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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.

Digital Media Revolution: Implications in Education

I used to think I was a cool kid. I had a pager, an old Compaq PC and a six-disc CD player. This past weekend, I recounted my teenage tech stories to a shocked 10-year-old audience: “You didn’t even have Angry Birds?” And now, when I walk into my own children’s elementary school, there are no chalkboards, word processors or …

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“Improve Your Office Day” with Telecommute for a Better World

What would you do to improve your office? Buy a round of donuts? Add a plant to your desk? Put up a colorful calendar? Or put on your slippers, brew a cup of coffee and get to work? It’s Improve Your Office Day here in the U.S. and the Meetings Experts at PGi aren’t surprised by a recent study by …

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Work is a Beach: Are Workations Our Doom or Our Freedom?

You can run, but you can’t hide. Just 15 years ago, vacation was an escape from the daily nine-to-five grind. The unplugged era is over, folks. Welcome to the age of the “workation.” We’ve all had that perfect vacation planned. A week–long trek through Italy, hiking in the Rocky Mountains, lounging on white sand beaches or Christmas with the family. …

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Day 5 Georgia Telework Week: Closing the Loop Between Home and the Office

It’s the fifth and final day of my Georgia Telework Week experiment – what a fantastic day! Thank you to the Clean Air Campaign, Governor Deal, PGi and the hundreds of companies that sponsored this week. Telework and video conferencing are top priorities for businesses this year and telecommuting showed me the importance of both as we look toward the …

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Day Two of Georgia Telework Week: Claiming Better Work-Life Balance

It’s the second day of my Georgia Telework Week challenge. Today, I did something I haven’t done in 10 years – I stole 45 glorious minutes for myself before kicking off my workday. Instead of heading into Atlanta’s bumper-to-bumper traffic, I got my kids on the school bus, took my dog for a walk and still connected to work 45 …

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eLearning Expert Uses Web Conferencing for Dynamic Online Training

Pete Lubeski, Sr. Manager of Learning Development for PGi, experienced the evolution from in-person training to eLearning throughout the 1990’s and into the new millennium. Pete shares his experiences, industry trends and expert advice to help corporate trainers deliver dynamic eLearning using the newest technologies, like web conferencing solution GlobalMeet. PGi: How did you get into corporate sales training? Pete: …

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How to Communiate Effectively in the Digital Age

We are in a Communication Revolution — a pivotal shift in global culture and influence. Letters are all but extinct thanks to email, text and social networks. Landline telephones are on the endangered species list as homes across the world cut their cords in favor of mobile and VOIP devices. These new tools and technologies enable tangible global connections, expanding …

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Video Conferencing Provides Cutting-Edge Advantage for Realtors

Realtors lead the United States in new media and virtual technology adoption. Surf the web and you find realtors all over the world embracing blogs, social media and video to create their own personal brands. In fact, next to celebrities and athletes, the National Association of REALTORS (NAR) and large organizations like Coldwell Banker lead Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

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