fun presentation ideas that will help you be the best in your company. Here are the top five SlideShare presentations with fun presentation ideas you can use today. 1. Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) — Alexei Kapterev [slideshare id=85551&doc=death-by-powerpoint4344] The stats in …

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[Infographic] Workations Survey: 82% of Workers Reveal They Work on Vacation

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82% of workers don’t take vacations anymore. Welcome to workation nation. A recent survey by PGi, a global leader in virtual meetings, revealed the dramatic reality of today’s workers: 82% connect to the office on vacation. Smartphones are the  #1 workation enabler. 40% use a smartphone to work on vacation. 11% use a laptop. 4% use a tablet. 37% are …

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The Case for SySTEMatic Change: New STEM Education Infographic

SySTEMic need for change

“Today’s recovering, highly competitive economy offers a growing demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. To compete in this greater job market, the U.S. education system needs support to equip students with tools for STEM success.” The newest infographic from PGi, a global leader in virtual meetings for over 20 years, explores the current climate of STEM education …

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Online Interview Infographic: Body Language Secrets for Recruiters and Job Seekers

Tips for success for recruiters and job seekers

“Whether you’re a job seeker or a recruiter screening candidates, you might not realize that body language can determine 80% of the final decision.” A new PGi infographic, as seen on, reveals that the future of hiring lies in the online job interview. The infographic unveils the secrets of great face-to-face interviews online—a trend that has risen 49% since 2011. The numbers reveal …

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Fun Presentation Ideas: New eBook will Put Oompf Back in Your Presentation Skills

If you’re looking to spice up your next online meeting, have we got some fun presentation ideas for you!  In the new eBook, The Little Black Book of Presentation Ideas, the meetings experts at PGi serve up 21 fun presentation ideas that will “kick the dull out of your presentations.” The ideas are so good that CNN Money featured the …

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Millennials at Work: When it Comes to Business Does Father Still Know Best [INFOGRAPHIC]

Infographic on how Millennials and the other generations can collaborate and learn from each other at work

As we celebrate the World’s Greatest Dad this Father’s Day, we wondered: when it comes to business, does Father still know best? Or do the Millennials now have the upper hand? To answer that question, PGi whipped up an infographic, When It Comes to Business, Does Father Still Know Best, to spotlight the growing number of Millennial workers entering the …

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3 Simple Ways to Cut Business Travel Costs

With rising prices all across the travel industry ($4/gallon, anyone?), businesses everywhere are searching for ways to reduce their travel budgets without risking their bottom line. Here are three simple (and relatively painless) ways to cut business travel costs without damaging your business or employee morale. 1. Cross-train your employees. The average two-person field sales team (sales rep + specialist) …

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