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In Plain English: The "boings" (tones) in conference calls?

Conference calls are a staple of the American workplace. Sometimes though, little things about them can drive us crazy. Like the “boing”. You know, the electronic tone that alerts you when someone has joined your call. For most people, it’s a great feature which helps you keep track of when people join or leave your call. Sometimes though, that “boing” …

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Yes, I Talk To Myself: Making Good Use of the Habit for Meetings

Okay, I’ll admit it: I talk to myself. It helps me flesh out ideas, focus on the task at hand, and, well- I find myself quite interesting, thank you. My mother does it too, so I’ll blame it on genetics. In an article in the NY Times called Thinking Out Loud, GA Tech psychology professor Randy Engle says the behavior …

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Anatomy of a Successful Meeting – Part One: Planning

Every year, PGi hosts 40 million meetings. Multiply that by the average time it takes to convene, and that’s a lot of time spent in meetings! So, how do we make the best use of that time to make sure our meetings are as productive as possible? According to an article from Ad Age, the majority of meetings could be …

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More on Face To Face: Making Social Local

PGi recently sponsored several events during South by Southwest in Austin, TX, aka SXSW. PGi CMO Jackie Yeaney wrote about her experience on the Fast Company website, in the blog Making Social Local at SXSW. Notable quote from Jackie: “Truth is, even though the typical SXSW attendee loves meeting in the social space, they can’t escape the fact that humans …

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Tips For The Overbooked Soul

Sound familiar? “The Overbooked: Doesn’t know how to say no to a meeting invite so they attend them all. And are late to them all! The Overbooked generally greets team gatherings with “Sorry, I had a meeting that ran late…”” Are you an Overbooked Soul? Keep your priorities list right in front of you, every day. Before you accept a …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Face to Face Meetings (Say What?)

Yes, I work for a company that sells technology that allows people to skip face to face meetings. Products like web conferencing and the mundane conference call are amazing tools to help get things done. But I’ll always give a big thumbs up to face to face meetings. In the era of Twitter, Facebook updates, and email dependence, even picking …

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5 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Meeting Provider

The web meeting (aka web conferencing) market has continued to experience 25% plus growth over the past year despite the global recession. More and more people are turning to virtual meetings to cut costs, increase efficiency, and enhance productivity. With demand comes supply, and a flurry of new providers have appeared on the horizon. So when it’s time to choose …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down: Telemedicine

The healthcare system in the US continues to stay in the spotlight. One offering, called telemedicine, is seen by many as a way to extend choice to patients who live in rural communities or professionals who are too busy to schedule doctor appointments.In the video “A New Kind of House Call”on CNN.com, you can see a reporter meet with a …

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PGi Support – What Customers Are Saying

In the era of information immediacy, social networking, and millions of texts daily, we are all bombarded with information. When it comes to word of mouth, it can be difficult to figure out what’s really accurate. If you have questions about the PGi products that you use, you can count on the PGi Support site to be current, accurate, and …

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The New Meeter: One Month Later, One Month Wiser?

After a month on the job, I have almost completely adapted to working remotely. Whether I’m on campus or at home, at my desk or on my back porch, I’m just a couple clicks away from the rest of my team. I love the convenience of dialing a ten-digit number and connecting with people across the country, and as long …

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Give a Better Presentation – Try This Activity

This is my presentation tip for the day: From many presentations I’ve sat in on over the last decade, I know many of you struggle with this: LESS IS MORE I definitely struggle with this – there’s often so much good material to share that I want to 1) make sure it gets out and 2) make sure my meeting participants have …

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The "New Meeter." My 2010 Meeting Resolutions

As an intern here at PGi, I’m completely new to this whole teleconferencing thing. Conference calls have opened up an entirely new and confusing world of meetings for me. Never before have I had to try to identify who was speaking, laughing or coughing in a meeting. Nor have I entered a meeting, to which I was not invited, unannounced. …

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down – Downsizing Via Video Chat

Last weekend I saw the movie “Up In The Air,” nominated for a slew of Oscars, with a sobering view of the life of road warriors. Ryan Bingham, played by George Clooney, is more than just a road warrior- he spends his days firing people on behalf of their companies. When a newly minted Ivy League grad joins his firm …

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Stop Speaking in the Dark

As a work-at-home employee, I‚Äôm constantly using conference calls to stay connected. While I love the tool, I sometimes feel like I‚Äôm speaking in the dark. Too often I find myself asking the person I‚Äôm meeting with to describe what they‚Äôre seeing or emailing screen shots back and forth. What a waste of time! With all the time spent trying …

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Poll: Meeting Sites for the Home-Based Worker

These days more and more people are working out of their homes. While it’s true that most conversations can be held using audio and web conferencing, sometimes it is necessary to meet face-to-face. But with pets, children and a sink full of dirty dishes, it isn’t always appropriate to invite someone to meet at your house. You need an alternate …

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