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7 Hidden Ways You’re Sabotaging your Audio Calls

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When you’re on an audio conference call, all you have to communicate about yourself is your voice. While reading Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg, I became acutely aware of how people—particularly women—tend to consistently undermine themselves in everyday communications with small, yet significant, choices. The impact of these choices are cumulative and can erode professional reputation, self-confidence and long-term career …

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4 Public Speaking Superheroes

We’re big fans of the power of presentations here at PGi. A well-executed presentation can change minds, open doors and steer the future of a company or career. Even if you’re equipped with the latest and greatest presentation tips, tricks and best practices, public speaking is still one of the most intimidating aspects of any presentation. In fact, comedian Jerry …

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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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How an Online Meeting Tool Helped Me Survive During the Perfect Storm of Sickness

Earlier this year, I was hit with two highly contagious and pretty brutal illnesses after visiting family. While out sick, I used iMeet so I could still attend virtual meetings and stay connected to my team. When I went home, I spent a lot of quality time with my twin niece and nephew. A week after returning to Atlanta, I …

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Does Adding Humor to a Meeting Increase Attentiveness?

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. Some are more productive and enjoyable, while others keep you on the edge of your seat—so you can be the first one out the door when it’s over. With attention spans decreasing to only last a few minutes, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep your audience engaged …

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iMeet Productivity Hacks to Add a Little Awesome to Your Meetings

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I’m just going to come out and say it: I love iMeet®. Now I know what you’re thinking—“Josh, you have to say that.” But it’s true! I literally use it every single day and it makes my work life better. The ease of entry, the fun personalization options and the killer iPad® and smartphone apps improve my meetings immeasurably. And …

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The Impact of Hate and Late in Meetings

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When done well, meetings can be the most productive and collaborative part of the work day, bringing bright minds in your company together to tackle problems and projects as a team. However, in today’s world of technology-driven meetings that usually accommodate both in-person and remote participants, it can be common for meetings to be plagued by technical difficulties or late …

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It’s All Economics: How Consumers Fall in Love with Products

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We live in a world today dictated by the brand, where consumers have unprecedented access to the products and companies they use and previously unheard-of freedom to vocalize their opinions. The explosion of social media has given rise to true brand engagement; what was once a one-way conversation of brands using their bullhorns to sell products has become a dialogue …

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Bad Presentations in Your Meetings: What is the Impact of Boredom in Your PowerPoint?

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PowerPoint slides have become a common presentation tool used in the business world. Unfortunately, the phrase “death by PowerPoint” has also become a familiar phrase. With attention spans quickly decreasing, audience members are getting bored even faster than before. Once your audience is bored it’s hard to get them back. The key is to keep them engaged from start to …

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The Key to Productive Meetings is the Way You End It

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. In fact, 11 million formal meetings take place daily in the United States—that’s three billion meetings per year. It’s hard to imagine how anyone can get their work done when they’re involved in so many meetings. Most people don’t like meetings because often times they’re long, boring, unproductive and ultimately a …

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How to Manage a Conference Call When You’re from the Texting (Gen Y) Generation

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Not only is the workplace changing but so is the workforce. More and more Millennials, also known as Gen Y, are entering the workplace. According to Time Magazine, there are currently 40 million Millennials in the workface. This will mean that three out of every four workers will be a Millennial by 2025 worldwide. Millennials are social beings who enjoy …

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Collaboration Across Cultures: Two Perspectives, One Meeting

This article was written in collaboration with Indra Freeman. This world is more connected than ever before. Technology has allowed us to collaborate across cultures, eliminate our geographical limitations and create relationships without consideration to distance. Working for a company with global offices has expanded my international relations and knowledge immensely. I often meet with associates in Australia, Ireland and …

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How GlobalMeet Audio Innovations Empower the Modern Business

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The heart of any meeting is a high-quality audio connection, regardless of whether you’re meeting in person or virtually. Consistent audio is vital to collaboration; we’ve all been in meetings that were ruined by scratchy, dropped or otherwise inconsistent audio performance. Ensuring secure, enterprise-grade audio conferencing is essential for businesses all over the globe. PGi provides audio conferencing to some …

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5 Tips for a Beginner to Attend a Web Conference Like a Pro

Companies all over the world are using web conferencing to better communicate with coworkers, clients and prospective customers. Even though the technology is relatively easy to use, it can seem intimidating to beginners. These five tips will help you feel more relaxed and ensure your first online meeting results in a pleasant experience. 1.       Test the software Practice really does make …

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6 Tips for Conducting a Productive Virtual Meeting

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If you’re a small business owner with employees working from home across the country or the world, you can significantly reduce your operating expenses by scheduling virtual meetings. Putting that concept into practice, however, can present a challenge. Virtual meetings have their benefits, but only if you know how to pull them off effectively. If you’ve struggled in the past, …

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The New Competition: Collaboration at Work

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Competitive environments have long been valorized as the best way to bring out individual strengths, thus contributing to a stronger future organism and body as a whole. As the basis for natural selection, competition surrounds us and is inherent to our fundamental biology. This concept is also true for capital markets and business environments. Collaborative behaviors, while perhaps less assertive …

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3 Best Practices for Productive Meetings from Anywhere

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With the proliferation of smartphones and tablets and easy, global access to cloud-based web conferencing tools like iMeet and GlobalMeet, our meetings have officially shed the shackles of the conference room. Just this week, I’ve been on meetings with team members at their home offices, in airport terminals and at their local coffee shops, and these meetings are just as high …

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Why your business meetings need more structure

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Adding more structure to meetings is a way to make them more productive, new research shows. Employees improve their performance when their business meetings are conducted in a structured environment where everyone reflects on his or her role and how it relates to the overall performance of the team, the study indicates. The researchers believe communication is essential in this …

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Remote Managers: 5 Ways to Inspire Greatness When You Aren’t There

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One of the foundational roles of a great leader is to build trust—between himself and his team and among his coworkers. Remote managers are faced with unique challenges: they must create an atmosphere of trust, inspire employee integrity and actively lead teams in spite of working out of the office most—if not all—of the time. Effective communication is essential to …

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The Changing Face of the Conference Call: How Toll Free is Costing You

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When we talk about the evolution of audio, web and video conferencing today, there are a lot of innovations we tend to focus on: sleek mobile apps, HD video streaming, cloud storage, etc. However, there is a very basic, fundamental change taking place in conferencing today as a result of several of these innovations that is often overlooked. With automatic …

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