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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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My 2010 Meeting Resolutions

I was thinking the other day that every year my resolutions always revolve around the same theme: be more active, spend more time with family and friends, hone a particular skill (last year was painting walls without blue tape – much harder than you think!).This year, I have a professional resolution: I will hone my meetings skills. Here are three …

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Collaboration Not Just For Big Business

Collaboration – virtual group meetings often involving desktop sharing and video – is often thought of as a “big business” need. This perspective is rooted in the fact that enterprise projects often have more people involved, and those people are widely dispersed. A recent article – “Collaboration Increasingly Crucial to Way We Do Business” debunks that myth and hints at …

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RX for Working Through H1N1

It seems everyone is talking about it ‚Äì H1N1. Daycares, schools and companies of all sizes have planned how they‚Äôll keep a workforce together during a pandemic. Although reports of how severe it is vary widely, one thing is certain ‚Äì the virus is widespread. Even obsessive use of hand sanitizer didn‚Äôt spare me from its reach. I have two …

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Poll: Multi-Tasking

I got caught! While on a conference call on Friday, I was reading my email instead of paying attention to the matter being discussed. Of course, someone said, “Hey Jill, what do you think?” Embarrassed, I promptly muttered, “Oh, I’m sorry. What was the question?” I guess we all multi-task while participating in conference calls.

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Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down – Wedding Webcasts

Next up in our “Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down” series- wedding webcasts. How many brides and grooms have heard the disappointing words “I won’t be able to make your wedding” from a favorite friend or relative? The reality in today’s world of far-flung friends and family, along with high travel costs, is that many couples simply can’t have everyone that …

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Meeting Resolutions: Resolving to See the World Around Me

As PGi develops products that promote global communications, nurturing “one world” philosophy as geographic boundaries blur, I find myself continually inspired by the cross-cultural networks we support. Here in the microcosm of the Austin PGi office, the cube walls are low and the camaraderie is high – truly, we connect. We share a collaborative, light-hearted atmosphere where conversations run the …

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My 2010 Meeting Resolutions: Taking a Tip from Google

If you think you have a lot of meetings, talk to Google VP of Search Products, Marissa Mayer. She’s in over 70 meeting every week. Yet, she credits her meeting structure for leading to some of Google’s most innovative ideas. In a recent BusinessWeek article (“How to run a meeting like Google”), Mayer lists her six steps to running successful …

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I Love a Good Meeting, and This is Why (or, 6 Musts for a Productive Meeting)

First thing’s first… Our CMO, Jackie Yeaney, posted this fantastic blog post on Fast Company, and I couldn’t agree more. All signs for me point to Meeting Maestro. Have you figured out what kind of meeting personality you are? — Do you love meetings? I love meetings. Let me tell you why. I live in San Francisco. My teams are …

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Share Your Meeting Moments

We have all had some great meeting experiences. Whether it is by mastering conferencing technology or by knocking the socks off participants with your killer presentation we want to hear about your experiences! On the flip side, we’ve all participated in those meetings in the background someone is boarding a plane, scolding their kids or ordering a latte. At PGi …

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Business today is more global than ever. The near-universal adoption of broadband Internet and mobile computing technologies over the past decade has created a worldwide marketplace for goods and services. Business competition is no longer confined to geographic boundaries; rather, businesses compete on a level, global playing field for customers and across every stage of the supply chain. Against this …

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Why I love Meeting – Working from Home, Part 2

In my last post, I wrote about how the daily commute not only wastes more than 100 hours of the average American’s year but often creates stress that spills over at home. I don’t know about you, but I despise waiting in line, especially when what I’m waiting in line for is a big, steaming bowl of more stress. Isn’t …

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New Blog Series – Thumbs Up or Thumbs Down to New Uses of Online Meetings

For my next series of blog entries, I’m going to cover some new and sometimes controversial uses of online meetings technology. I’d love to hear your feedback on how you feel about these new applications of technology. A recent article in Time magazine covers a new trend in hiring – webcam interviews. Hiring managers claim it saves time and money …

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Why I love Meeting – Working from Home, Part 1

In 2005 it was reported that the average American spends over 100 hours in traffic delays every year. That’s more than the average two weeks (80 hours) of vacation most workers take each year. A recent study in the New York Times shows the effects of this burnout and how it can spill over at home in the form of …

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Comical Conferencing Calamities Part Deux

And now for our second installment of “Conferencing Calamities.” Remember, these were actual conference calls that our customers participated in and later told us about. We can’t make this stuff up! Conferencing Calamity #2: “We recently had a great laugh when a participant flushed a toilet, scolded his dog and answered his door to accept a delivery. No harm done, …

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