Collaboration

How to Keep Uninvited Guests Out of Your Online Meeting

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The number of businesses using virtual meetings skyrocketed this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Naturally, as more and more people began to leverage video conferencing and webcasting software for personal, professional, and educational uses, companies and users alike became increasingly concerned about security features. Securing web-based content is a challenge. Particularly when incorporating streaming audio and video with various interactive elements. In April …

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How Secure is Your Video Conferencing?

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The question of security is one that hits close to home for most businesses. Today, the business community is hyper-aware of security risks as companies operate outside of traditional office space. The stakes are higher than ever now that almost every meeting you host or attend is over video conferencing. When businesses look at their data security, they need to …

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5 Video Conferencing Benefits for Small Businesses

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Tools for a small business video conference are no longer optional for companies. With most employees working from home for the foreseeable future, small businesses must have a preferred video conferencing tool to communicate with their teams, clients, and vendors. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, 58% of businesses used video conferencing for their everyday operations. This number is expected to increase dramatically over the …

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What is VoIP and How Do I Start Using It?

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Anyone who has ever participated in a video conference for work or a casual video chat with friends understands the constant struggle for quality audio. For example, audio can become such a problem that users join video from their computer, yet call in using their cellphone or landline for audio. In short, people often fear choppy, out of sync computer audio …

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5 Tips for Running an Effective Online Classroom

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COVID-19 has disrupted in-school learning for the foreseeable future. Until it is safe to do so, education will likely continue online with students participating in webcasts for education, online classrooms, lectures, and assignments. While online learning was once a choice, it is now the norm. For teachers, this means becoming proficient at hosting effective webcasts for education regularly. Studies have …

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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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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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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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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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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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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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3 Ways to Inspire and Motivate Remote Teams

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Remote work was once a desirable office perk. Since 2010, however, the amount of people who work remotely at least once a week has grown by 400%. In the past few weeks, that number has skyrocketed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. While still tasked with the same responsibilities, workloads, and deliverables as before, remote teams also face their own unique …

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Working From Home With Kids: Navigating the New Normal

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With shelter-in-place orders mandated around the country in response to COVID-19, families are finding themselves tackling new territory. Working from home with kids. On top of bringing home the responsibilities of the office, work from home moms and dads are now tasked with guiding their kids’ schoolwork each day. The compounding stress between work, financial worries, day-to-day life, and keeping the …

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New to Remote Work? Helpful Resources and Online Courses

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If you don’t have much experience working remotely, making that change suddenly is jarring. Your routines, habits, and workflows are disrupted significantly. However, there’s good news. People with lots of remote work experience have shared their knowledge to help others learn the necessary skills. Here are some great resources to check out instead of trying to re-invent the remote work …

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What is Telework?

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Telework, also called remote work, has been gaining popularity over the last few decades. Telework or telecommuting is when an employee does not commute to a primary office location for work, but instead works from home. Working remotely for an all-remote company, such as Zapier, Museum Hack, and Hotjar, is also considered telework. As is working from an off-site location, like …

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