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7 Telecommuting Personalities – Which One are You? Free eBook and Quiz

A recent PGi telecommuting survey revealed that 80% of us work for companies with telecommuting programs. But is your personality built for telecommuting success? Take this quick poll to find out which personalities are in your team – and which personality you are. Now that you know what personality you are – and which telecommuting personalities are in your team …

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How to Make Emotional Connections Online

In sales guru Dan Solin’s latest book, The Smartest Sales Book You’ll Ever Read, Dan includes a section on the power of video conferencing for creating emotional, human connections online. I was fortunate to be asked to provide my insights for the video conferencing chapter: According to Sean O’Brien, an executive for the company behind iMeet, the formula for successful …

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Web Conferencing Helps Communications Professionals

Corporate communications professionals understand how important it is to quickly relay information to the people who need it. However, as companies continue to grow globally, it‘s becoming more difficult for communications professionals to effectively reach their various audiences. In-person meetings are becoming less common as virtual workplaces grow in popularity. With teams and clients dispersed across the globe, it’s impossible …

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Audio + Lync Come Together at Lync Conference 2014

Last month, PGi was a Bronze Sponsor at the Lync Conference 2014 in Las Vegas. Approximately 1,600 Lync administrators and users from all over the world gathered at this conference to share, connect and learn more about Lync. To help conference goers better understand the multiple offerings that Lync Online (Skype for Business) can provide for their businesses, time was …

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Professional Development | The Importance of Being Brave in Your Career

“Nothing is black and white, nothing’s ‘us or them.’ But then there are magical, beautiful things in the world. There’s incredible acts of kindness and bravery, and in the most unlikely places, it gives you hope.” — Dave Matthews There are twice as many “actively disengaged” workers in the world as there are “engaged” workers, according to a Gallup report. …

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Are You Ready for the Future of Social Selling? Here’s Your Survival Guide

Sales pros: Are you trying to figure out how to embrace the future of social selling? Trying to get an edge in our increasingly competitive B2B and B2C landscape? Old-school sales techniques no longer giving you the edge? Need new ways to grow your business through customer expansion, business development and sales prospecting? Sales leaders from PGi, Hubspot, LinkedIn, Top …

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Productivity at Work | 2014 Anti-Trend List for Modern Workers

2014 is a pivotal year for modern workers and productivity at work. Companies are just starting to get on board with worker demands: flexible work, benefits and technology choices. Workers are starting to use technology to work smarter and improve their productivity at work: mobile devices, productivity apps and intuitive collaboration software. To move forward, however, we must STOP habits …

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How Technology is Transforming Leadership

The only way to be an effective leader is to constantly challenge yourself to improve. Regardless of your title or industry, true leaders are constantly evolving and learning, adapting to new expectations, new models of thinking and new faces. As business leaders, technology has added yet another layer of complexity. By redefining the workforce, reimagining ways to get work done …

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On the First Day of Telework, PGi Gave to me Tools that Make Remote Work Easy

Over the next 12 days, we will be bringing you the 12 Days of Telework. Each day we will highlight 12 different benefits of telework. Talented individuals are located all over the world and unfortunately sometimes they are not conveniently located next to a company’s office. Here at PGi, we’ve adopted flexible work schedules and encouraged remote work. This has …

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PGi Acquires Powwownow

PGi Acquires Powwownow

I am excited to share that PGi has acquired UK-based Powwownow, one of Europe’s fastest growing conferencing and collaboration providers focused on small and midsize businesses. For more information, please read the press release. By joining forces, PGi is now positioned as the second largest independent conferencing and collaboration provider in Europe. Powwownow’s dominance in the SMB space in the …

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Sir Ken Robinson on Creativity and Innovation in the 21st Century

PGi has always been committed to leveraging creativity and innovation in order to design and produce the most intuitive and effective collaboration tools in the world. Our entire management team and all of our associates are firm believers in the power of innovation and how it can change all of our personal and professional lives for the better. In the …

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Building the Best Presentation Game Plan

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When executed correctly, presentations can be a powerful tool that can bring a crowd to their feet and leave them wanting more. The problem is—this rarely happens. We’ve all attended a bad presentation. Over three million bad PowerPoint presentations happen every day. According to a recent PGi survey, 80 percent of attendees have checked email during a presentation, 60 percent …

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How to Manage Long-Distance Client Relationships

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Today, a client may be right around the corner or located on the other side of the world. Thanks to new innovations in technology, many companies are interacting with their clients through several different communication channels. The following tips will help you create strong connections with prospects and maintain a personal connection with your current clients—no matter their locations. Emails …

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Top 5 SlideShare Fun Presentation Ideas Slide Decks

We all love to hate a horrendous presentation, but SlideShare’s amazingly talented crowd has some amazingly fun presentation ideas that will help you be the best in your company. Here are the top five SlideShare presentations with fun presentation ideas you can use today. 1. Death by PowerPoint (and how to fight it) — Alexei Kapterev [slideshare id=85551&doc=death-by-powerpoint4344] The stats in …

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The 7 Types of People who Waste Time in Meetings

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No matter the size of your company or what industry you’re in, you’re probably familiar with bad meetings. Whether it’s virtual or in-person, a bad meeting can waste your time and ruin your productivity for the day. Several reasons can contribute to a failed meeting. Not being prepared and dealing with various technology issues are some of the more common …

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Seven Ways to Get Great Ideas out of a Virtual Brainstorming Session

As the business world becomes more global, you may find yourself collaborating with colleagues and clients from all over the world. Because of this, online meeting software has become a vital tool for businesses. With the right meeting technology, individuals can still stay connected no matter their geographic locations. Try these seven techniques to help you effectively brainstorm during your …

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Are You Listening? Using Meeting Tools to Get Guest Feedback During a Meeting

If not executed successfully, meetings can be one of the biggest wastes of time in the corporate world. Because of this, people are constantly looking for ways to improve their meetings by trying various techniques that allow them to efficiently share information with colleagues and clients. It’s vital to the success of your meetings to realize that a meeting should …

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Does Adding Humor to a Meeting Increase Attentiveness?

Meetings happen all the time in the business world. Some are more productive and enjoyable, while others keep you on the edge of your seat—so you can be the first one out the door when it’s over. With attention spans decreasing to only last a few minutes, it’s important that you take the necessary steps to keep your audience engaged …

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Add Collaboration to Your Sales Vocabulary (and Make Money Doing It)

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On the first of every month, join me as I put Partners 1st with perspectives, advice and insights into how today’s technology trends are changing the way we live, collaborate and do business. It’s no secret that we’re big advocates of collaboration here at PGi. We’ve designed and built web, audio and video conferencing tools and a world-class network infrastructure all with …

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Balance Isn’t Always 50/50: Making Constant Adjustment in Work-Life Balance

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Work-life balance is constantly shifting and evolving. In his recent TED Talk, Dan Thurmon explores how our life patterns can be transcended by living off balance on purpose. Striving for a life well-lived means we are constantly adjusting, performing what Thurmon describes as the “quick switch” rather than multi-tasking. As technology constantly evolves to our needs, both real and anticipated, …

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