Kelly Strain

What is Webcasting?

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Today you hear the term webcasting used frequently in business as it’s becoming an increasingly popular way for companies to host online events. We know you’ve heard the term webcast, but you might be thinking what is webcasting anyway? We’re here to help make sense of it all, and we’ll start with the basics. We can define webcasting as the …

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The Emergence of Virtual Investor Relations

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The COVID-19 pandemic changed the way every industry does business. Telehealth, which used to be a convenience, has become a necessary tool for patients to keep up with their doctor visits. Other businesses have adopted new work from home policies and are reducing their office footprint.  And grocery stores are now delivering more food than ever, solidifying the importance of …

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How to Show Gratitude to Your Remote Team

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Although working from home may seem like a dream situation for some employees, it’s far from a walk in the park. While working remotely offers benefits such as flexibility, there are significant disadvantages, such as loneliness and communication troubles. According to the 2020 State of Remote Work report from Buffer, 20% of remote employees state loneliness as their biggest struggle with working …

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The Power of Saying ‘Good Morning’ to Your Virtual Team

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It’s a habit. We walk into the office and say, “good morning!” to whoever we pass. But when you’re part of a virtual team, the only people greeting you get each morning are probably your family and your pets. Greeting your virtual team each morning is one of the best things you can do to boost remote workers’ morale and …

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Why and How to Mute Phones on a Conference Call

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Conference calls can be a hassle, especially when there are several participants. On top of tackling technology, you have to manage the call properly so you can conduct the meeting efficiently. However, this doesn’t always go so smoothly. With participants in multiple locations on different devices, it can be a challenge for everyone to follow proper conference call protocols. As a …

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Webcasting Equipment Essentials: All the Gear You Need to Be Successful

Webcasting Equipment Essentials

Have you ever been logged into a webcast or video conference and had difficulty seeing or hearing the presenter? If so, chances are they lacked the right webcasting equipment for a successful online event. While our laptops are powerful tools, they often do not possess the top visual and audio equipment for clear webcasting and video calls. As a result, employees …

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Why You Need to Turn On Your Webcam

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In this new era of remote work and teleconferencing, we’ve all become accustomed to group phone calls and video meetings becoming the “new normal.” Some people may wonder, is it really necessary to turn on the webcam? If you’re in the meeting anyway, does it matter if your employer or colleagues can see your face? Let’s take a look at the reasons …

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The 4 Best At-Home Webcast Lighting Tips

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When you run a large webcast from home, you want to look your best. Whether you’re presenting your work in front of an all-hands company meeting or participating in a panel for a virtual conference, you must look put together and properly lit. A dim or distorted light source can ruin your appearance in front of a live webcast. To avoid any …

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7 Tips for Running Effective Whiteboarding Sessions

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Whiteboarding sessions — both in-office and virtual — provide teams with a collaborative, creative environment for brainstorming new ideas and solving problems. Without a defined structure in place, however, these sessions can quickly unravel and get off track. For an effective whiteboarding session with your team, keep these seven tips in mind. 1. Choose the Right Whiteboarding Tool Virtual whiteboards bring the …

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More Video Screens for Larger Meetings – And Other Top-Requested Features

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PGi rolled out new GlobalMeet Collaboration enhancements designed to improve how people, teams, and enterprises productively connect and collaborate, no matter where they are. Businesses continue to demand more convenient ways to maintain virtual face-to-face interactions with remote colleagues, customers, partners, friends, and family. In response, we have ramped up development and support for GlobalMeet Collaboration to accelerate our feature …

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4 Ways to Connect With Family and Friends Over Video Chat

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Since many states are still under a stay-at-home order and travel plans have been halted, people are struggling with being unable to see family and friends as often as they once did. As a result of this distance, friends and families are relying on technology more than ever to connect and communicate. The next time you video chat with your friends …

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How to Pull Off a Professional Video Call From Home

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Now that everyone relies on video calls for communication, video conferencing “fails” are becoming a trending topic online. In order to avoid “fails” and successfully pull off a professional video call from home, keep our quick tips in mind: 1. Invest in a Hi-Res Camera and Quality Audio Before your video meeting or interview, test out your computer’s camera and …

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Virtual Whiteboard for Better Teamwork and Brainstorming

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When your team is scattered across the world, brainstorming together can be difficult. Phone calls can have spotty connections and using company funds for regular meet-ups can be costly. Office environments easily foster creative in person interactions, ad hoc brainstorms and meetings. These interactions, many unplanned, feed into the creative spirit for many companies. But, if an in-office meeting is out …

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How to Engage an Audience of 50,000 

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced meeting and event planners to reconfigure conventions, conferences, training seminars and other large corporate gatherings away from physical settings. Taking cues from government agencies and world health organizations, event planners are turning to online solutions to host events virtually during the pandemic. In some cases, these events have transitioned to virtual ones permanently.  For these …

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Stand Up Meetings: What Are They and How to Make Them Effective

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In their 2019 State of Meetings Report, Doodle reported that the United States wasted approximately $399 billion on poorly organized meetings. On top of the financial impact, 44% of study respondents stated that unorganized meetings left them with fewer hours in the day to accomplish their work tasks. These long, drawn-out meetings—that likely could have been resolved through email—waste company funds and …

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6 Tips for Managing Your Mental Health While WFH

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Shifting to remote work can be a challenge. This change of environment can have a large impact on a worker’s mental health. The 2019 State of Remote Work report by Buffer indicated that while remote workers enjoy the flexible nature of working from home, 22% of workers have difficulty unplugging after work, 19% feel lonely, and 8% lose motivation. Take care of …

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How to Keep a Large Video Meeting Productive

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Have you ever been to a company-wide video meeting where productivity went flying out the window? From side conversations to unnecessary topics, video meetings with 20+ people can be quite unproductive, if not handled properly. To keep your team on track during your next video meeting, use these tips: 1. Invite the Right Team Members Rather than inviting every person in …

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3 Ways Unified Communications Supports Remote Workers

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Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 5 million Americans, or approximately 3.6% of the nation’s workforce, worked remotely from home. Now, as remote work sweeps the U.S., 55% say it can succeed in their industry, with more than 75% of people endorsing remote work in digital fields such as software, finance and media.  There is no indication that companies are rushing to return …

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Webcasting Use Cases in a Social Distancing World

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PGi has been in the webcast business for decades. We’ve seen just about every reason to host a webcast. With the heightened need for communication during the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share eight ways we’ve recently seen GlobalMeet Webcast be used. 1. Town Hall Events Now more than ever, it’s important to keep employees informed about what’s going on …

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Key Findings from PGi’s 2020 Digital Communications: Early Adopter Study

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In February 2020 the PGi team conducted a study to better understand the state of digital communications. While the COVID-19 pandemic has transformed remote work entirely, and perhaps permanently, the study uncovered several interesting findings. These include commonalities between generations of workers and a clear trend: People desired the flexibility to work remotely before it became the government mandate. Study …

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