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8 Levels of Awkwardness on Disastrous Conference Calls

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Once again, your conference call starts late, runs long and is full of pauses and disruptions, but maybe no one noticed, right? Wrong! Behind the scenes, your meeting participants are wincing, yawning, multitasking and boiling with anger. Drink a cold glass of reality and see the faces behind your disastrous conference calls. Here are eight levels of awkwardness on conference …

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[White Paper] Exploring Conferencing and Collaboration Pain Points

Conferencing and collaboration expenses are one of an enterprise’s most volatile and difficult to predict, making accurate budgeting and forecasting practically impossible. Based on research conducted by AOTMP, optimizing telecom costs is the top telecom management activity for organizations this year, with a focus on conferencing expenses: In a new white paper produced by AOTMP and sponsored by PGi, common enterprise conferencing …

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Join PGi at Gartner Catalyst 2015!

Today Gartner Catalyst kicks off in San Diego, bringing with it a 4-day event featuring industry leaders and analysts ready for in-depth discussions and panels about tech trends and IT strategy and development for modern business. Attendees will dive into the development, strategy and execution of leveraging mobile, cloud and big data to gain a competitive advantage. At the Catalyst …

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4 Reasons to Take Your Meetings Outside

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In a world ruled by technology it seems almost impossible to take your eyes off of a screen. Whether it’s smartphone, laptop, TV or any other device, you can’t escape screens. You look at screens at home, at work, at school, in the car, walking down the street, people rarely lift their heads to acknowledge one another anymore. So what …

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10 Commandments of Virtual Teams

Virtual teams are becoming a norm for modern businesses. According to PGi’s 2015 Global Telework Survey, 79% of knowledge workers reported working outside the office. With more teams working remote, it’s important to remember a few commandments to keep teams working successfully. Check out PGi’s 10 commandments for virtual teams: 10 Commandments of Virtual Teams from PGi 1. Thou Shalt …

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Sales & Marketing Alignment: Best Practices for Dispersed Teams

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During our recent webinar, Ask the Experts with SiriusDecisions: 4 Pillars of Building Sales & Marketing Alignment, my cohost Jason Hekl, Vice President and Group Director at SiriusDecisions, explained how to build alignment with shared definitions and processes. As he said, though, none of this works without very tight communication. For sales and marketing teams that are dispersed, establishing and …

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

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Saying “Good morning!” is something you do without thinking in the office but quickly forget when you’re working from home. But greeting your teammates is one of the best morning routines you can establish for virtual team building. Here’s why those two little words are such a powerful start to your workday: 1. It helps you establish a morning routine. A …

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Master Back-to-School with These Productivity Apps

Today, thousands of children head back to school, and that means added strain on working parents. From remembering bus schedules and parent-teacher conferences to soccer practice and after school activities, keeping your children on schedule while maintaining your own schedule can be stressful. Staying productive and organized can be made a little easier with a few productivity apps. To ease …

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Get Your Free Collabohaters Identification Field Guide

Collabohaters

Team spirit’s down, good ideas seem to have dried up and your meetings have become 15 minutes of fame for conversation hijackers. If that sounds like the state of your business collaboration, you may have some collabohaters on your hands. Here are the big ones and how to identify them before they eat up anymore work time: The 9 Types …

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Top 3 iMeet Tricks to Make Your Webinar Run Smoothly

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GetBullish is an organization that provides business and career advice to take-charge women, and holds an annual conference. We’ve been running our webinar program with iMeet for the past year. Women register in our shop for trainings and discussions about career design, networking and pitching, entrepreneurship, negotiating and more. And then the magic begins… Here’s how we use iMeet for …

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Abusing the Online Interview Process

This is a public service announcement: There is definitely a right and wrong way to conduct an online interview! Technology has come a long way in helping human resources departments with the interviewing process. Online interviews can help businesses save time and money when looking for the right candidate for the job. But, as I unfortunately found out, companies can …

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[Webinar] CIO vs. CMO: FIGHT!

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The relationship between the CIO and CMO can be a contentious one at times. CMOs don’t think the IT department moves fast enough or understands their team’s unique needs. And CIOs worry that marketing often circumvents them when making promises to the business and to customers. However, with marketing technology becoming increasingly vital and complex, it can’t be CIO vs. …

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Why Your Business Needs Remote Workers

Telecommuting is a phrase that’s been around for quite some time, but until recently, the idea hasn’t been a mainstream business practice. In PGi’s recent Global Telework Survey, it was found that more than ever before, companies are embracing flexible working, with 66 percent of respondents saying telecommuting is more positively viewed in their organization. With remote work programs gaining …

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Flexibility vs. Agility: Is Flexibility a Dirty Word?

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In some quarters, flexibility has become a dirty word. One to be banished from business terminology for sending the wrong message. That’s not to say these people and organisations are demanding that their employees are chained to their desks from nine to five and beyond, refusing to allow freedom in working practices. When it comes to being flexible, some of …

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The 5 Phases of a Bad Meeting Pandemic

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Typically, a meeting will go something like this: the host sets intentions and expectations, resources and people are gathered, an invitation is sent with detailed instructions, the meeting kicks off on time with introductions, questions and note-taking spark engagement, the host wraps up with next steps and a follow-up email recaps and reminds every worker of their responsibilities and deadlines. …

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