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9 Essential Tech Tools Every Business Traveler Needs

We’ve all been there. You’re on the road, traveling for business and your smartphone battery dies. Nowhere to plug in, and you’re stuck in a meeting until 5. In addition to the prescribed laptop and smartphone is a battery charging pack—and these eight other tech tools every business traveler needs. External battery pack. Major airports have gotten much better at …

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Teamsgiving Survey Results

Inspired by the notion of giving thanks in November, we surveyed our customer base to gauge attitudes and unearth insights on the way knowledge workers feel about their teams. Nearly 500 PGi customers from a variety of industries and company sizes replied. And guess what? Teams have a lot of be thankful for. In fact, we’d like to crown these …

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5 New Apps to Boost Your Productivity

We all have our tricks to get more done during the workday. We turn our IM to “do not disturb,” work from home, shut off our smartphones and doodle to-do lists on napkins. Fortunately for workers everywhere, there are a bunch of new(ish) apps available to help get more done in less time. Here are five new apps to boost …

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6 Collaboration Trends Shaping the Future of IT

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Collaboration-centric strategies are now at the heart of modern IT departments, breaking down formerly rigidly defined siloes and creating responsive, communicative teams through methodologies like agile development. Instead of reacting slowly to change, IT now plans for it far in advance, remaining flexible enough to respond in real time rather than being purely reactive. Instead of waiting for lengthy analysis and approvals, …

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Sales Presentations: How to Lose Your Audience in 10 Ways

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Want your sales presentation to bore at new extremes? Here are 10 of the most unattractive presentation ideas and off-putting ways to pitch your prospects. Sales Presentations: How to Lose Your Audience in 10 Ways from PGi Put everything you’ll say on your slides. Use small font so it all fits. Read every slide. Write your data out in bullets. Show …

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Time for Personality to Shine

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Employers have neglected the impact personality can have on the success of flexible working, but researchers are turning their attention to strategies for smooth transitions, says Heather Greig-Smith. Not everyone desires flexibility. There are those who prefer to come into an office to work nine to five even if they are given flexibility over work location and time. Only some …

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5 Tips to Recruit Top Telecommuting Talent

Whether you have a remote or brick-and-mortar company, there may come a time when you need to hire a virtual worker. That’s a good thing, since opening up your talent pool to the virtual worker world means you’ll be able to find the best talent out there and not be limited by geographic locations. But here’s the thing: remote workers …

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Why No One Cares About Your Presentation: 5 Don’ts

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Presentations are scary business. For some, it’s the public speaking part that makes them buckle at the knees. For others, it’s the fear of putting everyone to sleep that makes them worry about every detail. But killer presentations aren’t a “pie in the sky.” You simply need to throw out all your old ideas about presentations and subscribe to a …

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5 Things Hocus Pocus Can Teach You about Teamwork

It’s time to dim the lights, curl up under a blanket and turn on your favorite Halloween flick. If you’re a Millennial, parent of a Millennial or have been coherent for the last 22 years, then you know Hocus Pocus is a Halloween classic. Every October, I grab a bowl (or a cauldron) of miniature candies, light some candles and invite …

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Making Customers the Hero at MarketingProfs B2B 2015 Forum

Are your marketing efforts focusing more on your story than the customer’s? Do your marketing campaigns feel a little less than, well, human? This year’s MarketingProfs’ B2B Marketing Forum on Oct. 21-23 was all about the three C’s: creating customer connections! Across all 54 sessions, the message echoed again and again is to put the customer at the center, as recapped by …

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Recap: GITEX Tech Week

GITEX is the third largest technology event in the world, and this year, PGi had the opportunity to participate as an exhibitor. The 35th annual GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) Tech Week, hosted Oct 16-20 in Dubai, UAE, is an annual computer and electronics exhibition and conference that hosted 143,000 attendees and over 4,000 exhibitors. The exhibition hosted companies in …

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Waking the Dead: A Guide to a Killer Presentation

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You’re making a presentation, and suddenly, you hear “squeeeeak..clonk, clonk, clonk.” A monster’s on the way! What do you do? How do you wake the dead? How do you keep beasties and ghouls from ruining your pitch? Here’s your guide to a killer presentation. How to Slay a Zombie Silent and unresponsive, zombies have limited function in their brains, and …

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PGi Honored to Be Named a Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace – 5 Years and Counting!

For the 5th year in a row, PGi is honored once again to be named a Best Adoption-Friendly Workplace by The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption®, this time winning the top spot in the Communications category. PGi is committed to providing the best, most comprehensive benefits to all of our associates and recognizes the challenges parents face in finalizing their …

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The Email Mistake Horror Show, Starring Me

You always hear about those nightmarish work stories that haunt you to the core. Like the one where you’re asked to share a presentation you didn’t think was due for another week. Or the one where you’re stuck in the elevator with the CEO of your company and you suddenly have the intellect of a potato. Don’t worry, I think …

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10 Tech Tools of Terror

10 Tech Tools of Terror

The average American adult now checks their phone 150 times per day. There will be 26 billion autonomous Internet-connected devices by 2020. Technology is now so intertwined with our daily lives and so ubiquitous in our society, it’s hard to believe that just eight years ago the first iPhone was released or that just 18 years ago the first social …

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