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SXSW4Japan Raises $100,000+

What happens when you get thousands of techies, musicians and filmmakers in the same place at the same time? It’s called SXSW in Austin, Texas, where thousands converge from all over the world to make creative history. It also means that spur of the moment innovation can spark at a moment’s notice for a worthy cause. When the Japan earthquake …

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SXSW 2011 – Keeping People Connected

Jumping from panel to panel and party to party, it was so exciting to be a part of SXSW® 2011. Loads of creativity, brainpower and technology thrived while thousands of festival goers took to the streets, the Convention Center, meeting rooms and nearly every nook and cranny of downtown Austin. When reflecting on SXSW and everything that happened over the …

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Dog Bless You: Leading with Compassion at SXSW 2011

When the earthquake and tsunami hit Japan last week, the country’s devastation instantly vaulted to the forefront of Austin’s SXSW interactive conference. Developers, bloggers, tech gurus and philanthropists all united to spread the word and their generosity to aid Japan during this time of need. Sean O’Brien, Senior Vice President of Strategy & Communications at PGi had the opportunity to …

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Exploring the World with iMeet

After our “One World, One Room” meeting, the PGi team felt exhilarated. The very fact that we had shared in the experience of connecting colleagues, coworkers and friends all around the world, representing every continent, left us thrilled. We felt like explorers spreading the power of iMeet. And news travels fast. The iMeet experience has now reached reviewer Aliza Sherman …

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Get Face-to-Face and be More Productive

The best virtual meetings deliver the personal nature of face-to-face meetings but encourage convenience and efficiency too. As well, businesses want online meetings to be simple; simplicity increases the likelihood that you’ll receive more employee buy-in.

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Not Your Average Conference Call

It goes without saying at PGi we host a lot of meetings. A. Lot. Of. Meetings. In fact, we’ve been the technology behind nearly half a billion meetings in the last five years. The fearless blog team, which includes some superstars in our Care organization, started talking about some of the wacky calls that have taken place over the years. …

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Telecommuting During the Snowpocalypse

In recent weeks, icy storms have swept the country. Dallas, Texas, felt colder than Anchorage, Alaska, last week, allowing many southerners to discover the art of building a snowman. Both private and public transportation can easily be impaired during winter storms; worse, drivers often learn the hard way how dangerous it is to drive on icy roads. However, weather difficulties …

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PGi in the HBR: Who Should be Your Chief Collaboration Officer?

At PGi, we take meetings seriously and understand the complexities of managing an organization’s collaboration needs. Check out this Harvard Business Review blog co-authored by PGi’s own Scott Tapp and Berkley professor Morten Hansen: link.

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To Go Green, the U.S. Government Will Expand Use of Web Conferencing

In a July 26th article about teleworking on FederalTimes.com, it was noted that the U.S. government was pledging to cut green house gas emission caused by their workers by 13% before the end of 2020. A couple methods they plan to use is encouraging workers to telework more and taking advantage of online meeting technologies. Tim Kauffman states that “to …

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Are You Hung Up About the Right Time to Host a Meeting?

In today‚Äôs information packed world, the timing of your message can mean everything. Want a Journalist‚Äôs attention? According to a¬†recent Business Wire poll, Tuesday mornings are¬†the optimal time to send a news release. If you‚Äôve just written a new blog post for your readers, try publishing on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. According to Daily Blog Tips, these tend to …

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Tips for Telecommuters – Part 2

An earlier post on flexible workplace policies reported that arrangements such as job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting can increase the productivity of a company‚Äôs workforce and its overall bottom line. I believe this is true when both the employer and employee are careful to set up guidelines. In my most recent post, I talked about having …

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In Plain English: Global Conference Calling Explained

Global conference calling sounds great, and it’s a term you hear often. But what exactly does it mean, anyway? In the USA and Canada, most of us are quite familiar with the regular old conference call- dial a toll or toll free number, enter a passcode, and you’re “good to go.” When it comes time for someone outside North America …

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Work from Anywhere: Because I Want to Help My Employer, the Economy and the Environment

According to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers ‚Äî Work-Life Balance and the Economics of Workplace Flexibility (PDF) ‚Äî published in March 2010, many companies overlook the benefits of implementing flexible workplace policies for their employees. Flexible workplace arrangements can include job sharing, phased retirement of older workers, and telecommuting. These practices allow workers to continue making productive …

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Why I need to work from anywhere: Banks, Physical Therapy, Doctor’s Appointments and Everyone Else You Have to Work Around

Have you ever noticed that you always have to go out of your way to make it to the bank on time? You’re always the one who has to leave in the middle of your day to visit the doctor? It’s like everyone in financial and health services has decided their hours are going to be 9-5 only (with a …

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Reasons to work from anywhere: Because I am pregnant

The light ahead is fast approaching. I am in my last two months of my first pregnancy and let’s just say I have learned A LOT on the way. In the beginning, most of the other moms I talked to went on and on about how wonderful it feels to be pregnant. The reality is that it is not all …

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