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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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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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